Shutting Down the Voice of the Accuser

Resistance is only the evidence of your effectiveness and threat to invading and taking the enemy’s territory. Don’t stop, keep moving and take it all!

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Revelation 12:10-11

It is almost hard to grasp that the enemy works as hard against us as he does. The reality is, according to the Word of God, the enemy is constantly accusing “believers” who are intentionally taking ground from him. This means that he is always trying to pull us down below where God has called us. When we rise up in the call of God we will be “uncommon vessels” that threaten his territory. He tries to weary the saints.

The word “weary” means to:

  • Wear out
  • Wear away
  • Harass constantly

The definition for harass is to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way : to make repeated attacks against. It is just like the instance in Nehemiah where the people were building the wall. The enemy would come and mock, belittle, tease and bring accusations to discourage the people from building. When God has called you to do something it is not an option. As well, we don’t have to tolerate harassment. Jesus gave us authority over all the power of the enemy, to shut down his continual nagging. These are not “big blow” hits from the enemy but just the little constant, consistent irritations that he tries to bring. He does not want to be obvious, but just wants to bring enough to cause you to doubt, lose faith and quit doing what God has called you to. It is all in the spirit of mockery, doubt, unbelief and discouragement.

But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it. Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Nehemiah 4:7-9

Interesting enough, when you look up the meaning of the names of Sanballat and Tobiah. Sanballat means “strength” and Tobiah mean “Jehovah is good”. It is completely contradictory and confusing to their behavior. This is a picture of how everything can look right on the outside but it is what is on the inside that counts.

But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews will they fortify themselves will they sacrifice will they make an end in a day will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned

Nehemiah 4:1-2

Can you hear the doubt and unbelief in the tone of these words? Have you heard that before Tobias and Sanballat represent miserable people, the kind of people that don’t like their lives and they want to drag you down to their level. This shows how the enemy likes to work through what would be considered even “religiously correct” people to hinder the work of God. Here are religious people who have been given good names (albeit not living up to them) that have turned to worship false gods and have chosen to purposefully become a hindrance to God’s plan. Such is the insanity of the religious mindset that thinks it is spiritually profitable to tear down, rather than “build up”, to discourage rather than encourage. In response we see the wisdom of God given to God’s people to “ramp up” the prayer and set a watch against them day and night to keep progress moving for God’s plans. Notice that the response is not to war with them but rather to increase their intensified engagement with God as the solution.They keep their focus where it needs to be, on the work that God has set before them. This is also a picture of how we need to “come up higher” in our heart commitment to the Lord. When the challenge is raised before us, then we must turn up the heat of worship/prayer!”

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints
of the most High.

Daniel 7:25

The greater our response to the call of God, the greater our diligence in acts of faith and believing, the greater he will try to resist us. BUT we have the victory in Jesus Name and will prevail! For greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world. It is given to us to stay strong in the Lord, finding power in His grace to overcome. God fills in our gaps with His perfection as we lean upon Him. We don’t turn inward but upward to fulfill the vision that God has given.

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