Looking unto Jesus and not at Satan, though he seek to terrify us by his fury or to entice us by his flatteries. We would save ourselves from many useless questions, form many disturbing scruples, from much loss of time, from dangerous dallying with evil, from waste of energy, from empty dreams, from bitter disappointments, from sorrowful struggles and distressing falls by looking steadily unto Jesus and by following Him wherever He may lead us. Then we would be too occupied with keeping sight of the path which He marks out for us to waste even a glance on those paths in which He does not think it suitable to lead us.
I was told many years ago that Satan likes to get attention. He does not care whether it is good or bad just so long as he is kept in the picture! Unfortunately, often, he gets too much attention from God’s children.
The scriptures warn us of him and they tell us that we must be aware of his sneaky devices. He is out to defame the Lord Jesus and to destroy us. He is spoken of as being a roaring lion seeking ones he can devour. He is more than we can handle. But we have One who has defeated Satan; One who is ever on our side and One who will keep us.
Just before the Lord Jesus went to the cross, we were his main concern. He prayed that we would be kept from the evil one (Satan). This is not to say that we will not have times of testing and may experience bruising in the conflict but we are never forsaken and our Great Captain always leads us in triumph! Keep looking only to Him.
Did we in our own strength confide Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, The Man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth, His name,
From age to age the same, and He must win the battle. Martin Luther
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. I Peter 5:8-9
Now thanks be to God which always causes (leads) us in triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savor of His knowledge by us in every place. II Corinthians 2:14
Can We Pray? Great and Almighty God calm all fears in your presence. Rise up to my heart to dwarf every threat of the enemy and swallow up the shadows of his accusations in Your overshadowing presence. Let me grant the enemy only recognition of his tactics but not a fear of his advance. I remember now that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and through His blood, Amen.