Sunday, February 19, 2012


“Paul called his thorn in the flesh "the messenger of Satan" 2 Corinthians 12:7. The devil may not tempt anyone unless God allows it. When Christ went into the wilderness, He was led, not by an evil spirit, but by the Holy Spirit, Matthew 4:1. All that transpired was by God's permission. And the same Holy Spirit that led Christ into the field brought Him off with victory. As soon as He had repulsed Satan, we see Him marching into Galilee in the power of the Holy Ghost Luke 4:14.
Let Lucifer choose his way; God is a match for him at every weapon. If he assaults the saint by persecution, God will oppose him. If he works by a subtlety, God is ready there also. The devil and his whole council are mere fools to God. The more wit and craft in sin, the worse, because it is employed against an all-wise God who cannot be outwitted. In Paul's words, "The foolishness of God is wiser than men" I Corinthians 1:25. God is wiser in His creatures' weak sermons than Satan is in his deep plots; wiser in His ignorant children than Satan in his Ahithophels and Sanballats. "[God] disappoints the devices of the crafty" Job 5:12. By displaying His wisdom in pursuing the saints' enemies, God adds a sweet relish to their ultimate deliverance.”

Although we know that God does not tempt anyone He is aware of all that we endure and is ready at all times to assist us in the battle. 
We must remember that this life is not the totality of our existence but merely the beginning.
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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