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Stand firm, sisters. Here’s how

By Elizabeth Prata

Satan is relentless. We see him pursue the Jews in Revelation. He is prophesied to have had most of them killed in the world’s worst holocaust, (Revelation 12) satan then went “to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17). Those will be the Christians. Satan wants to steal, kill, and destroy, that’s it. There isn’t an ounce of compassion, love, kindness, or anything in satan. He is all dark, all sin.

We see his activity not only in Revelation of course, but also at the beginning, in chapter 3 of the Bible. The Bible is clear about who satan is and what he is about. His activity on earth has been relentless, it was even relentless in heaven before the world was made, where he caused a war and sin entered God’s abode. It was because there was found pride in satan’s heart, and he converted a third of the angels away from God’s holiness. They became the demons, or unholy angels. Ever since war in heaven, and then corruption on earth via Adam and Eve, satan has been about his work of stealing, lying, and destroying.

(He is on a leash and only does what God allows. But it is enough. More than enough against us puny humans).

Don’t take satan lightly. He is a relentless enemy. He came against the woman Eve and Adam. He came against Job.

Thus by three rapidly successive strokes, each more unusual and startling than the last, was Job deprived of all his wealth. Not yet, however, was the evil purpose of Satan exhausted. Even as the three messengers unfolded their awful tales in Job’s presence, there came a fourth messenger with yet more heart-rending news. ‎Job had ten children, seven sons and three daughters, the mystical, perfect number supposed to symbolize strength and happiness. These were all gathered joyously at a feast in the eldest brother’s house. They were “eating and drinking wine.” Suddenly there came “a great wind from the wilderness,” the dread whirlwind, the typhoon. It swept upon all four sides of the house at once, so that the structure collapsed like a house of cards, and fell upon the merrymakers. All of them were slain.‎

The Bible and its Story, Vol 6: Poetry-Prophets, Psalms to Isaiah, Bewer & Horne

Remember, he came against God in heaven!

Notice that the verse says the wind came against all four corners of the house at once. This means that the wind came from the North, South, East, and West at the same time. Only a tornado or whirlwind does that. If you read the passage where the devil comes against Job, we see his relentlessness and myriad ways he devised to try and do the man in. The devil has schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). A lot of schemes.

Jesus warned the church at Smyrna that “the devil is about to throw some of you in prison, that you may be tested…” (Revelation 2:10a).

The devil came against Judas, Jesus’ friend and one of the close associates of 12. That is pretty daring of satan.

What else was brazen was satan’s coming against Jesus! In the desert wilderness, Jesus was fasting for 40 days. The devil came against Jesus three times that we know of, and as he went away for the final time he reserved for himself future times to come against Jesus again. (Luke 4:13). The verse says ‘until a more opportune time.’

And here is the point. Well, two points. First, the devil is always looking for an opportune time to try and harass, defeat, or destroy God’s people. Every moment, this unholy devil is seeking a crack, a chink in our armor, to wedge himself in and widen it. That is why we take EVERY thought captive. It’s why we remain vigilant, because satan always roams about seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8).

Secondly, satan came against Jesus, whom he and his cohorts know is the Son of the Most High God. (Luke 8:28). He really thinks he can defeat Jesus. (Isaiah 14:14). Compared to Jesus, we are the easiest targets in any war that there ever was. Satan can and does harass us like we’re babies, because we are.

The cross of Christ defeated satan once for all. (Colossians 2:15). The Word of God continues the defeat satan in our lives. It is how Jesus defended Himself against satan in the wilderness, three times. (Luke 4:1-15). And probably, every time.

Jesus is our model in Christian life. We are small against the mighty foes of sin, the devil, and our flesh. The way to refute worldly philosophies and to reject sin’s temptation is by the Spirit in us strengthening us, and the word of God as His vehicle to apply it in Christian life.

EPrata photo: Spannocchia farm, Rosia, Tuscany Italy

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Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

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