“For the accuser of our brethren has been cast down” (Rev 12:10), and the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). 

It was 1970. I was a college sophomore.  I walked into the college store, looked around at the shelves, and after aimless wandering among the shelves, I walked back through the swinging glass doors.  Then, it happened: a shrill voice pierced the air and my eardrums– “young man, get back in here”. I turned around in utter bewilderment in the direction of the voice toward the counter, where the store manager was gesticulating wildly. “Bring that stuff back here, young man”, she commanded. “Excuse me, ma’am; what stuff?” “The stuff you took”.  “Me, ma’am, not me”.

I headed through the door, and went straight home to get my mother, a tall, black Guyanese women of 230 lbs.  Ma duly arrived and informed the shaking clerk in stentorian tones that her son would never steal, had never stolen, and that she did not even have to ask him whether he stole or not. Then, Ma took me by the hand and we walked out, heads held high and eyes straight. I had been accused but Ma believed in me. That was all that mattered. She never even discussed it after.

Today there is an accuser of the brethren. Once you are on God’s side, you will be accused falsely of things for there is a great and continuous controversy between Christ and Satan, played out daily in our individual lives.  Family and friends may turn against you, even in high places.  I’ve had that happen to me, even as an adult. That’s when you look to Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Even when we fall short in the controversy, God justifies (Romans 8:33).

Sometimes God puts us through a Job experience, even in the best settings of position and fame and professional occupation.   He may bet on you, like he did on Job. You may use a little in the present, to gain more in the end.  Houses and lands may go, as well as family and friends.  Never plan to curse God and die, for He is ready to keep you.  These thoughts keep me in my work and life, and enable me to step out fearlessly and boldly.

When the accuser of the brethren, comes into your face, head straight through the glass doors, fall on your knees and tell PA, and he’ll come right along in the twinkling of an eye, and He will deal with the person at the counter, for God has called us, blessed us, appointed us and strengthened us, for the battle is not ours; it is the Lord’s. Join me with Yolanda Adams today, in “The Battle is Not Yours”. https://youtu.be/lN26jw53c0M