Satan Accuses You Of His Own Thoughts

Satan will probably throw a fit of jealous rage and stoke the fires of his wrath seven times hotter until the flames of his blasphemous emotions engulf you.

When you see a snake creeping along, you can hardly tell which way it is heading. Satan moves in a similar fashion, turning this way and that to conceal his true intentions. Here are some of the methods he uses to accuse your soul and cloud your relationship with the Father.

He lays his own evil imaginings like foundling children at their door. How clever he is at this deception! When thoughts or inclinations contrary to the will and ways of God creep in, many dear Christians mistake these miserable orphans for their own children, and take upon themselves the full responsibility for these carnal passions. So deftly does the devil slip his own thoughts into the saint's bosom that by the time they begin to whimper, he is already out of sight. And the Christian, seeing no one but himself at home, supposes these misbegotten notions are his own. So he bears the shame himself, and Satan has accomplished his purpose.

What recourse does the child of God have? Stay in close fellowship with the Father. Then you will be able to repulse the devil's accusations by the sword of the Spirit. But be prepared for another assault. Like Nebuchadnezzar, Satan will probably throw a fit of jealous rage and stoke the fires of his wrath seven times hotter until the flames of his blasphemous emotions engulf you. By this he hopes to frighten you and so muddle your spiritual senses that you may yet be persuaded to draw a wrong conclusion--that you are no longer a child of God, for instance. The truth is, if you sin at all in this situation, it is because you doubt God's keeping power instead of doubting these mongrel emotions. My counsel in this case is to do with such feelings as you would with outlaw gangs who travel around the country harassing good citizens. While you may not be able to keep them from passing through your town, you can certainly see to it they do not settle there.

-William Gurnall