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Archive for September 20th, 2009

Humility Overcomes the Devil

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 20, 2009


  • The devil employs supporters

He does not work alone for he has supporters among his army of devils as well as of men who maybe your dear friends, relatives, acquaintances, or strangers.

The devil has spoken through the mouths of some people at the cross addressing the Lord, “If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matt 27:40).

  • The devil may also use your relatives

As it is said, “and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.” (Matt 10:36).

  • He may inspire one of your most beloved relatives with advice which destroys your life, or make them resist your spiritual acts, or your consecration or worship. He may even employ them to mock you. So, be on your guard and examine well whatever advice you hear and hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21). But be heedful not to say to any of your relatives, “You are a supporter of the devil”.

  • The supporters of the devil may be evil company

It is stated in the Bible, “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Cor 15:33). So, always put before you the words of the first psalm, not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful (Ps. 1). All these are seats of the devil which he leads and directs.

  • Do not think that the devil appears to you in a visible form to fight you

It is a very high degree of warfare which God does not allow, except for the holy people who can endure it. If the devil wants to provoke you, he will send you someone who provokes you; that person is of the devil’s supporters, at least regarding this point. Likewise is anyone who tempts you; who leads you to sin or helps you to sin or makes you fall in sin.

  • The wicked are in general supporters of the devil

Examples of these are places of amusement and all stumbling blocks, all atheist philosophers and those who call for atheism, who spread suspicions and who cause evil. Against these David the prophet and his men cried out, “O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness” (2 Sam. 15:31).

The counsel which Ahithophel offered to Absalom during his uprising against his father David was very harmful to David and his men. When the devil wants for example, to overthrow the world into heresies and suspicions, it is not necessary that he does so himself, but he offers such heresies to the world through his human supporters who spread them, explain them to people and call them to believe in such heresies.

So, we have to pray all the time that the Lord may save us from the supporters of the devil. Not only from the devil alone, but also from his angels, his troops, his assistants and supporters, and all those who do his will on earth… all the powers of the enemy.

Thus, we pray everyday in the eleventh hour prayer, “Deliver us from the intrigues of the adversary and annul all his snares, set against us” AMEN.

Therefore, there is a reason why we always need to remain humble and alert. These are some of the reasons why humility overcomes the devil;

  • First: because the devil is not humble and humility reminds him of his pride which was the cause of his fall.

  • Second: because humility reminds him of the image of Jesus Christ who emptied Himself and took upon Himself the form of a slave in order to save humanity. Mere memory of this troubles him and he departs.

  • Third: because the humble person, feeling his weakness, seeks the power of God to help him in fighting the devil and this is the thing which the devil fears most.

The devil said to God, ‘Leave to me the strong, I am responsible for them; but the weak I cannot overcome because when they find that they have no power, they fight me with Your power.

  1. A humble person always realises that he is weak and seeks God’s help which comes to him powerfully; so he conquers because he does not depend on his own human arm but on God’s help.

  2. The humble person is on guard against the slightest sin, and is afraid to fall so he gets away from all temptations and does not throw himself into a trial or think little of any matter. Through this caution due to humility he conquers the devils.

  3. The humble person reveals his wars and weak points, so that they are cured and thus he conquers.

  4. The humble person always prays and raises prayers even for the slightest sin. Thus, he takes God with him in his wars and conquers.

  5. Humility itself is a virtue which the devils cannot bear and so they fly away. As a person conquers the devils by humility, he conquers also by wisdom and discernment.


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