Satan’s Tool

Revelation 12:9-11 (KJV) 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.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

I do not believe that Satan has access to God to accuse us any longer.  He was cast out of Heaven and Jesus overcame Satan’s lies when He rose from the grave.   I think Satan now accuses us to each other to create division.  Satan is equipped with the knowledge that we can take those accusations before God as His children or to create division in the body.  That is immediately where my mind went as I heard this passage.

My mind took me back to a time when a small group of people accused me before others. I won’t act like I did nothing that could have been interpreted differently, but three of the claims were 100% untrue. I thought quite smugly, “Lord, they were tools of Satan in my life.  They were suppose to be fellow Christians.” And then the still small voice “Don’t be so quick to pass judgement, you too have been Satan’s tool.”

SatanstoolTaking time to self-reflect, I realize it is so easy to voice my view on something that is happening without taking into consideration all the factors at play.  There are always at least two sides to every story.  Scenes of times that I have accused others without having the full story passed through my mind.  I started to question things that I should consider.

Do I stop and consider the other side before running my mouth about someone else?

Do I look at all the factors before complaining to someone else about another’s actions?

Do I take my complaints directly to the person for clarification or do I just allow myself to become a tool of Satan accusing my brethren to others?

How much division am I sowing?  It might not be intentional or even conscious, but if I am accusing a brethren, I am sowing discord.  Scripture tells me this is something that the Lord hates.

These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:16-19

I admit that I have been Satan’s tool.  I can count too many times where additional information comes to light and I find myself eating crow.  I am learning to keep my mouth shut, but there are still times I fail.  I have scarcely thought about being used by Satan in accusing others and sowing discord.  I appreciate that God will open my eyes to areas that I still need work.  I am thankful for His grace that covers my failings, and His grace that can help me walk out the truths that are revealed.


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