Who Are Your Accusers?

“Woman, where are your accusers?” The woman, caught in adultery, was brought before Jesus by religious leaders. They were eager to see her stoned, to see if Jesus would uphold the law.

But soon they slunk away, shamed by what He said: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 

Then Jesus asked her what He asks each of us: Where are your accusers? Who is trying to condemn you?

Who are our accusers?

Demonic forces that feed lies, doubt, fear, guilt, and temptation into our minds.

You’ve sinned too much, you’re too far gone, you’ve blown it now, they murmur. You are destined to addiction or depression—or whatever hurts and traumas were passed down to you and taught to your mind.

The weight of those accusations burdens us in ways God never intended.

Who is the accuser-in-chief? Satan, defeated by the Cross forever:

“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” —Revelation 12:10

The accuser works to wear us down. Sometimes he succeeds.

Until Jesus stops and looks us in the eyes, and into our hearts and reminds us:

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). “Cast all your cares upon Me because I care for you” (I Peter 5:7).  “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

“Go and sin no more,” He told the woman.

Go! He says. Live your life in the abundance I promised you. Have joy! Be free of the destructive lifestyle and thoughts that harm you.

The enemy “comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

When you feel the pressure and condemnation, think of Jesus standing before you, asking, “Where are your accusers?”

They are not to be seen, vanquished by His very next words:

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

 

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley