Written by Lee Stevenson, I apologize for being such a lousy editor.
To fully grasp things we need to understand there is a difference between a test and being tried or accused. God test us. Before he test us he prepares us by giving us the knowledge and resources we need to pass that test. Satan on the other hand tries us and he will take resources from us even our health to try and get us to fail the trial. We need to prepare things are going to get much worse. We need not be afraid no one is more powerful then God.
Why is Satan called the accuser? The name of the devil is not given in the bible. Satan and devil are terms that describes specific qualities of the angel that chose to rebel against God. Satan means opposes or adversary. Devil means slanderer or false accuser. So you can see Satan’s main qualities are he will oppose those who do not side with him and he will slander and falsely accuse those who side with God.
(1 Peter 5:6-10) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you.
Let’s discuss when Satan is first mentioned as making accusations. God had given Adam and Eve very specific instructions. They had to obey God to continue to receive life and dwell in the garden. The word used for the Garden of Eden could not be accurately translated. The nearest words we have now days to compare to the meaning would be words we use to describe an amusement park. So the garden was fun. Adam and Eve were given a job to make the whole earth like the garden and populate the earth. God never lied to Adam and Eve and only did good towards him so they had no excuses for listening to Satan when he started accusing God. God only had one requirement they do not eat fruit from from the tree of knowledge. By listening to God they would show their loyalty and trust in him. Satan Convinced Adam and Eve God was hiding things from them and convinced them if they rebelled against God they could be like him having knowledge and since God does not die he convinced Adam and Eve they would not die. You still see these lies being relied on now days. People are told they do not die they go someone else when they die and become spirit creatures like God. Man still depends on their own reasoning and thinking instead of following God’s word. Man lacks the foresight, wisdom or power that God has. So even if a person had God intention they could not fix the mess Satan and the two rebels brought about. Man continues to believe these lies.
You might ask why did God not just destroy Adam and Even and create new humans. We have to keep in mind Satan was so deceptive he even got some of the angels to rebel against God. If God had done that then Satan could say see I was right. God had to let the lies be thoroughly proven wrong , in doing so he removed all doubt that Satan had caused. Man has thoroughly proven that Satan lied and Adam and Eve were wrong. Man has tried every form of government and ideas and instead of making the earth into a paradise we have thoroughly destroyed it. We have destroyed it spiritually, morally, physically, chronic illness and death is rampant on the earth, violence and many other things are only getting worse. Even if a human could bring about good changes our power is limited and they would frequently meet opposition and eventually die and the things they had done would be destroyed or forgotten. Add to these facts Satan and the demons which are the angels Satan got to rebel against God will still continue to oppose and accuse God and those who put faith in him until mans rule has come to it’s completion and all lies have been thoroughly proven to be wrong. Man has so thoroughly polluted the earth that many circles of life that keep our food supply going have been broken and many species of plants and creatures on the earth are now extinct and many more are on the verge of extinction. There is no doubt we need Gods guidance, wisdom , authority and power to accomplish the original goal for the earth.
(Genesis 2:15-17) 15 Jehovah God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eʹden to cultivate it and to take care of it. 16 Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.. . .
(Genesis 3:1-5) 3 Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 2 At this the woman said to the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. 3 But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “You certainly will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.”
(Isaiah 14:12, 13) 12 How you have fallen from heaven, O shining one, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the earth, You who vanquished nations! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to the heavens. Above the stars of God I will lift up my throne, And I will sit down on the mountain of meeting, In the remotest parts of the north.
(Ezekiel 28:14-17) 14 I assigned you as the anointed covering cherub. You were on the holy mountain of God, and you walked about among fiery stones. 15 You were faultless in your ways from the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you. 16 Because of your abundant trade, You became filled with violence, and you began to sin. So I will cast you out as profane from the mountain of God and destroy you, O covering cherub, away from the stones of fire. 17 Your heart became haughty because of your beauty. You corrupted your wisdom because of your own glorious splendor. I will throw you down to the earth. I will make you a spectacle before kings.
