YOU HAVE A PERSONAL DEVIL
Latter-day Saints need not be, and we must not be, deceived by the sophistries of men concerning the reality of Satan. There is a personal devil, and we had better believe it“ (Marion G. Romney, “Satan, the Great Deceiver,” Ensign, Feb. 2005, pgs. 52–57).,
Satan and his angels know you well, your strengths and your weaknesses. Overcoming specific temptations engineered by Satan and his Special Forces just for you, is an essential part of your progression. It is a very personal battle that you wage with Satan.
Brigham Young taught, “The men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle with the enemy of all righteousness [Satan] every day.” (A Shield Against Evil, Liahona, Clyde Williams, October 1966)
MORE RIGHTEOUS, MORE ATTENTION
IN FACT, IF you’re striving to be more righteous – like becoming temple worthy; staying sexually pure; overcoming a porn addiction; reading the scriptures everyday; quitting smoking; etc etc … “YOUR NAME” moves up on Satan’s whiteboard list.
Each of us should be approaching closer to God and increasing our spirituality-Right? Therefore, you should be a topic of discussion in some Special Forces meeting.
The Joseph Smith shared,
“The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of His purposes” (in Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967, p. 132).
Some may believe Satan is a bunch of goof-balls a poorly organized “F-troop” barely able to achieve a goal -as suggested by this image from this postcard.
Only Satan would have you believe he is that inept.
Spencer W. Kimball taught that the fight against Satan and his special forces
“is not a little skirmish with a half-willed antagonist, but a battle royal with an enemy so powerful, entrenched, and organized that we are likely to be vanquished if we are not strong, well-trained, and watchful.” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, Chapter 10: Fortifying Ourselves against Evil Influences (2006), 102–13)
YOUR PERSONAL DEVILS KNOW YOU WELL
“Your greatest weakness will be the point at which Satan [and his Special Forces] will try to tempt you, will try to win you; and if you have made yourself weak, he will add to that weakness.” (David O’McKay“ The Temptations in Life,” Improvement Era, July 1968, p.3 or Aaronic Priesthood Manual, Satan and His Temptations Lesson 11).
Spencer Kimball said it this way:
“Lucifer and his followers know the habits, weaknesses, and vulnerable spots of EVERYONE [including you] and take advantage of them to lead us to spiritual destruction.” (Spencer W. Kimball, “The Miracle of Forgiveness“, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969, pp. 218–19.)
Even if you don’t know your personal weaknesses- Satan and his Special Forces do!
THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF TRAINING
The Satan is NOT dead! (Remember- He was never born!) The same Satan that tempted Eve to disobey God is the the beginning (Genesis 3) is the same Satan that tempts you and me today. The same Special Forces -assigned to Adultery that successfully tempted King David with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11) is the same Special Forces that is tempting us now with a sexual weakness – etc etc.
They have immediate and ongoing access to the finest evil minds of all eternity – including from the pre-existence.
Although we don’t remember Satan and his Special Forces from the pre-existence, they certainly remember us, personally.
You don’t think these guys know what they’re doing? You don’t think they have detailed strategies to lead you and I down a path to adultery, porn addiction, divorce, “lull and pacify”, etc etc? (See: Satan’s Special Forces)
Satan, his followers with only “spirit bodies”, and his followers with physical bodies alive on earth today – – join their endless resources together in promoting their respective assigned sins.
Your life will never be the same once you sense the reality of a personal Satan and his forces targeting you-each day.
Now I am not calling attention to these things to frighten, stampede, or discourage anyone. I refer to them because I know they are true, and I am persuaded that if we are to “conquer Satan, and … escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work” (D&C 10:5), we must understand and recognize the situation as it is. This is no time for Latter-day Saints to equivocate. Nor is it a time for us to panic. The difficulties of our times have not come upon us unawares. A hundred and forty years ago the Lord clearly revealed the tenor of our times. We know that as the second coming of the Savior approaches, the tempo of Satan’s campaign for the souls of men is being and will continue to be accelerated. We know that the experiences of the intervening years will try men’s souls. (Marion G. Romney, “Satan, the Great Deceiver,” Ensign, Feb. 2005, pgs. 52–57).,
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