Updated: Dec 15, 2022
1. Satan the Accuser sometimes cause the offended to believe that what happened to them is their fault.
2. Constant mental rehearsal of what happened will progress to words, and from words to actions.
3. Constant mental rehearsal of what happened will cause self-blame.
4. Self-blame often gives way to guilt and shame; both are psychologically damaging.
5. The more you rehearse the painful incident, the worse you’ll feel, the more remorse you’ll feel, and the more guilt you’ll be buried under.
6. Shame lowers one’s self-esteem, causing feelings of unworthiness and behaviors that reinforce a negative self-image.
7. The corrective response to the lies of the Accuser is to believe what your loving Father says about you.
When he tells you that you’re a worthless person and tries to remind you of the shameful things you used to do, tell him you’re a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
When he tells you that you’re a failure, tell him you already have the victory through Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:57. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
When he tells you that you’re weak, tell him the God who lives in you is your strength.
Psalm 18:32. God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect”.
Satan the Accuser
► Accuser: A person who claims that someone has committed an offense or done something wrong.
► Revelation 12:10: Satan is known as "the accuser of the brethren"
The “accuser of the brethren”
► does not want us to have a relationship with God.
Wants to interrupt our relationship with God.
► Does not want us to receive God's grace.
John 8:44. Jesus says of Satan (“the accuser of the brethren”), "He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies"
It is human nature to silently re-live events, to think about them repeatedly, especially when situations are unresolved.
From mental rehearsal, to words, to actions
►What we think about is what we become.
► Control your mind, and you’ll control your life.
Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Proverbs 4:23. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 17:22. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Constant mental rehearsal of what happened will cause self-blame
Self-blame: A cognitive process in which an individual attributes the occurrence of a stressful event to oneself.
Self-blame comes with emotional weights such as guilt and regret.
Self-blame leads to guilt and shame.
► Guilt: Assuming responsibility for an offense or wrong deed.
► Shame: a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by assuming responsibility for wrongdoing of the awareness of wrongdoing
► Guilt, shame, and self-blame are psychologically damaging.
Shame is responsible for many problems, i.e.
► Self-destructive behaviors
► Self-sabotaging behavior
Shame is often responsible for a continuous cycle of abuse through either victim behaviors or abusive behaviors.
► The more you rehearse the painful incident, the worse you’ll feel.
► The more remorse you feel, the more guilt you’ll be buried under.
Shame lowers one’s self-esteem
► Self-esteem: confidence in one's own worth or abilities; self-respect.
► Shame causes one to devalue him/herself (worthlessness).
► A negative self-image, low self-esteem, will lead to behaviors that reinforce a negative self-image.
Negative effects of Shame
► Prone to suppressing emotions
► A difficult emotional and mental battle every day.
Corrective response to the lies of the Accuser
► Believe what your loving Father says about you.
► Act on the Word of your loving Father.
► Reverse the lies and free yourself.
Silencing the lies of the Accuser is a particularly important step to inner healing.