The Lord is saying, “Always be on guard and have don your soldiers uniform and be prepared to fight daily battles in prayer on your knees. The enemy is going around trying to deposit agitation and aggravation into my people. And he’s doing it in such a way that you don’t see it coming unless you are really on guard in the spirit realm. If you have been feeling a little out of sorts or unusually upset, it is not high blood pressure or any other evil disease. It is the devil, the one who is jealous of you, trying to get you to step out into your flesh so that he can say that you are not one of my children. Jesus rebuked satan when he tried to use Peter. Make sure that you know how to rebuke him yourself and when he is around whether you feel his presence or not. I love you.”
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
To the young ruler our Lord named one command as great-the love of one’s neighbor. Now, in answer to this scribe, he turned with unerring choice, first to Deu 6:4-5, and then to Lev 19:18, for the two pillars on which the collective and individual life of man must rest. The reverent answer of the scribe proves that he was no ordinary questioner; and our Lord acknowledged this when He told him that a few steps more would bring him into the kingdom of God. Our Lord was David’s son by human descent, but as Son of God, proceeding from the Father, He is exalted far above David and all mankind.
In terrible words, Mar 12:38-40, Christ denounced the moral and religious leaders of the time. They made a pretense and a gain of their religion. How great the contrast between them and this poor widow, who cast into God’s treasury all that she had to provide for her day’s living! Our Lord is quick to notice acts like these, which give evidence of the true heart.