Originally posted by LeoVirgo
reply to post by On the Edge
The adversary and accuser have their purpose for Thee. When you are in the Divine Eye of God after life, you are your adversary, you accuse yourself,
there is no denying the self that we became while on Earth, you see why you had shortcomings and you see why they are considered a shortcoming. When
in 'the know' its not so much as a 'judging' but a 'learning'. All the while, you are unconditionally loved.
There are lower self's, some are very dark indeed, but all is connected, nothing is separate from God.
. All things you may deem as a work of Satan has its purpose.
Is there something that you have done in the past that you blame on Satan? Is there something a human has ever done that you give the credit to Satan
instead of expecting that person to own up for their actions one day?
We reap what we sow, because it is our deed to learn. If we were a prideful being or selfish, that is our way of flesh that we must still work on. If
you want to call the lower nature of man Satan, then I can somewhat agree...for we do deceive ourselves for our own comfort.
Sorry for not responding sooner. I was away from the computer most of the day.
Besides,your post deserves a thoughtful response,and I've been trying to think of what to say!
Naturally,I refer to the Bible when it comes to understanding the Accuser.
..."Revelation 12:7-12 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And
prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now
is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused
them before our God day and night"...
(I like when I find sites that explain things I believe better than I can!)
..."Satan's target is to get our hearts and to get our conscience and trouble us and attack us. He attacks us to God, but He moves in on us. He
moves in to knock us off. He attacks our Christianity. "So you're a Christian, huh? Oh, you're a Christian? What if everybody knew the kind of life
that you lived and the thoughts of your life and what you said or did not do? What if all the Christians...?" He will attack you to make you
absolutely shut up. He will make you feel guilty when there are no grounds for feeling guilty. He will make you feel guilty about everything under the
sun, and his purpose is to make us shut our mouths. There are Christians today who will not open their mouths because of an assault of Satan upon
their life. Everything that they did, Satan accuses them."...
So,yes,without going into the "gory details",there was an event in my life that caused me so much guilt,I felt totally seperated from God and
unworthy of even being called a Christian again!
I was in my mid-twenties at the time. Already a Christian,but a lightweight,I guess. I blame myself for my actions. No one was tristing my arm to do
what I did.
Because of being a Christian,I was convicted of my guilt.(Make no mistake. What I did was Wrong,by most any standard!) Instead of turning TO God,I
turned AWAY from God,in shame. I didn't give any thought to it even being caused by "Satan",it was just my own fallen nature that led me to do what
That guilt led me to nearly completely self-destruct. Why didn't I? God only knows! I believe He kept me around to do what I am doing right now!
I came through the darkest times of my life,and only upon looking back was I able to see things from a different perspective.
As I have for the past few years now,I am more aware of my particular weaknesses,which I feel Satan would use to make me less effective as a
witness,in addition to causing me suffering and shame,which God doesn't want for any of His children!
(From the same link as above)
Satan's target - your mind; his weapons - lies; his purpose - to make you ignorant of God's will; your defense - the inspired Word of God.
Satan's target - your body; his weapon - suffering; his purpose - to make you impatient with God's will; your defense - the imparted grace.
Satan's target - your will; Satan's weapon - pride; Satan's purpose - to make you independent of God's will; your defense - the indwelling Spirit
Satan's target - your heart and conscience; Satan's weapon - accusation; Satan's purpose - to bring an indictment by God's will; your defense -
the interceding Son. "..
I reaped plenty,believe me! And yet,when I turned back to Him,like the proverbial "prodigal son",there He was,waiting with open arms,through the
forgiveness of His Son!
I try to "walk in the Spirit" and not get distracted with "fleshy",worldly things. I know the contentment of a simple life of gratitude and
praise,and could ask for nothing more!
But if I was to let pride or greed or lust or resentments,or any number of things,creep in,I believe I could wind up in the same boat.
Christians aren't the only ones who experience guilt and the devastating inner,and outer,consequences that can bring.(We just see a bigger
Conspiracy at work!)
But frankly,there are people who say they believe in God and the Bible,but stop short of believing that Satan is "real". When Satan/Lucifer is
written of so extensively,too!)
[edit on 4-1-2010 by On the Edge]