(Jude 5, 6) . . .. 6 And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day. . .
(2 Peter 2:4) 4 Certainly God did not refrain from punishing the angels who sinned, but threw them into Tarʹta·rus, putting them in chains of dense darkness to be reserved for judgment. . .
(Genesis 6:4) The Nephʹi·lim were on the earth in those days and afterward. During that time the sons of the true God continued to have relations with the daughters of men, and these bore sons to them. They were the mighty ones of old times, the men of fame.
(Ephesians 6:12) because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.
We were warned in the bible of the signs to watch for when Jesus has sat down on the thrown and has started the work God had given him. We were not told it would get better , but worse because Satan and the demons have been cast out of heaven. They have been cast down to earth and know they do not have much time left. So the accusations and attacks on those who put their faith in God will increase and things on the earth would become much much worse. Most signs have taken place. Jesus defeated Satan by staying loyal and faithful to God even in when facing death. In doing so he shattered all the lies Satan built the foundation of his rebellion on. Since Satan’s lies have been proven to be false he knows his days are short and wants to take as many humans into the fire of destruction with him as he can.
(Revelation 12:7-9) 7 And war broke out in heaven: Miʹcha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
(Genesis 3:15) 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”
(Revelation 21:5-8) 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Alʹpha and the O·meʹga, the beginning and the end. To anyone thirsting I will give from the spring of the water of life free. 7 Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and the sexually immoral and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This means the second death. . .
(Revelation 2:9-11) . . .. 10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. Look! The Devil will keep on throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’
Things are winding down Satan’s attacks are already relentless. As we endure trials , we are to give each other an ear to listen to. Not to complain but to talk and counsel each other. Do not make the mistake Job’s friends did by falsely accusing him when Satan was attacking him but be a true friend.
If you have a friend like that realize their value because when you are talking about the things that trouble you those who are not true friends will avoid talking to you. They think and say things like you are bringing me down or stealing my joy. If they are true friends they would not avoid you in times of need but they would give you an ear. If you have a friend like that see their value and hold on tight to them.
Most of all very few will find friends like that so God is always listening we have to continue to talk to him. If you are a true friend keep in mind when we are enduring trials or tribulation people sometimes say or do some irrational things or may behave in a way not normal for them. They may become confused. This is were patients and love comes in. It lets them know there is someone they can trust and that they are not alone. If we abandon them when they need us most then we are no different then the accuser because we are telling them they are only worth having as a friend when things are going well for them. We should be happy to be there for them and to strengthen and encourage them when they are being tried by the world or by Satan. When someone is being tried we need to choose our words wisely. We should always make sure our words are giving comfort, encouragement and strength When being accused Satan’s attacks are relentless. This is a time when we need a friend who will be there and will listen or we need to be that friend if another is being attacked by Satan or enduring trials or tribulation.
(Psalm 34:15) 15 The eyes of Jehovah are on the righteous, And his ears listen to their cry for help.
(Proverbs 17:17) 17 A true friend shows love at all times And is a brother who is born for times of distress. . .
(Proverbs 18:24) 24 There are companions ready to crush one another, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
(Proverbs 20:6) 6 Many men proclaim their loyal love, But who can find a faithful man?
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) 9 Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their hard work. 10 For if one of them falls, the other can help his partner up. But what will happen to the one who falls with no one to help him up? 11 Moreover, if two lie down together, they will stay warm, but how can just one keep warm? 12 And someone may overpower one alone, but two together can take a stand against him. And a threefold cord cannot quickly be torn apart.
Now lets cover some ways Satan accuses man and how severely he attacks man to try and destroy their faith and trust in God. We have the example of Job. Satan claimed Job only obeyed God because God blessed him and protected him. Satan was so relentless in his attacks that while one messenger was still speaking when delivering the bad news another would enter with bad news. Job didn’t even have time to recover and even think on the first bad news he had received. As you study the bible you will notice this is a common tactic of Satan he will try and overwhelm his victims.
