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Be self-controlled and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

~ 1 Peter 5:8-9

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.

~ Proverbs 19:2

The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water — the name of the star is Wormwood. [Wormwood is bitterness] A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter. [Waters are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages]

~ Revelation 8:10,11

The Devil, with the desire to destroy us, is always lurking, waiting to pounce when we stumble. But we never fight alone. There is always hope in our Lord Jesus.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

~ Psalm 94:18-19

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

~ Ephesians 4:22-32

Today’s Paintings are: Joseph Noel Paton’s “Satan Watching the Sleep of Christ”, 1874; Wilhelm von Schadow’s “Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins”, 1842; Orazio Gentileschi’s “The Mocking of Christ”, sometime between 1628-30 and 1635; and Pompeo Batoni’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son”, 1773. Header image is a detail from Albrecht Dürer’s “Adam and Eve” etching, 1504.