Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit?.....( Acts 5:3 ) As we move farther on in the Christian life we may expect to encounter increased hostility from the enemy of our souls. If satan opposes the new convert he opposes still more bitterly the Christian who is pressing on toward a higher life in Christ. The Spirit filled life is not, as many suppose, a life of peace and quiet pleasure. It is likely to be something quite the opposite. Satan hates the true Christian for several reasons. One is that God loves him, and whatever is loved by God is sure to be hated by the devil. Another is that the Christian, being a child of God, bears a family resemblance to the Father and to the household of faith. A third reason is that a true Christian is a former slave who has escaped from his control, and Satan cannot forgive him for this offense. The fourth reason is that a praying Christian is a constant threat to the stability of Satan's government. The Christian is a holy rebel loose in the world with access to the throne of God. Satan never knows from what direction his danger will come. And that is his greatest threat.