Tears And Conflict
the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations,
which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews. Acts 20:19.
days of Adam to our own time, our great enemy has been exercising his power
to oppress and destroy. He is now preparing for his last campaign against
to disguise his real character and purposes, he has caused himself to be so
represented as to excite no stronger emotion than ridicule or contempt. He
is well pleased to be painted as a ludicrous or loathsome object, misshapen,
half animal and half human.
was so cunning at first, what must he be now, after gaining an experience
of many thousands of years? Yet God and holy angels, and all those who abide
in obedience to all the Lord’s will, are wiser than he.
are actively engaged in the cause of God, seeking to unveil the deceptions
of the evil one and to present Christ before the people, will be able to join
in the testimony of Paul, in which he speaks of serving the Lord with all
humility of mind, with many tears and temptations. . . .
has no power to control the will or to force the soul to sin. He may distress,
but he cannot contaminate. He can cause agony, but not defilement.
cannot read our thoughts, but he can see our actions, hear our words; and
from his long knowledge of the human family, he can shape his temptations
to take advantage of our weak points of character. And how often do we let
him into the secret of how he may obtain the victory over us. Oh, that we
might control our words and actions!
assailed Christ with his fiercest and most subtle temptations; but he was
repulsed in every conflict. Those battles were fought in our behalf; those
victories make it possible for us to conquer. Christ will give strength to
all who seek it.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 85, 86.