I knew I shouldn’t have let him do it, and I came to regret it for at least a week. My muscular, 300-lb. friend had just leveled me with a body slam. I felt like the peanut on the railroad track which had been hit as Engine #10 came around the bend — instant peanut butter. You could have peeled me from the floor with a spatula. I even looked like I had been in a train wreck as the breath had been knocked out of me, leaving me gasping for air. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

My friend is not the devil, but what he did to me that day in amusement, the devil does to dedicated believers in earnest. He does everything he can to snuff the life out of them. He knows the difference between spiritual contenders and pretenders. He knows the difference between a Christian who is for real and one who is merely going through the motions. The former concerns him; the latter he ignores. It is against the dedicated child of God that he wages an all-out assault, because this Christian is causing great damage to the kingdom of darkness.

If you are a committed Christian, then you can be certain the devil has you in his crosshairs. Like a ravening lion, he will scout and exploit your weaknesses. You may even be feeling the effects of his attack now: increased emotional instability, feelings of doubt and discouragement, fear, loneliness, depression, insecurity, strong resistance to your efforts at doing what is right or sharing your faith, distractions to your time with God, or pressure from carnal Christians. You may feel like the wind has been knocked out of you from time to time. Never forget who your adversary is. It is not your circumstances or setting, or even the people around you, but the devil. He wants to see you fall. Don’t give him the satisfaction.

 

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.

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