Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ April 11 ______

VICTORY AND TRIUMPH OVER SATAN

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. … above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one

__Ephesians 6:11, 16__

I saw that God wanted His people to be separated from the world, for wicked persons were the lawful prey of the enemy and he would work through them in every way to perplex and destroy the saints, and if we were obliged to be in company with the wicked persons we must pray and watch every moment lest we should partake of their spirit, for they corrupted the atmosphere where they were and their very breath was darkness, and that the wicked would wax worse and worse, and we must cut loose from theme and be free and free indeed, and God does not want His people to mingle with the wicked more than they are obliged to. …

Could our eyes be opened, we should see forms of wicked angels around us, trying to invent some new and effectual way to annoy and destroy us, and we should also see angels of God guarding us from their power, for I saw that God’s watchful eye was over Israel and that He would protect and save them if they would put their trust in Him, and when the enemy should come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord would lift up a standard against him.

I saw we must buckle on the whole armor and take the shield of faith and we should be enabled to stand and the fiery darts of the enemy could not move us, and should be mighty and terrible as an army with banners. …

We must work while the day lasts and when Satan comes up with his power to oppress us, we must have faith in God and beat him back, and if we could not get the victory, we should fast and pray and we should surely get the victory and triumph over Satan. (Manuscript 7, August 24, 1850)

 

Reflection:

We are engaged in an exalted, sacred work. Those who profess to be called to teach the truth to those who sit in darkness should not be bodies of unbelief and darkness themselves. They should live near to God, where they can be all light in the Lord. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, 516)