Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy.
He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour!
" 1 Peter 5:8
Consider Satan's diligence in tempting. He neglects no time.
He who would have us idle--is always busy himself.
This lion of hell is ever hunting after his prey!
He compasses sea and land to make a proselyte.
He prowls around--he watches where he may
throw in the fireball of temptation.
He is a restless spirit; if werepulse him,
he will not desist--but come again with a new temptation.
Satan's diligence in tempting, is seen in the variety
of temptations he uses.
He does not confine himself to one kind of temptation--
he has more plots than one.
He has many tools to work with. If he finds one temptation
does not prevail--he will utilize another.
If he cannot tempt to lust--he will tempt
to pride. If temptation to covetousness does
not prevail--he will tempt to extravagance.
If he cannot make men profane--he will try
to makethem religious formalists. If he
cannot make them wicked--he will tempt
themto be erroneous. Error damns as well
as vice. Vice pistols; error poisons!
Satan has acquired long experience in the art of
temptation. He has been a tempter for as
long as he has been a devil. Having such
experience, he knows what the temptations
are, which have foiled others, and are most
likely to prevail--as the fowlerlays those
snares which have caught other birds.