“And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High. (Daniel 7:25)

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”  (Matthew 24:12)

“One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl.  She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters.  She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, ‘These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”  This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.  (Acts 16:16-18)

“A few days later Felix came back with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish.  Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus.  As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened.  ‘Go away for now,’ he replied.  ‘When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.’ He also hoped that Paul would bribe him, so he sent for him quite often and talked with him.  After two years went by in this way, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus.  And because Felix wanted to gain favor with the Jewish people, he left Paul in prison.” (Acts 24:24-27)

“Then Delilah pouted, ‘How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me?  You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!’ She tormented him with her nagging day after day until he was sick to death of it.  Finally Samson shared his secret with her.” (Judges 16:15-17)

The Following Excerpts are from Watchman Nee’s “Let Us Pray”–Chapter 7, The Wearing-Out Tactics Of Satan

Satan has a work, which is attacking the children of God.  His attack may not come suddenly; oftentimes, it comes gradually and slowly.  Daniel 7.25 mentions how Satan shall wear out the saints of the Most High.  Satan has in fact a plan against the saints of the Most High, which is to wear them out.  Hence let us clearly recognize that the work of Satan in the lives of God’s children is frequently not very noticeable, since his work is slowly to wear them down.  What is the meaning of the phrase, “wear out”? It has in it the idea of reducing a little this minute, then reducing a little further the next minute.  Reduce a little today and reduce a little more tomorrow.  Thus the wearing out is almost imperceptible; nevertheless, it is a reducing.  The wearing down is scarcely an activity of which one is conscious, yet the end result is that there is nothing left.  Hence this principle of Satan’s working in the lives of God’s children is to wear them out until they are worn down completely.  He will wear you out a little today and then a little more the next day.  He will make you suffer a small amount now and a little more later.  You may think this to be something insignificant, nevertheless Satan knows that the consequence of such wearing away is to wear the saint out completely.” 

5 Ways Satan Wears Out the Children of God:  THE METHOD OF GRADUALISM

1) “Wearing out the Physical Body — He makes the child of God eat a little less today and sleep a little less tomorrow.  He causes him to feel a little tired today and a little more tired tomorrow. By thus adding a little at a time, a believer’s health can finally become entirely shaken.  Such is the work of Satan.”  See Job 2:7,8 and 2 Corinthians 12:7

2) “Wearing out Man’s Heart — Upon first believing in the Lord you may feel very happy, joyful and peaceful.  But if you are not watchful –being ignorant of what the enemy can do –you will find yourself one day mysteriously uncomfortable.  You feel somewhat restless today, somewhat unhappy tomorrow, and somewhat depressed the day afterLittle by little, your peace is completely lost, your joy totally gone.  This is the way the devil wears you down to a state of fatigue and despair.”

3) “Wearing out the Spiritual LifeHe will take away your prayer life little by little, and cause you to trust God less and less and yourself more and more, a little at a time.  He will make you feel somewhat cleverer than before.  Step by step you are misled to rely more on your own gift, and step by step your heart is enticed away from the Lord.

4) “Wearing out Our Time —  Felix often sent for Paul and communed with him.  After two years of conversation with the powerful and gifted apostle, he was still unsaved.  This is the enemy’s device to wear people out.  Paul is invited to talk without any result; tomorrow he is again invited to talk, with still no result; and the day afterwards he is once more invited to talk, and again, without any result.  Paul was inveigled to engage in “result-less” work for two whole years.”

5) “Wearing out Samson’s Consecration — Samson had failures, but he should not have lost his consecration nor his testimony of separation.  For the loss of consecration means the loss of power, and the loss of testimony signifies the loss of the presence of God.  Samson was a Nazarite, one who was consecrated to God.  Satan knew that the source of this man’s power lay in his consecration.  Hence in order to touch Samson’s lifespring, he must take away his consecration.  How did he do it?  He used the woman Delilah, who ‘pressed [Samson] daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was vexed unto death.  And he told her all his heart’ (Judges 16.16,17)  Thus did Samson reveal the secret of his power.  And subsequently, he fell into the snare of Satan: he lost his consecration, power, testimony of separation and the presence of God.  Such ‘pressing daily’ is done by the enemy.”

After identifying these 5 ways that Satan wears us out, Watchman Nee says something very interesting.  The Christian’s reaction to the realization that we are daily being worn down by Satan should be a reaction of utter exasperation and anger.

How do we react to people who wear us down and annoy us to the point that we are sick and tired of it and won’t take any more of it?  We experience feelings of detestation and loathing of these people.  But the real enemy behind them is Satan. 

Nee further says the “Children of God should be angry at Satan and should detest him.  By being angry and showing abhorrence they cease experiencing the wearing down of the enemy.  How frequently as you are being worn down by Satan you keep silent, patiently enduring and quietly suffering until you feel so disgusted within yourself and become so angry that you declare: ‘I oppose this, I will not have it!’ Just by saying this, just by being infuriated about it, you are delivered and the wearing out process ends.  God’s children should therefore rise up to repudiate and reprove the enemy.” As the archangel Michael said and as we should say to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9)

Lastly, Nee explains, “Whether or not you can resist him depends on how much you detest him….let us realize that if we patiently endure, the work of Satan will most certainly continue; but if we are outraged, he will immediately leave us alone.  Let us understand that all means of resistance are of no avail except we speak out to resist, and then we shall see that Satan is forced to retreat.”

“I resist, I oppose, I do not accept such wearing down.”  May we proclaim that God covers us with the blood of Jesus, which delivers us now and forever.

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:13)

 

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