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Beloved Ministers, Friends, and Saints of The Living God:

Much trouble is loosed upon us in our world. But these difficulties bring us to the following knowledge and by admission we are brought to the Confession of Faith in our Savior who awaits us in Heaven, as He now cooperates with us by His Holy Spirit here in the midst of our trials and troubles. Therefore, child of God, take heart, be strengthened, and know beyond doubting that you are eternally blessed, “Called, chosen, and faithful,” predestined for eternal glory in the Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, for in His kingdom we shall rule and reign with him, after Satan is eternally put under our feet.

"Satan hindered us."
by Rev. William C Brooks
1 Thessalonians 2:18

Since the first hour in which goodness came into conflict with evil, it has never ceased to be true in spiritual experience that Satan hinders us. From all points of the compass, all along the line of battle, in the front and in the rear, at the dawn of day and in the midnight hour, Satan hinders us.

If we toil in the field, he seeks to break our ploughshare; if we build the wall, he labors to cast down the stones; if we would serve God in suffering or in conflict — everywhere…..Satan hinders us. He hinders us when we are first coming to Jesus Christ. Fierce conflicts we had with Satan when we first looked to the cross and began to live because of His sacrifice.

Now that we are saved, he endeavors to hinder the completeness of our change – from what we were (eternally lost in sins), to what we are now becoming, a true child of God through Jesus Christ. You may be congratulating yourself, perhaps thinking, "I have up to now walked consistently; no man can challenge my integrity." But beware of boasting, for your virtue will yet be tried. Satan will direct his engines against that very virtue for which you are the most well known. If you have been before now a firm believer, your faith will soon be attacked. If you have been as meek as Moses, expect to be tempted to speak unadvisedly with your lips, or to lose your temper and smite the rock.

The birds will peck at your ripest fruit (your best works for God), and the wild boar will dash his tusks at your choicest vines (saints you have won and helped to develop will suddenly turn away from you and go out of the camp of the redeemed).

Satan is sure to hinder us when we are earnest in prayer. Yes, even to distracting us so that we pray very little or even not at all. Satan closely checks our dogged persistence, our dedicated perseverance, and weakens our faith in order that he may rob us of the sweet blessings of close fellowship with our Lord.

Nor is Satan less vigilant in obstructing Christian effort. There was never a revival of religion without a revival of Satan’s opposition. As soon as Ezra and Nehemiah begin to labor for the recovery of the Temple and all things of God, Sanballat and Tobiah, their supposed brethren, are stirred up to hinder them. What then?

We are not alarmed because Satan hinders us, for it is sure proof that (1) we are on the Lord's side, and (2) we are doing the Lord's work, and (3) in His strength we shall win the victory, and triumph over all our adversary. We have NOT, in the past, or in our present states, nor in our future ever been designed or intended for defeat! NEVER! The birth, the life, the death, the burial, the resurrection, and the ascension back to Heaven all clearly show His victory in every measure of life – and we therefore have lives after His model, because we have been “born again” and having laid down our former sinful lives, we now walk in Him, in His character, in His great Spiritual life, and His new duties IN HEAVEN to intercede on behalf of each of us, His children, we know we are loved, we are redeemed, and our faith must make us know, and make us stand up gloriously as ambassadors for Christ and His kingdom, understanding that WE ARE CONQUERORS IN ALL THINGS, even though, “Satan hindered us.”

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