The Adversary Never Relents

 Luther’s sermons have been a great source of comfort, joy, and help for me in my Christian life.  I love how he is clear, bold, and constantly focuses on the gospel.  Here’s one great example from a sermon in 1534.  It has to do with how Christians should handle Satan’s attacks.

“All Christians face such attack, for the adversary never relents but continues to try to wrench us away from Christ and our baptism by means of hunger or persecution, by worldly fame and wealth, or by heresy or false interpretation of Scriptures, so that we give way to despair and vain glory.  If such tricks fail, the devil tries to get us by the throat and strangle us to death.  We can learn from Christ’s encounter with Satan how to deal with and overcome this adversary, so that he’s forced to let us go.  However, this happens only through faith in God and his Word.  Whoever thus arms himself properly will be able to withstand the devil; but whoever fails to do so will certainly be helpless against this deadly adversary.”

“It is the bounden duty, therefore, of every Christian to earnestly hear God’s Word and its preaching, diligently learn and become well-versed therein.  We should also persevere in earnest prayer that God would let his kingdom come among us, not lead us into temptation, but graciously deliver us from all evil.”

Martin Luther, Complete Sermons,  volume 5 page 313.

shane lems