Was that the Holy Spirit or Satan I heard?

By Adrian Rogers

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. Revelation 12:10

You will be a miserable Christian if you don’t learn the difference between Holy Spirit conviction and satanic accusation. The devil is the accuser of the brethren. He’s always pointing his finger at us before God. Not only that, he will accuse you at the judgment bar of your own conscience.

Have you ever felt kind of guilty overall, but didn’t know why? You just felt like you needed to come to God and confess something, but you weren’t sure what. The devil may accuse you of a specific sin you’ve already been forgiven for! But he’s fighting a losing battle. If you put your sin under the blood of Jesus Christ and it comes up again, it’s not God bringing it up.

When the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, He won’t make you sort of “feel bad all over.” He’ll put His finger right on the sore spot and push, saying, “You told a lie,” or “You exaggerated the truth,” or “You were selfish,” “You were filled with pride,” “You disobeyed Me,” or “You’ve been missing your quiet time.”

He will convict you specifically and legitimately.

Are you under conviction or accusation today about an unconfessed sin? Read Revelation 12:9-11. Claim the powerful blood of Jesus to cover your sin. Repent and believe!


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  1. I think this is why it’s so popular to think we have to forgive ourselves. God never tells us to forgive ourselves. We must receive His forgiveness. If something is left unfinished, it’s likely, as you say, Satan taunting us. God is always the answer – never ourselves.

    • I agree mostly I guess, but yet one does need to “forgive oneself.” If we cannot move beyond our own mistakes and sins, it will seriously cripple us. Read this: https://www.gotquestions.org/forgiving-yourself.html

      • I still disagree, but maybe it’s a question of linguistics. As said, God never tells us to forgive ourselves. I think there’s a reason. The phrase, I think, never popped up until recently, and I think that’s tied to the modern “me first” acceptance (although, of course, pride has always been around).

        • God does not tell us to forgive ourselves, that is true. Yet: if we do not do so, where does that leave us? If we cannot forgive ourselves (living in the past), then we cannot accept the forgiveness of God for our sins right? Is that not a sin in and of itself? Forgiving oneself (or not) has been around longer than any of us has, it is a timeless classic problem. Whether or not God said to forgive ourselves is irrelevant sorry to say. That is nothing against God, but us as individuals. If one therefore cannot forgive oneself for past mistakes, one tends to hate oneself. Further, then one is disobeying God as one is not trusting in God – as well, one is not accepting His forgiveness which is most important. No matter how you slice it – it is VERY important to be able to forgive yourself. Can you imagine if the Apostle Paul or the Apostle Peter were not able to move past their own serious sins? You see, whether or not God addressed this – it is a serious problem. Also – and I want to make this very clear, it’s my opinion – since we WERE told to forgive others so we may be forgiven, then by extension we need to assume that we are to forgive ourselves. To say other wise is in my opinion to say that God did not see this coming, and that of course is NOT true. As for pride, well that may have a little to do with it, but not much. If one is truly haunted by what they have done, and therefore cannot forgive themselves for it – pride has no place here. It CAN be very difficult to forgive yourself for your own sins even if you believe the Lord has done so.

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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