As you can see Satan will accuse us of only loving God because he protects or blesses us. Satan claims if things are not going well we will not obey God, will not have faith in him and that we would reject him. Satan even turns family and friends against someone when he is trying them. Knowing what to expect and knowing the source of these things will helps us to better understand what is happening and why to help us keep a clearer mind and also keep us from falsely accusing or making assumptions when someone is enduring trials or tribulation.
We have been warned in Revelations when Satan and the demons have been cast down they would accuse the loyal and faithful ones day and night. As we learned from Job’s example he will take many things from those who are loyal and obedient to God. He took Job’s belongings, he took Job’s health, and for some he will even take their freedom. The whole time Job never accused God of bad things or of evil. He knew God was a God of love and even mentioned this when he expressed if he died God would be yearning to resurrect him from the grave. Job remained faithful and loyal to God even though he thought he may be facing death and even desired it because he knew it would be rest from his suffering.
(Job 1:8-22) 8 And Jehovah said to Satan: “Have you taken note of my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth. He is an upright man of integrity, fearing God and shunning what is bad.” 9 At that Satan answered Jehovah: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? 10 Have you not put up a protective hedge around him and his house and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has spread out in the land. 11 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your very face.” 12 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Look! Everything that he has is in your hand. Only do not lay your hand on the man himself!” So Satan went out from the presence of Jehovah. 13 Now on the day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said: “The cattle were plowing and the donkeys were grazing beside them 15 when the Sa·beʹans attacked and took them, and they killed the servants with the sword. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another one came and said: “Fire from God fell from the heavens and blazed among the sheep and the servants and consumed them! I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was still speaking, another one came and said: “The Chal·deʹans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them, and they killed the servants with the sword. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was still speaking, yet another one came and said: “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house. 19 Suddenly a great wind came from the wilderness, and it struck the four corners of the house, so that it fell on the young people and they were killed. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.” 20 At that Job got up and ripped apart his garment and cut the hair off his head; then he fell to the ground and bowed down 21 and said: “Naked I came out of my mother’s womb, And naked I will return. Jehovah has given, and Jehovah has taken away. Let the name of Jehovah continue to be praised.” 22 In all of this, Job did not sin or accuse God of doing anything wrong.
(Revelation 12:10-12) 10 I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! 11 And they conquered him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their witnessing, and they did not love their souls even in the face of death. 12 On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time. . .
(Job 14:14, 15) 14 If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service Until my relief comes. 15 You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands.
A tactic Satan uses is he will isolate people by turning all those around them against them. Jobs family and friends would no longer have anything to do with him and they even became his enemies. We were warned in the last days this would occur so we must prepare to support each other when possible. When Jobs friends started accusing him he did not attack them. He ask them why they accused him and reminded them they should be offering words that would strengthen and bring relief.
Job said some things he should not have said out of lack of knowledge. God corrected him. God also corrected his friends because of their behavior but also knew it was out of lack of knowledge. When God disciplined Job and his friends he required Job to forgive and even pray for his friends. Because Job proved his love, loyalty and trust for God , God blessed Job and he lived a happy and satisfying life. We should not judge others if they do not respond to us in a why God would desire. They may not have the knowledge they need and may be still growing spiritually. When we are going through trials and tribulation we need to set the example and in doing so our strength, wisdom acquired through Gods word and our endurance can help to guide others and build their faith.
(Job 19:14-19) 14 My close companions are gone, And those whom I knew well have forgotten me. 15 Guests in my house and my slave girls consider me a stranger; I am a foreigner in their eyes. 16 I call for my servant, but he does not respond; With my mouth I beg him for compassion. 17 My very breath has become loathsome to my wife, And I am a stench to my own brothers. 18 Even young children despise me; When I rise up, they begin jeering at me. 19 All my close friends detest me, And those whom I loved have turned against me.
