Posted on March 4, 2019 | by Fr. Viktor Gurev | Source
People of our times often deny the existence of temptations sent by the devil. They are convinced that the devil does not exercise any influence over them, that he never bothers them, and that they need not worry about the devil’s evil devices. Are those people right or not? In my opinion, they are right on the one hand and totally wrong on the other hand. While it might be true that the devil does not plot against them, it isn’t correct to contend that he does not attack anyone at all. There must be a reason why the devil does not fight against those people.
Abba Marcellus told his disciples the following story. One night, he woke up for his usual prayer and suddenly heard the sound of trumpet and the noise of a battle. The elder was baffled and perplexed. “Where does this sound of trumpet come from and what battle can occur in the middle of the desert?” While he was thinking about it, a demon appeared in front of him and shouted, “What are you thinking about? There is a battle going on here, indeed; but if you don’t want us to attack you, just go back to bed and sleep, and we won’t do anything to you. We don’t fight the lazy ones; we deal only with those who fast and are vigilant in prayers. That’s who we fight against.”
Now you can see why the devil doesn’t disturb sinners. Indeed, why would the devil attack those who are already in his power? Why would he care about maintaining that power if they don’t even think of lifting his yoke? No, brothers, people like those don’t interest him. He wants to attack people like Job, John the Longsufferer, Anthony, Mary of Egypt, John of Novgorod, Poemen, Macarius and others like them; and not those who are eager to serve him obediently.
The Word of God rightfully warns us that the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) and that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). Let us keep that in mind at all times. Like soldiers, let us constantly wear all the armor of God (see Ephesians 6:11) in case the devil attacks us. Amen.
Month: February. 20th day
Against those who reject demonic machinations.
(From a word from Limonis about the scolding of demons with the monks)
People of this century often reject the existence of temptations from the devil. They are sure that the devil does not have the slightest influence on them, that he never bothers them, and that the devil’s wiles should not be believed. Are these people right or not? In my opinion, on the one hand, they are right, but on the other – not at all. What the devil doesn’t build them, it can be very; but that he already does not fight against anyone is unjust; for the fact that he is not at war with them, there is a special reason.
Abba Markell once told the brethren the following. One day, when he got up at night for prayer, he suddenly heard a trumpet noise and noise, as if from a war battle. The elder was dismayed and wondered: where did this trumpet sound come from and what kind of abuse could there be in the desert? When he began to think so, he suddenly appeared before him and shouted: “What are you thinking? There really is a battle; but if you do not want us to fight with you, then go and sleep, and we will not attack. We do not fight with lazy people, but deal only with the fast and with prayers. Only with them we have a fight. “
Now you see yourself, brothers, why the devil of sinners does not bother. Why, in fact, the devil to fight with those who are already in his power, and that he cares about the retention of this power, when they themselves do not think about leaving from under it? No, brethren, such people are not in his part. He needs Job, John, the long-suffering, Anthony, Mary of Egypt, John of Novgorod, Pimena, Macarius and the like, but not those who themselves want to be his most humble servants.
The testimony of the word of God is immutable , that the devil, roaring like a lion, walks, whoever swallows up ( 1 Peter 5. 8 ); that there is no our fight against flesh and blood, but to the beginning and to the power and to the world keeper of the darkness of this age, to the heavenly wickedness ( Eph. 6. 12 ). We will remember this and, like the warriors, we will constantly be clothed in all the arms of God ( Eph. 6, 11 ) in case of the attack of the devil. Amen.