Hope for Triumph Over Evil

” I will enmity between thee and the woman,and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15.

This enmity is not natural. When man transgressed the divine law,his nature became evil, in harmony with Satan. Fallen angels and wicked men united in desperate companionship. Had not God interposed, Satan and man would have entered into an alliance against Heaven, and the whole human family would have been united in opposition to God.

When Satan heard that enmity should exist between himself and the woman, and between his seed and her seed, he knew that by some means man was to be enabled to resist his power.

Christ implants in man enmity against Satan. Without this converting grace and renewing power, man would continue a servant ever ready to do Satan’s bidding. But the new principle in the soul creates conflict; the power which Christ imparts enables man to resist the tyrant. To abhor sin instead of loving it displays a principle from above.

Whoever resists temptation will arouse the wrath of Satan. Christ and Satan cannot harmonize. ” All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12.

This vigilant foe is intruding his presence in every household, in every street, in the churches, in national councils, in courts of justice, perplexing , deceiving, seducing, everywhere ruining the souls and bodies of men, women, and children. He breaks up families, sowing hatred, strife, sedition, and murder. And the world seems to regard these things as though God had appointed them and they must exist. All who are not decided followers of Christ are servants of Satan. When Christians choose the society of the ungodly, they expose themselves to temptation. Satan conceals himself from view and draws his deceptive covering over their eyes.

Never forget the inspired warning sounding down the centuries to our time: ” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” ” Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be to stand against the wiles of the devil.” 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:11.’

A guardian angel is appointed to every follower of Christ. ” The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.” Said the Saviour, speaking of those that believe in Him. ” In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my father.” Psalm 34:7; Matthew 18:10. God’s people , exploded to the unsleeping malice of the prince of darkness, are assured of the unceasing guardianship of angels. Such assurance is given because there are mighty agencies of evil to be met – agencies numerous, determined , and untiring.

We may find shelter and deliverance in the superior power of our Redeemer. We carefully secure our houses with bolts and locks to protect our property and lives from evil men, but seldom think of the evil angels whose attacks we have , in our own strength , no defence. If permitted, they can distract our minds, torment our bodies, destroy our possessions and our lives. But those who follow Christ are safe under His watchcare. Angels that excel in strength are sent to protect them. The wicked one cannot break through the guard which God has stationed about His people.

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