(Job 15:34-16:5) 34 For the assembly of godless ones is sterile, And fire will consume the tents of bribery. 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to what is wicked, And their womb produces deceit.” 16 Job said in reply: 2 “I have heard many things like these before. All of you are troublesome comforters! 3 Is there an end to empty words? What provokes you to answer this way? 4 I could also speak as you do. If you were in my place, I could make persuasive speeches against you And shake my head at you. 5 Instead, though, I would strengthen you with the words of my mouth, And the consolation of my lips would bring relief.
(Job 42:5-8) 5 My ears have heard about you, But now I do see you with my eyes. 6 That is why I take back what I said, And I repent in dust and ashes.” 7 After Jehovah had spoken these words to Job, Jehovah said to Elʹi·phaz the Teʹman·ite: “My anger burns against you and your two companions, for you have not spoken the truth about me as my servant Job has. 8 Now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job, and offer up a burnt sacrifice for yourselves. And my servant Job will pray for you. I will surely accept his request not to deal with you according to your foolishness, for you have not spoken the truth about me as my servant Job has.”
Job 42:12-17 12 So Jehovah blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the beginning, and Job came to have 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 pairs of cattle, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He also came to have seven more sons and three more daughters. 14 He named the first daughter Je·miʹmah, the second Ke·ziʹah, and the third Kerʹen-hapʹpuch. 15 No women in all the land were as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers.
16 After this Job lived for 140 years, and he saw his children and his grandchildren—four generations. 17 Finally Job died, after a long and satisfying life.
We are in the last days. This system is rapidly winding down and things are going to get very confusing as they were for Job and may even seem overwhelming.
Anyone can show fruits of the spirit when things are going well but those who truly love God and put there faith in him will be strengthened when they are being tried or persecuted and this is when they shine. Their examples of endurance and strength set examples for others helping teach them to be faithful and trust God. No matter how much we may think we can no longer endure God has many times in the past given his people the strength to endure things way beyond what is normal. Their faith and obedience while going through tribulation set examples of faith for us to follow and learn from.
(Isaiah 40:29) He gives power to the tired one And full might to those lacking strength.
(2 Corinthians 4:7) However, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power beyond what is normal may be God’s and not from us.
(2 Corinthians 12:9, 10) But he said to me: “My undeserved kindness is sufficient for you, for my power is being made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly, then, I will boast about my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ may remain over me like a tent. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in times of need, in persecutions and difficulties, for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful.
We know we are in the last days so very soon Satan and his people will hold nothing back. We will experience what many others in times past experienced, only this time it will occur on a world wide scale. Put on the armor of God so we do not lose our boldness to speak. We may lead others to God. We know since the end of this system is near Satan will falsely accuse us, he may throw our former past mistakes in our faces, he may take all we have material wise, he will turn many against us and we may be alone. We are never truly alone we have Jehovah God and his only begotten Son Jesus. Jesus is a king and is now setting on the throne and he will redeem those who remain loyal and faithful. We need to put on the complete suit of armor from God. This means we need to take in and apply bible truths in our lives, do our beast to remain blameless which works as a protection, we should always be prepared to share bible truths and give hope in the future promises that the heavenly kingdom will fulfill. If we have faith it will protect us. We will not fear or get angered, discouraged or stumble even if we may be facing death. We can be certain even death can not separate us from the love of God and the love of Jesus.
The bible has warned us if we follow the path Jesus laid out that we may suffer many of the things he has but the reward is eternal. For those who oppose God they will be destroyed for those who stay loyal and faithful , and prove their love for God they will be given the gift of eternal life.
