‘The enemy’ (Luke 10:18)
The Christian has many foes, but there is one who is emphatically called, “THE ENEMY”. He is the god of this world; all worship him, except those whom Jesus has delivered from him. He is the prince of the power of the air, he rules over and works in all unbelievers.
He is a subtle serpent, striving to deceive; a roaring lion, seeking to devour. He has the power of death. He gains access to our hearts, and is always attempting to lead us astray. He is well versed in Scripture, and will often quote it, in order to misapply it; he will use one part to fill us with terror, another to lead us to make light of sin. He is always planning how he shall injure us, and is incessantly trying to draw us from God.
Dear friends, there is no safety for us except at the feet of Jesus; it is only as we abide in Him, and walk with Him, that we can overcome Satan. Our weapons are the blood of the Lamb, and the word of the divine testimony; faith seizes the perfect work of Christ as its shield, and the word of God as its sword, and then overcomes the infernal foe. Let us put on the WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.
Jesus hath died for you;
What can His love withstand?
Believe, hold fast your shield, and who
Shall pluck you from His hand?
You shall o’ercome through Jesus’ blood,
And stand complete before your God.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘No one can have greater reason to believe than I have. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad. Goodness and mercy have followed me all my days, and the mercy of my God is to everlasting, as well as from everlasting, He will never fail me nor forsake me. I believe His word, only I want to feel more the realizing power of faith.’