As I’ve been reading Scripture for decades now, I’m convinced that not everything a demon says is a lie. Sure, we’ve all been taught that Satan is a liar and the father of lies. However, there are times that what the demons in our lives accuse us of is absolutely true, and we need to get used to it. In fact, I think we should learn not only to embrace their accusations, but to rejoice in them as well. Can you imagine living your life in such a manner that when the devil talks about you he tells the truth and glorifies God? I can.
In Acts 16, Paul is staying in the home of Lydia. One day as they head to the place of prayer, they are confronted by a demon-possessed slave girl who told fortunes and made money for her masters. For some reason, this girl went from making money for her masters to following Paul and his companions around and shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved” (vs.17). It reminds me of the demons who shouted at Jesus in the Gospels, calling Him the “Son of God” (Luke 4:41), “the Holy One sent from God” (Mark 1:25), and “Jesus, Son of the Most High God” (Mark 5:7).
Finally, Paul gets tired of this true but annoying publicity and casts the demon out of her. Like I said in the beginning, sometimes what the demons in our lives accuse us of is absolutely true. Knowing this has me asking a rather bothersome question: If a person with a demon were to follow me around, what would they accuse me of? Just to be fair, what would they accuse you of?
I’m not talking about your sins. We can all be truthfully accused of greed, lust, hatred, gossip, jealousy, etc. I’m talking about something different. What would the demons who’ve watched you live have to say about your character and the mission of your life? Would they accuse you of being a servant of the Most High God? Would they say your mission is to share the Gospel and tell people how do be saved? What would the demons accuse you of regarding the Kingdom of Heaven?
I want to live so if God ever points to me and says to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Jim? He fears God and shuns evil” (see Job 1:8), all Satan can do is deflect the question because he can’t deny it. Maybe I’m naïve, but I want to live my life so that when I head to a prayer meeting the demons say, “Uh-oh, here comes that servant of the Most High on His way to tell others of the greatness of God.” If I can live my life in such a way as to make that accusation of the devil come true, then I will not have lived in vain.