(Ephesians 6:10-20) 10 Finally, go on acquiring power in the Lord and in the mightiness of his strength. 11 Put on the complete suit of armor from God so that you may be able to stand firm against the crafty acts of the Devil; 12 because we have a struggle, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places. 13 For this reason take up the complete suit of armor from God, so that you may be able to resist in the wicked day and, after you have accomplished everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm, therefore, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having your feet shod in readiness to declare the good news of peace. 16 Besides all of this, take up the large shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the wicked one’s burning arrows. 17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word, 18 while with every form of prayer and supplication you carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit. And to that end stay awake, constantly making supplication in behalf of all the holy ones. 19 Pray also for me, that the words may be given to me when I open my mouth, so that I may be able to speak boldly in making known the sacred secret of the good news, 20 for which I am acting as an ambassador in chains, and that I may speak about it with boldness, as I ought to speak.
(1 Peter 3:13-18) 13 Indeed, who will harm you if you become zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are happy. However, do not fear what they fear, nor be disturbed. 15 But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect. 16 Maintain a good conscience, so that in whatever way you are spoken against, those who speak against you may be put to shame because of your good conduct as followers of Christ. 17 For it is better to suffer because you are doing good, if it is God’s will to allow it, than because you are doing evil. 18 For Christ died once for all time for sins, a righteous person for unrighteous ones, in order to lead you to God. . .
(1 Peter 2:21-25) 21 In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely. 22 He committed no sin, nor was deception found in his mouth. 23 When he was being insulted, he did not insult in return. When he was suffering, he did not threaten, but he entrusted himself to the One who judges righteously. 24 He himself bore our sins in his own body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live to righteousness. And “by his wounds you were healed.” 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls.
(1 Corinthians 4:9-13) 9 For it seems to me that God has put us the apostles last on exhibition as men condemned to death, because we have become a theatrical spectacle to the world, and to angels and to men. 10 We are fools because of Christ, but you are discreet in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in dishonor. 11 Down to this very hour we continue to hunger and thirst and to be poorly clothed and to be beaten and to be homeless 12 and to toil, working with our own hands. When insulted, we bless; when persecuted, we patiently endure; 13 when slandered, we answer mildly; we have become as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things, until now.
(Hebrews 11:36-40) 36 Yes, others received their trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by chains and prisons. 37 They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn in two, they were slaughtered by the sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, while they were in need, in tribulation, mistreated; 38 and the world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth. 39 And yet all of these, although they received a favorable witness because of their faith, did not obtain the fulfillment of the promise, 40 because God had foreseen something better for us, so that they might not be made perfect apart from us.
(Romans 8:35-39) 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 Just as it is written: “For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering.” 37 On the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through the one who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What if someone was suffering and we said hurtful things to them? When someone is going through trials or tribulations do we make assumptions and accuse them of bringing it on themselves or assume they deserve it? If we do then we would be judging them. We are not to judge anyone, if we judge others we put ourselves under judgment and will be judged likewise. If we are wronged and we forgive we will be forgiven also. Our actions and our words should be encouraging and up-building to those who are going through hard times. We should let love guide all we do. We should not hate our enemies but pray for them and do not hold grudges against them. Anger and hatred we need to let go because those can effect the ones we love or are close to. We should be ready to give our lives for our friends just as Jesus gave his life for us.
(Ephesians 4:31-5:2) 31 Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32 But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you. 5 Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and go on walking in love, just as the Christ also loved us and gave himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice, a sweet fragrance to God.
(Luke 6:32-37) 32 “If you love those loving you, of what credit is it to you? For even the sinners love those loving them. 33 And if you do good to those doing good to you, of what credit is it to you? Even the sinners do the same. 34 Also, if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, of what credit is it to you? Even sinners lend to sinners so that they may get back as much. 35 On the contrary, continue to love your enemies and to do good and to lend without hoping for anything back; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind toward the unthankful and wicked. 36 Continue being merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Moreover, stop judging, and you will by no means be judged; and stop condemning, and you will by no means be condemned. Keep on forgiving, and you will be forgiven.
