Sunday Considerations: Enemies of the Christian

The enemies of the Christian have been commonly divided into three classes—the world, the flesh, and the devil. But though these may be conceived of, and spoken of separately, they resist the Christian soldier by their combined powers. The devil is the agent; the world furnishes the bait or the object of temptation; and the flesh, or our own corrupt nature, is the subject on which the temptation operates. Sometimes, indeed, Satan injects his fiery darts, enkindled in hell, to frighten the timid soul and drive it to despair; but in this he often overshoots his mark, and drives the poor trembling soul nearer to his Captain, whose broad shield affords ample protection.

We are not to suppose that we are not often led astray by the enticements of sin within us, without the aid of Satan. We need not be afraid of charging too much evil upon this arch adversary. He is ever on the alert, and is exceedingly deceptive in his approaches. Long experience has doubtless greatly increased his power and subtlety, unless he should be more restrained than formerly. Some people make a mock of Satan’s temptations, as though they were the dreams of superstitious souls. Not so Paul, and Peter, and John—not so Luther, and Calvin, and Zwingli. Not so any who understand the nature of the spiritual warfare. It is to the great injury of many professors, that they are not constantly on the watch against the wiles of the devil. If you wish to know where he will be likely to meet you, I would say, in your own room, in the church, on your bed, and in your daily company with others. A single thought which suddenly starts up in your mind will show that the enemy is near, and is suggesting such thoughts as without his agency never can be accounted for. “Watch, therefore!” (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:13) “Resist the devil—and he will flee from you!” (James 4:7)
~ Archibald Alexander, excerpt from Thoughts on Religious Experience, 1844.

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1 Vernita S. September 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Yes indeed, we have enemies and we must be on guard and not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. (Rom. 12:3). The devil, our ultimate enemy goes about seeking whom he may devour. In other words, that adversary is on the prowl, lurking, looking searching and waiting for an opportunity to catch us off guard as a means to entice us with the world’s alluring temptations. (I Peter 5:7-8). This is another reason to remain humble, steadfast and unmovable, abounding in the work of the Lord. I agree, if we resist, the devil will flee. This isn’t about having a debt with the devil. It’s about being a living, breathing walking Bible that all will see our good works and as we lift up Jesus, He will draw others unto Him.

Let’s face it, we will be tempted by Satan, however; God will make a way to escape the world and its insatiable appetite for fleshy gratification and lust of the eyes and pride of life. (I Corinthians 10:13; I John 2:25-16). My question is, do you want to escape? The Lord will keep you if you want to be kept. He has given us all we need to fight the good fight of faith and remain loyal to Jesus.


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