The Desperation of Satan
knows that those that seek God for pardon and
grace will obtain it. Can you imagine this?
Satan, the being that is the most sinful of all
created beings, knows that our prayerful request
for pardon and grace will be granted. God
inspires the Spirit of Prophecy. It plainly says,
If we ask for pardon and grace we will
it that the devil knows the truth, and we dont
understand it ourselves in our personal walk with
God? In whom the god of this world hath
blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest
the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2 Corinthians 4:4.
order for us not to understand the glorious
gospel of Christ, the devil has to blind our
minds. The devil knows the goodness of God
leadeth us (Romans 2:4) to repentance
because he has experienced the love of God.
Lucifer in heaven has sinned in the light
of Gods glory. To him as no other created
being was given a revelation of Gods love.
If we really understood the goodness of God, we
would run to Him.
does Satan blind us? Satan is exultant when he
can lead the children of God into unbelief and
despondency. He delights to see us mistrusting
God, doubting His willingness and power to save
us. He loves to have us feel that the Lord will
do harm by His providences. It is the work of
Satan to represent the Lord as lacking any
compassion and pity. He misstates the truth in
regard to Him. He fills the imagination with
false ideas concerning God; and instead of
dwelling upon the truth in regard to our heavenly
Father, we too often fix our minds upon the
misrepresentations of Satan and dishonor God by
distrusting Him and murmuring against Him.
often we are in danger of dwelling not on
the nature of Christ, but on the nature of Satan
every time we believe that God will not
give us pardon and grace, for the devil is
a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44.
With his [Satan] own evil characteristics he
sought to invest the loving Creator. Thus he
deceived angels. Thus he deceived men.
Dwelling on Failure
misrepresentations of God cause us to fall? The
adversary seeks continually to obstruct the way
to the mercy seat, that we may not by earnest
supplication and faith obtain grace and power to
resist temptation. Any time we dont believe
that we can have Gods mercy, our way to the
mercy seat is obstructed, and we become deceived.
We have no power to resist temptation without Gods
mercy and are led into sin. Satan hopes
so to destroy their faith that they will yield
fully to his temptations, and turn from their
allegiance to God.
Bible declares that Gods mercy
endureth for ever. Psalms 107:1. If the
Bible says that, how does the devil lead us to
believe that we cannot obtain it?
the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from
Christ, the source of strength and life. Hence it
is Satans constant effort to keep the
attention diverted from the Savior and thus
prevents the union and communication of the soul
with Christ. Satan endeavors to
affright their souls with the thought that their
case is hopeless, that the stain of defilement
can never be washed away. Satan determined to put
forth still further effort to weaken and
discourage Gods people by holding before
them their imperfections of character. When we
believe that our sins can never be washed away,
our faith is destroyed. When that is happening,
what do we fail to do?
is no danger that the Lord will neglect the
prayers of His people. The danger is that
temptation and trial they will become
discouraged, and fail to persevere in prayer.
Satan knows that those who ask God for pardon and
grace will obtain it. But if we do not ask God
for pardon and grace, we will never have victory.
Therefore, the devil does his uttermost to keep
our attention on misrepresentations of God so we
will never overcome sin. Our strength lies in
asking God for His pardon and grace. Tragically,
though, Christ saw multitudes perishing within
reach of abundant help. All power (Matthew 28:18)
has been given unto Christ for us to subdue the
devil, but we must simply ask for it in prayer.
The Power of
powerful is prayer? Prayer has subdued
kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained
promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched
the violence of fire. The way we defeat
Satans kingdom is through prevailing
prayer. Pray in your closet as you go through
your daily labor let your heart be often uplifted
to God. These silent prayers rise like precious
incense before the throne of grace. Satan cannot
overcome him whose heart is thus stayed upon God.
have constant communication with God, Satan and
his entire host are defeated foes. If Satan sees
that he is in danger of losing one soul, he will
exert himself to the utmost to keep that one. And
when the individual is aroused to his danger,
and, with distress and fervor, looks to Jesus for
strength, Satan fears that he will lose a
captive, and he calls a reinforcement of his
angels to hedge in the poor soul, and form a wall
of darkness around him, that heavens light
may not reach him. But if the one in danger
preserves, and his helplessness casts himself
upon the merits of the blood of Christ, our
savior 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, Satans
whole host trembles. He continues to call legions
of evil angels to accomplish his objective. And
when angels, all-powerful, clothed with the
armory of heaven, come to the help of the
fainting, pursued soul, Satan and his host fall
back, well knowing that their battle is lost.
we come to God in prayer, we must believe
that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6.