When being accused, especially when it is from things you have repented from keep in mind when we truly repent God forgives completely and does not hold our past sins against us. If it is an outright blatant lie or exaggeration keep in mind the source of lies. The bible tells us Satan is the father of the lie. God knows the truth so we need not get upset, they lied about Jesus and the apostles frequently. They did not let this slow them down or deter them. Some of the apostles were hungry, thirsty, barely able to keep clothes on their backs, had health problems and didn’t have any place to live but they still left their light shine and shared bible truths with many and did not leave all they endured slow them down. Most of all do not gossip or grumble against our spiritual relatives. We all are imperfect and they have to deal with our imperfections as much as we do theirs. Now more then ever we need to stick to our spiritual relatives. We need to continue in prayer and have faith more now then ever. To protect our hearts we need to let love guide us it will protect us. So we should not be overly proud of things, we should not get jealous easily except when it comes to Godly things, we should do our best to remain blameless, we do not hold what others did against them by holding grudges, we should be patient and endure hard times or persecutions. In doing so we will be letting love guide all we do and set and example for others and possibly help draw them to God.
(John 8:43, 44) . . .. 44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie.
(James 5:9-11) 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you do not get judged. Look! The Judge is standing before the doors. 10 Brothers, take as a pattern of the suffering of evil and the exercising of patience the prophets who spoke in the name of Jehovah. 11 Look! We consider happy those who have endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome Jehovah gave, that Jehovah is very tender in affection and merciful.
(Proverbs 18:24) There are companions ready to crush one another, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
(John 15:13) No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his life in behalf of his friends.
(1 Corinthians 16:13, 14) 13 Stay awake, stand firm in the faith, carry on in a manly way, grow mighty. 14 Let everything you do be done with love.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5 does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. 6 It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
We need to keep our eye on the prize. In doing so it will help us to remain joyful and strengthen our faith. By staying focused and continuing to love God with our whole soul we will be accepted into the heavenly kingdom and reap the rewards that come from that. If we die before the new system is here we God will not forget what we have done and will resurrect his loyal ones. Jesus endured hostile speech but he did not become ashamed or let it deter him from the work God had given him to do. We need to continue sharing God’s word and giving hope to others in the future promises. In the new system bad memories will be replaced by the new good memories. We will not even call the bad memories up in our minds. In the new system before someone finishes praying God will answer their prayers. Death and sadness will be no more. Since we are so close to this new system now more then ever we need to prepare. We may make it and get to see loved ones we have lost when they are resurrected.
(Matthew 5:10) “Happy are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.
(Hebrews 12:1-3) 12 So, then, because we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also throw off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 as we look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. For the joy that was set before him he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Indeed, consider closely the one who has endured such hostile speech from sinners against their own interests, so that you may not get tired and give up.
(2 Corinthians 4:1-6) 4 Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy that was shown us, we do not give up. 2 But we have renounced the shameful, underhanded things, not walking with cunning or adulterating the word of God; but by making the truth manifest, we recommend ourselves to every human conscience in the sight of God. 3 If, in fact, the good news we declare is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing, 4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through. 5 For we are preaching, not about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God is the one who said: “Let the light shine out of darkness,” and he has shone on our hearts to illuminate them with the glorious knowledge of God by the face of Christ.
(Isaiah 65:17-19) 17 For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be called to mind, Nor will they come up into the heart. 18 So exult and be joyful forever in what I am creating. For look! I am creating Jerusalem a cause for joy And her people a cause for exultation. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people; No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.”
(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
(Isaiah 65:23-25) 23 They will not toil for nothing, Nor will they bear children for distress, Because they are the offspring made up of those blessed by Jehovah, And their descendants with them. 24 Even before they call out, I will answer; While they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, The lion will eat straw just like the bull, And the serpent’s food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah.
(John 5:27-30) . . .. 28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.