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ENMITY BETWEEN MAN AND SATAN (THE FINAL EPIDODE)

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Post by sol_drethedon on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:11 pm

ENMITY BETWEEN MAN AND SATAN( THE FINAL EPISODE)

The tempter often works most successfully through those who are least suspected of being under his control. The possessors of talent and education are honored, as if these qualities could atone for the absence of the fear of God or entitle men to his favor. Talent and culture, considered in themselves are gifts of God; but when these are made to supply the place of piety, when, instead of bringing the soul near to God they lead away from Him, then they become a curse and a snare. The opinion prevails with many that all which appears like courtesy or refinement must, in some sense, pertain to Christ. Never was there a greater mistake. These qualities should grace the character of every Christian, for they would exert a powerful influence in favor of true religion; but they must be consecrated to God, or they also are a power of evil. Many a man of cultured intellect and pleasant manners , who would not stoop to what is commonly regarded as an immoral act, is but a polished instrument in the hands of Satan. The insidious, deceptive character of his influence and example renders him a more dangerous enemy to the cause of Christ than are those who are ignorant and uncultured

By earnest desire and dependence upon God, Solomon obtained the wisdom which excited the wonder and admiration of the world. But when he turned from the Source of his strength, and went forward relying upon himself, he fell a prey to temptation. The the marvelous powers bestowed upon this wisest of kings only rendered him a more effective agent of the adversary of souls.

While Satan is constantly looking to blind their minds to the fact, let Christians never forget that they "wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in high places." Ephesians 6:12, margin. The inspired warning is sounding down the centuries to our time. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8 Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:11

From the days of Adam to our time, our great enemy has been exercising his power to oppress and destroy. He is now preparing for his last campaign against the church. All who seek to follow Jesus will be brought into conflict with the relentless foe. The more nearly a Christian imitates the divine pattern the more surely will he make himself a mark for the attacks of Satan. All who are actively engaged in the cause of God, seeking to unveil the deceptions of the evil one and to present Christ before the people, will be able to join in the testimony of Paul, in which he speaks of serving the Lord with all humility of mind, with many tears and temptations.

Satan assailed Christ with his fiercest and most subtle temptations, but he was repulsed in every conflict. Those battles were fought on our behalf; those victories make it possible for us to conquer. Christ will give strength to all who seek it. No man without his own consent can be overcome by Satan. The tempter has no power to control the will or to force the soul to sin. He may distress but he cannot contaminate. He can cause agony but not defilement. The fact that Christ has conquered should inspire His followers with courage to fight manfully the battle against sin and Satan.


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