In the morning we looked at the reality of Satan from Ephesians 6, and the need for us to take up spiritual weapons against his tactics. We need to hear God's call to stand in the face of trial armed with His weapons of grace.
But the Devil is as subtle as he is active. I well remember reading the extract following from John Bunyan's spiritual autobiography 'Grace Abounding' many years ago. A timely word to wake us up, and to drive us back to God's resources for us in Christ.
"Then hath the tempter come upon me, also, with such discouragements as these – You are very hot for mercy, but I will cool you; this frame shall not last always; many have been as hot as you for a spirit, but I have quenched their zeal. And with this, such and such who were fallen off would be set before mine eyes. Then I should be afraid that I should do so too but, thought I, I am glad this comes into my mind. Well, I will watch, and take what heed I can. Though you do, said Satan, I shall be too hard for you; I will cool you insensibly, by degrees, by little and little. What care I, saith he, though I be seven years in chilling your heart if I can do it at last? Continual rocking will lull a crying child asleep. I will ply it close, but I will have my end accomplished. Though you be burning hot at present, yet, if I can pull you from this fire, I shall have you cold before it be long."