(William Plumer, “Earnest Hours” 1869)
Put on the full armor of God!
“The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
Though not omniscient, yet Satan knows much that is in our hearts.
He is skilled in deceiving.
Because He is very daring.
He assailed even Christ.
And He quotes Scripture with great readiness, Matthew 4:6
He is dreadfully malignant.
Innocence is no barrier against his wiles.
He entered Eden itself.
Because He has no compassion on the weak or the ignorant.
He assumes every appearance from that of a roaring lion, to that of an angel of light.
False religion pleases him as well as total atheism.
He has great ability in deluding men and making them think they are something, when they are nothing.
Because He rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience.
Under his influence men call good, evil; and evil, good.
He is always busy.
And He never misses a sermon or a prayer meeting!
He corrupts our secret devotions.
Because He closely watches his prey and tightens his fetters.
He is often most busy with us, when we least think of his presence.
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes!” Ephesians 6:11
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