Saturday, September 5th, 2009
"Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone." (1 Peter 5:8)
Since we are imperfect, it can be a challenge to produce spiritual fruitage, avoid the works of the flesh, and resist the pressure exerted by Satan’s world. Nevertheless, we are determined not to allow discouragement resulting from personal weaknesses, temporary failures, or physical limitations to affect the strength of our faith or diminish our love for Jehovah. We know that Jehovah will preserve the great crowd alive through the great tribulation. All the same, we are constantly on guard because we know that our real enemy is the Devil, and he does not give up easily. He has tried to use apostates and others to convince us that the teachings we follow are false. But that tactic has usually failed. Similarly, although persecution has sometimes slowed down the preaching work, often it has served only to strengthen the faith of those persecuted.
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 5:10, 11)
*Also, when you stop and consider all of the literature confiscations and constant bans that have been imposed on the preaching work (in literally every country, including America, at some point in the past century), its pretty amazing that the Watchtower has been printed continuously since 1879 despite all efforts to stop it.