Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ April 14 ______

PEACE THROUGH JESUS

These things 1 have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. __John 16:33__

Man’s plans will be overthrown, and the Lord God of heaven will reveal His glory. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit will work out heaven’s law. These three great Powers gave pledged themselves to bring to the naught the inventions of idolatrous minds. They have put the infinite treasures of heaven at the command of Godls struggling people. As the wheel is turned by a divine hand, the philosophy of the wisest men who are working contrary to My purposes will become intricate and confused. …

In the great closing work we shall meet with perplexities that we know how not to deal with, but let us not forget that the three great powers of heaven are working, that a divine hand is on the wheel, and that God will bring His purposes to pass. (Manuscript 118, October 6, 1902)

After seducing Adam and Eva, Satan was sentenced to confinement to this globe. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This curse has reference chiefly to the originator of sin, the devil, and not to the serpent, the medium. Satan and his associates fell under the curse.

Unless man is given the converting grace of heaven, he will have no dispo¬sition to oppose Satan’s counsels and will become the enemy’s willing dupe. It is God alone who puts enmity to sin in the human heart. The Lord gives man a new mind. He causes the conflict that will not submit to Satan’s deceptive reasoning. It is God who makes a conflict where heretofore there has been unity of action. It is the Lord’s purpose that depraved human nature should, through His divine power, be provided with a renovating energy. (Manuscript 5, January 20, 1904)

Reflection:

By passing over the ground which man must travel, our Lord has prepared.the Way for us to overcome. It is not His will that we should be placed at a disadvantage in the conflict with Satan. He would not have us intimidated and discouraged by the assaults of the serpent. (The Desire of Ages, 122-123)