February 8, 2023     10:54 am
221. Week of Fourth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
There are also evil angels.
          Keep a clear head and watch! Your enemy, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be strong in your faith and resist him.   1 Peter 5:8,9
          There are also evil angels. They are the spirits who fell from God, though in the beginning they were created good and holy. They are ruled by a prince, and, as a rule, Scripture usually mentions him alone when speaking of the evil angels. He, as you know, was the first one to sin. (1 John 3:8) These evil angels did not abide in the truth. (John 8:44) They did not keep their first glorious estate, but left their own habitation of blessedness. And God has rejected them forever; He has reserved them in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day. (Jude 6) Therefore they are God's declared enemies. They endeavour to destroy and to ruin the works of God. And they are also our, man's, declared enemies. Remember the temptation and the fall in Paradise! Until Judgment Day, God in His holy counsel permits the devil and his evil spirits to roam about on earth and practice their evil designs. The devil has a kingdom here, a kingdom constituted of deep guile and great might. He is the prince of this world. He is the ruler of the darkness of this world. (Eph. 6:12) With this evil foe, with all these evil foes, we Christians must wrestle, as the Apostle writes. See how the Holy Spirit, in the text at the head of our devotion, warns us against our adversary, and admonishes us to be sober and vigilant, and steadfastly to resist him in faith. But with might of ours can naught be done, soon were our loss effected. Christ, Christ, the Valiant One, whom the devil knows, and who has bruised the devil's head, helps His own, those who abide in His Word and arm themselves with His Word. With them all the power of the devil can avail nothing. My dear Christian, be Christ's own!
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, great Conqueror, who has overcome devil and hell, guard me against carnal security, and grant me grace that I may at all times watch the evil eye of the devil which is fixed upon me with the intention of destroying me. But also help me to call upon You, and to arm myself with Your Word, and so in Your power successfully to withstand Satan, and having done all, to stand. Amen

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February 8, 2023     10:54 am