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I Thessalonians evening service

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I Thessalonians 2:18 “Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.”

Since the first hour in which goodness came into conflict with evil, it has never ceased to be true in spiritual experience, that Satan hinders us.

From all points of the compass, all along the line of battle, in the front line and in the rear, at the dawn of day and in the midnight hour, Satan hinders us.

If we toil in the field, he seeks to break the ploughshare; if we build the wall, he labors to cast down the stones; if we would serve God in suffering or in conflict-everywhere Satan hinders us.

He hinders us when we are first coming to Jesus Christ. Fierce conflicts we had with Satan when we first looked to the cross and lived. Now that we are saved, he endeavors to hinder the completeness of our personal character.

You may be congratulating yourself, “I have up to now walked consistently; no person can challenge my integrity.” Beware of boasting, for your virtue will yet be tried; Satan will direct his engines against that very virtue for which you are the most famous.

If you have been up till now a firm believer, your faith will soon be attacked; if you have been meek as Moses, expect to be tempted to speak unadvisedly with your lips.

The birds will peck at your ripest fruit, and the wild boar will dash his tusks at your choicest vines. Satan is sure to hinder us when we are earnest in prayer.

He checks us persistently and repeatedly, and weakens our faith in order that, if possible, we may miss the blessing. Satan is no less vigilant in obstructing Christian effort. There was never a revival of religion without a revival of his opposition.

As soon as Ezra and Nehemiah begin to labor, Sanballat and Tobiah are stirred up to hinder them.

Be not afraid. We are not alarmed because Satan hinders us, for it is a proof that we are on the Lord’s side, and are doing the Lord’s work, and in his strength we shall win the victory, and triumph over our adversary.

Be very afraid if you are not being hindered by Satan.

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