Why Satan Hates YOU?
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. - 1 Peter 5:8-9
As we move farther on and mount higher up in the Christian life we may expect to encounter greater difficulties in the way and meet increased hostility from the enemy of our souls. Though this is seldom presented to Christians as a fact of life it is a very solid fact indeed as every experienced Christian knows, and one we shall learn how to handle or stumble over to our own undoing. Satan hates the true Christian for several reasons.
One is that God loves him, and whatever is loved by God is sure to be hated by the devil.
Another is that a Christian, being a child of God, bears a family resemblance to the Father and to the household of faith. Satan's ancient jealousy has not abated nor his hatred for God diminished in the slightest. Whatever reminds him of God is without other reason the object of his malignant hate.
A third reason is that a true Christian is a former slave who has escaped from the galley, and Satan cannot forgive him for this affront.
A fourth reason is that a praying Christian is a constant threat to the stability of Satan's government. The Christian is a holy rebel loose in the world with access to the throne of God. Satan never knows from what direction the danger will come. Who knows when another Elijah will arise, or another Daniel? Who knows this child may go in and liberate a whole town or countryside by the preaching of the Word and in prayer? Such a danger is too great to tolerate, so Satan gets to the new convert as early as possible to prevent him becoming too formidable a foe.
In case you haven't noticed, you are not popular with Satan! Why? You are an object of God's love; part of God's family; an escaped prisoner of the evil one and a danger to him. He knows he can not touch you but is always on the look out when you fall and reject God, and he gets access to you.
[ Prayer for the Day ]
In You I stand, O Lord. In myself I am easy prey for the adversary. In You I am strong, You are my hedge of protection. In your Name I am out to destroy the kingdom of the evil one and free your sheep from his stronghold. Praise Your Holy Name!
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