In Greek, devil is διαβολος and means devil, SLANDERER. In Hebrew, Satan means Accuser.
On the other hand, Jesus looked at the woman caught in the act of adultery, looked her square in the face, and said “neither do I accuse you.”
So often, people think of God as the judge who can’t wait to judge us, shame us, and accuse us.
What a lie. The whispers we hear of judgment, of slander against who we are at the innermost, the accusations against us, those are not from God but from the one whose very name bespeaks his character: Satan. Accuser. Diabolos. Slanderer.
Jesus put it like this in John 10.10: the slanderer is a thief who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.
What is the slanderer stealing?
He steals our Truth, that our identity is en Christi. He spreads lies which say we are nothing, worse than nothing – we are unworthy of En Christi.
What is the slanderer killing?
He kills our courage, filling us with lies that we can’t trust our Father to protect, provide, and redeem us. So we live in fear, rather than in the freedom of En Christi.
What is the slanderer destroying?
He destroys our shalom, sowing doubt about the love the Father has for his children. So we live in anxiety rather than shalom found En Christi.
Your name is En Christi: in Christ. In Christ is found the truth of your identity: one with the Father through the Spirit, empower to do unimaginable things, filled with a love which drives out all fear, and blessed with a peace which surpasses all suffering and circumstances.
Jesus said, “I came that you might have life and have it in the full.”
Claim the life offered: life in the full. Claim your identity.