Revelation 12:10: Critic.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

‘Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down. NIV


No-one likes a critic. Not really. That person who is always fault-finding – you don’t find them easy company, do you?. You sense they have one finger permanently pointed at you, stuck in your face (and, in fact, at most people other than themselves). Whatever you do for them, you know you will never measure up. There will always be grounds for criticism.

Well, the devil is the arch-critic. He’s always on your case: accusing you to God; accusing you to yourself, and accusing you to others. He’s not nice at all. The fact then that Someone greater has grabbed him and hurled him down is cause for ‘’loud’’ rejoicing.

Of course, he may well have a point in much that he says, but because you are trusting in ‘’the blood of the Lamb’’ (11), you overcome him. The record of your sins has been done away with. You are clean in the sight of Heaven.