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Discover the Book - November 17

  • 2012 Nov 17


How to Defeat the Devil Daily

He who sins is of the devil. . . . For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
-1 John 3:8, emphasis added

It has been said that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"; similarly, it could be said that "eternal watchfulness is the price of salvation." Watchfulness should be the constant attitude of the Christian life. It is high time, said Paul, to awake out of sleep (Romans 13:11). He exhorts: Watch, stand fast in your faith, be brave, be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).

Watch out for the prowling lion--Satan: The devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour(1 Peter 5:8). The Christian must constantly be on the watch against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-13). The history of Sardis had its vivid examples of what happens to the garrison whose watch is slack. As Christians, we likewise face continual attack by the powers that seek to seduce us from our loyalty to Christ. Often these attacks are subtle; therefore, we must be ever on guard. God expects us to resist or fight Satan. We are never to turn our backs on our battles; there is no defensive gear in the armor of God to cover our backsides. Face the devil; resist him using the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, the armor, and prepared feet (Ephesians 6:14-18).

Watch out for your "last day." No man knows the day and the hour when eternity will invade time for him. "The last day is a secret," says Augustine, "that every day may be watched." A man should live every day as if it were his last.

Respond to the tireless eyes of Jesus. Never forget that even as we must watch for Jesus Christ, so Jesus Christ is watching us! "I have not found your works perfect," said the risen Christ, "in the sight of my God" (Revelation 3:2). Christ is looking for something from us. We so often regard Him as the One to whom we look for things: His strength, His help, His support, His comfort. But we must never forget that He is looking for our love, our loyalty, and our service.

The things a man must do lie in his hand. This old saying is true: "Fate is what we must do; destiny is what we are meant to do." The Christian does not believe in an inescapable fate, but he does believe in a destiny that he can accept or refuse.

Jesus Christ is looking for something from each of us, and there is something He wants done by each of us. Is there an area in your life that the Lord wants you to surrender? Is He leading you to give something of worth to someone else? Could He be leading you to spend more time with Him in prayer? Pray about the possibilities, and then make yourself readily available to however He leads.

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