Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Luke 10:19.
Fallen man is Satan’s lawful captive. The mission of
Christ was to rescue him from the power of his great adversary. Man is naturally
inclined to follow Satan’s suggestions, and he cannot successfully resist
so terrible a foe unless Christ, the mighty Conqueror, dwells in him, guiding
his desires, and giving him strength. God alone can limit the power of Satan.
. . . Satan knows better than God’s people the power that they can have
over him when their strength is in Christ. When they humbly entreat the mighty
Conqueror for help, the weakest believer in the truth, relying firmly upon
Christ, can successfully repulse Satan and all his host. . . .
Satan will call to his aid legions of his angels to oppose
the advance of even one soul, and, if possible, wrest it from the hand of
Christ. . . . But if the one in danger perseveres, and in his helplessness
casts himself upon the merits of the blood of Christ, our Saviour listens
to the earnest prayer of faith, and sends a reinforcement of those angels
that excel in strength to deliver him. Satan cannot endure to have his powerful
rival appealed to, for he fears and trembles before His strength and majesty.
At the sound of fervent prayer, Satan’s whole host trembles.
Nothing but Christ’s loving compassion, His divine
grace, His almighty power, can enable us to baffle the relentless foe, and
subdue the opposition of our own hearts. What is our strength? The joy of
the Lord. Let the love of Christ fill our hearts, and then we shall be prepared
to receive the power that He has for us. . . .
Beholding Christ for the purpose of becoming like Him, the
seeker after truth sees the perfection of the principles of God’s law,
and he becomes dissatisfied with everything but perfection. . . . A battle
must be fought with the attributes that Satan has been strengthening for his
own use. . . . But he knows that with the Redeemer there is saving power that
will gain for him the victory in the conflict. The Saviour will strengthen
and help him as he comes pleading for grace and efficiency.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 215, 216.