Tozer Devotional

Fri, December 16, 2022

Resisting Satanic Stratagems

In the days of Esther the evil Haman listened to the blandishments of Satan and set out to try to destroy the Jews. The outcome revealed how very unwise the effort had been. The Jews went free and Haman swung from the very gallows he had erected for his hated enemy, the Jew Mordecai. When the body of Haman swung back and forth on the gallows he had built for another, the folly of unrighteousness was exposed in a way and to a degree that must have surprised Satan. The world now knows, or can know if it will, that every gallows built to destroy good men will hang the builder at last. Justice may be a long time getting around to it, but evil will hang finally. Satan did not know this, or if he did he never intended that the secret should get out; either way his supposed shrewdness failed him.

Then, Satan's long, unrelenting warfare against the church has never been successful, and this has been at least partly due to his own unwisdom. In his fury he has shed the blood of millions of the saints, but always the blood of the martyr has become the seed of the church. "But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew," first spoken of Israel, accurately describes conditions among the Christians down the centuries. Had Satan been the shrewd strategist he is said to be, he would long ago have stopped trying to exterminate Christianity by direct attack; yet he is still trying in many parts of the earth, and in so doing he is creating public sympathy for the very persons he is seeking to destroy. This reveals not wisdom but a large amount of blind malice instead.

Verse

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27

Thought

It is our sinful nature practices that give Satan a foothold. He uses them to defeat us and weaken the church. But in Christ we can resist Satan and find deliverance even as did Esther, Mordecai and their people.

Prayer

O Lord, alert me to Satan's stratagems that I not give him a foothold in my life.

“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 39 - Satan's Defeat Linked to His Moral Folly

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