Tag: Satan

A Mighty Remnant

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

There is wonderful news for every Christian who is discouraged by the apathy and godlessness in this nation. Regardless of how wicked and corrupt this society becomes and how many Christians compromise and fall into sin, God still has a mighty remnant of holy, separated followers.

Christians may be deceived into thinking that Satan is winning the battle for the saints, and that the predicted “falling away” has touched all of God’s people. The Bible does predict that in the last days many will be turned aside; men will love pleasure more than God; the love of many shall grow cold; evil men and seducers will grow worse and worse; and Satan will declare war on the saints of the Most High.

It is also true that Satan is now going about as a roaring lion, with great wrath, seeking victims to devour. The enemies of God are going all-out in an attempt to deceive and seduce every true follower of Christ. But the truth is that not all of God’s people are falling away! Not at all — and the Holy Spirit has a glorious and encouraging word for his Church. God is right now raising up a multitude of sanctified saints who are standing against the idolatry of this age. They are so filled with love for Christ that they are ready and willing to be persecuted for their faith and devotion.

The call of Jesus is to be thoughtful and clear-headed. Paul told Titus, “Exhort the young men to be sober-minded” (Titus 2:6). And Peter admonished the Christians, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit” (1 Peter 1:13, NASB). As materialism eats away at our spiritual life and compromise erodes our standards, Christians are called to get deadly serious about the things of Jesus. Peter further said, “Be serious and watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7).

Jesus does not want you to go around with a long face or a lack of humor. But he wants you to live like people who are soon to leave this earth — to be with him!

by David Wilkerson

The Roaring Lion’s Folly

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. First Peter 5:8–9

For the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ the Apostle John was exiled to the lonely isle that is called Patmos and, if tradition may be believed, was sent to work in the mines. But from his mine John saw farther than any king ever saw from his throne; he saw more from his mine than any astronaut ever saw from his orbit, for the scroll of unborn history was spread out before him and he was permitted to see the unfolding of the purposes of God onward to the time when the New Jerusalem will descend out of heaven from God.

John would have been less trouble to the devil back in Ephesus. Had he been permitted to go quietly about his church duties he might have gotten comfortably old without giving the world a preview of the downfall of Satan’s empire and his incarceration in the lake of fire. We can only conclude that Satan did not know how things would develop when he attacked John, and that he is therefore not as shrewd as he is supposed to be.

From Satan’s standpoint the slaying of the Man Christ Jesus was another huge blunder. In his hatred he carried his persecution to the point where Jew and Gentile united to destroy this Man whose very presence was a rebuke and a judgment to them and to him. But God turned the cross into an altar, and while wicked men watched Jesus die in the belief that they were getting rid of Him for good, He through the Eternal Spirit was offering Himself without spot to God as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world. Surely this was never in the mind of Satan when he set out to kill the Man whom he instinctively knew was his great enemy. The resurrection of Christ was his most stunning defeat.

One thing we must never forget: Satan is too shrewd for any of us, and to trust to our wisdom is to take the sure way toward defeat. God has turned Satan’s original wisdom into a built-in folly that makes it impossible for him to achieve his wicked ends. He has made evil his good, and in a moral world presided over by a just God, evil cannot win.

by A.W. Tozer