Being an Overcomer
“Satan makes every effort to lead people away from God; and he is successful in his purpose when the religious life is drowned in business cares, when he can so absorb their minds in business that they will not take time to read their Bibles, to pray in secret, and to keep the offering of praise and thanks- giving burning on the altar of sacrifice morning and evening. How few realize the wiles of the arch- deceiver! how many are ignorant of his devices!”—5 Testimonies, 426.
“Satan . . simply asks men to place their affec- tions upon the good things of this world. If he suc- ceeds in engaging the mind and affections, the heav- enly attractions are eclipsed. All he wants of man is for him to fall under the deceitful power of his temp- tations, to love the world, to love rank and position, to love money, and to place his affections upon earthly treasures. If he secures this, he gains all that he asked of Christ.
“The example of Christ shows us that our only hope of victory is in continual resistance of Satan’s attacks. He who triumphed over the adversary of souls in the conflict of temptation understands Satan’s power over the race and has conquered him in our behalf. As an overcomer He has given us the advan- tage of His victory, that in our efforts to resist the temptations of Satan we may unite our weakness to His strength, our worthlessness to His merits. And, sustained by His enduring might under strong temp- tation, we may resist in His all-powerful name and overcome as He overcame.”—3 Testimonies, 480.
“God loved the world so dearly that He gave His only-begotten Son that whosoever would accept Him might have power to live His righteous life. Christ