In the last days there is going to be more and more accusations of the brethren. One day he will be cast out, but until then he will keep bringing charges against you. The charges may be true charges. Maybe you did things in the past that was a sin against God and he is bringing those things up. The charges also can be made up and total lies. Most of the time they are a mixture of both. Like Eve in the garden. Satan likes to mix a little truth with a lot of lies.
Revelation 12:10(Amplified Bible)
…for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out!
In the last days there will be troublemakers, slanders, and those who callous and inhuman. They are relentless and will not let a truce come and they will continue to accuse and make accusations to those of God.
Timothy 3:3-5(Amplified Bible)
3[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
4[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
This is a hard one for me, because at the end it says from such people turn away and some of those people happen to be family members. Sometimes our own family will be the very ones who will bring up our past sins and accuse us. If they have not truly given their lives to the living God, they will not understand God’s forgiveness. How God casts our sins away and remember them no more. (Repentance!)
Isaiah 43:25(King James Version)
25I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
Psalm 103:12(King James Version)As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
These people who are doing the accusations have become a law unto themselves.
Romans 2:14-15(King James Version) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
What are we to do when accusations come?
First we must examine ourselves. Have we sinned? Have we repented? Have we received what Jesus did for us at the Cross? Have we turned from our sin? (this is done only as we place our faith in what Jesus did and we will receive the help of the Holy Spirit to turn away)
We need to be void of offense toward God and toward men.
Acts 24:16(Amplified Bible)
16 Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men.
We need to have a good conscience. (this is not done with works or by anything that we can do ourselves)
Acts 23:1and Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
Matthew Henry’s commentary “Let us therefore take heed that we give him no cause of accusation against us; and that, when we have sinned, we presently go in before the Lord, and accuse and condemn ourselves, and commit our cause to Christ as our Advocate.”
Jesus is our Advocate and we must come to him to have a clear conscience.
We can be over comers. Here is how:
Revelation 12:11(Amplified Bible) And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing].
By the blood of the Lamb, as the meritorious cause. Christ by dying destroyed him that hath the power of death, that is, the devil. [2.] By the word of their testimony, as the great instrument of war, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,—by a resolute powerful preaching of the everlasting gospel, which is mighty, through God, to pull down strongholds,—and by their courage and patience in sufferings; they loved not their lives unto the death, when the love of life stood in competition with their loyalty to Christ; they loved not their lives so well but they could give them up to death, could lay them down in Christ’s cause; their love to their own lives was overcome by stronger affections of another nature; and this their courage and zeal helped to confound their enemies, to convince many of the spectators, to confirm the souls of the faithful, and so contributed greatly to this victory.
Acts 26:1-29 This is an example of an over comer. Please read. Paul was accused, told his testimony of God’s saving grace. He almost made King Agrippa a believer in the process. Sometimes our testimony will bring others to Christ and that is one thing that Satan does not like.
1 Peter 3:16-17(Amplified Bible)
[And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear (unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives].
17 For [it is] better to suffer [unjustly] for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than to suffer [justly] for doing wrong.
Matthew Henry’s commentary, “A good conversation in Christ is a holy life, according to the doctrine and example of Christ. “Look well to your conscience, and to your conversation; and then, though men speak evil of you, and falsely accuse you as evildoers, you will clear yourselves, and bring them to shame.
The most conscientious persons cannot escape the censures and slanders of evil men; they will speak evil of them, as of evildoers, and charge them with crimes which their very souls abhor: Christ and his apostles were so used…
…but thinking themselves at liberty to say and do what they please,” Ps. 12:4.
Psalm 12:4(Amplified Bible)
4 Those who say, With our tongues we prevail; our lips are our own [to command at our will]–who is lord and master over us?
There is so much that could be said, but the main thing is we go to God for forgiveness, repent, turn from our sins and turn to God, then let our Advocate Jesus fight the accusers.
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