Spiritual eyesight is needed to recognize that our trials are just temptations and sorrows from Satan to turn our eyes away from Jesus onto self! It is his goal to little by little break our endurance.
In Early Writings, 46, Ellen White says, “If we overcome our trials and get victory over the temptations of Satan, then we endure the trial of our faith, which is more precious than gold, and are stronger and better prepared to meet the next.”
On the contrary, those who do not gain that victory sink and grow weaker!
“But if we sink down and give way to the temptations of Satan, we shall grow weaker and get no reward for the trial and shall not be so well prepared for the next. In this way we shall grow weaker and weaker, until we are led captive by Satan at his will.” Ibid.
I pray that
- you do not want to give way to Satan’s temptation.
- you do not want to be his captive.
- you do not want to grow weaker and weaker.
- you do not want to be a little puppet on his string, doing the things that lead you away from Jesus into the shadows of darkness with Satan.
Stand up! Be strong and of a good courage (Joshua 1:9)!
Listen, put “on the whole armor of God and be ready at any moment for a conflict with the powers of darkness (Ephesians 6:11). When temptations and trials rush in upon us, let us go to God and agonize with Him in prayer. He will not turn us away empty, but will give us grace and strength to overcome, and to break the power of the enemy.” Ibid.
Pray for your eyes to be opened to see these things in their true light, and endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus! Move forward, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10)!
Remember, “All wrong-doing is forsaking the path where Jesus leads, turning aside to the crooked ways of darkness.” The Signs of the Times, July 28, 1881.
When temptations and trials rush in upon us, go to God and agonize with Him in prayer. He Who keeps you and never slumbers or sleeps (Psalm 121:4) hears the desperate cries of His children and will answer.
“A divine Guide goes before the faithful, encouraging them with His voice, aiding them with His hand, and they need never mistake the way.” Ibid. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.
God says to you, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. … I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Joshua 1:9, 5.
Father, I do not enjoy being a captive and puppet of Satan. I come to You asking for grace and power to overcome the power of my enemy and to stand in the light of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer, victorious over the temptations and trials. I want to walk in that pathway of victory, heading homeward. Amen.