What is the character of God? Who is a God
like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and
passeth by the transgression of the remnant of
his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for
ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Micah 7:18. God wants us to know that He delights
in saving our souls. It is Gods to encircle
sinful repentant human beings in the arms of His
love, to bind up our wounds, to cleanse them with
the garments of salvation. What is our reward?
The children of God are amply recompensed. They
shall see his face; and His name shall be in
their foreheads. Revelation 22:4.
are the only ones to see Gods face? Who
shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who
shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean
hands, and a pure heart
24:3,4. Gods word gives us the assurance
that He will give us His character as we present
our supplications to Him. Prayer is heavens
ordained means of success in the conflict with
sin and with the development of Christian
character. The divine influences that come in
answer to the prayer of faith will accomplish in
the soul of the suppliant all for which he
pleads. For the pardon of sin, for the Holy
Spirit, for a Christ like temper, for wisdom and
strength to do His work, for any gift He has
promised, we may ask; and the promise is, Ye
prayer is this powerful, why dont we pray
to God and receive the promises? Why are
thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou
disquieted within me? Hope thou in God
Psalms 42:11. Satan is ready to steal away the
blessed assurances of God. He desires to take
every glimmer of hope and every ray of light from
the soul. If we dont hope in Gods
mercy, then well not receive His promises
for we are saved by hope
8:24. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us,
according as we hope in thee. Psalms 33:22.
This hope is a sure hope because hope
maketh not ashamed. Romans 5:5.
Satan rightly points out our defects and faults,
how can we have the hope of salvation? Christ
in you is the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27. Christ is our only hope of
salvation. When Satan seeks to cover the people
of God with blackness, and ruin them, Christ
interposes. Although they have sinned, Christ has
taken the guilt of their sins upon His own soul.
Christ saves us not on our own merit; were
not saved by our own righteousness, but His
righteousness. God hath clothed me with the
garments of salvation, he hath covered me with
the robe of righteousness
obtain His righteousness through His mercy.
Not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to his mercy he saved us.
Titus 3:5. Their only hope is in the mercy of
God; their only defense will be prayer. We can
boldly come to God and ask for pardon and grace.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return
unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him;
and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God,
for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:7.
ever want to realize Christ in us, we must banish
every misrepresentation of God from our thoughts
each day. With the rich promises of the bible
before you, can you give place to doubt? Can you
believe that when the poor sinner longs to
return, longs to forsake his sins, the Lord
sternly withholds him from coming to His feet in
repentance? Away with such thoughts! Nothing can
hurt your soul more than to entertain such a
conception of our heavenly Father.
of His Love
group together the blessed assurances of His
love, that we may look upon them continually: The
Son of God leaving His Fathers throne,
clothing His divinity with humanity, that He
might rescue man from the power of Satan; His
triumph in our behalf, opening heaven to men,
revealing to human vision the presence chamber
where the Deity unveils His glory; the fallen
race uplifted from the pit of ruin into which sin
had plunged it, and brought again the connection
with the infinite God, and having endured the
divine test through faith in our Redeemer,
clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and
exalted to His throne these are the
pictures which God would have us contemplate.
great love for us is His assurance that our
prayers for pardon and grace will be answered.
But while the followers of Christ have sinned,
they have not given themselves up to be
controlled by the satanic agencies. They have
repented of their sins and have sought the Lord
in humility and contrition, and the divine
Advocate pleads in their behalf.
He who has been abused by their
ingratitude, who knows their sin and also their
penitence, declares: The Lord rebuke thee,
O Satan, I gave my life for these souls. They are
graven upon the palms of My hands. They may have
imperfections of character, they may have failed
in their endeavors; but they repented, and I have
forgiven and accepted them.