Posts Tagged ‘Devil

10
Nov
17

Who Controls The World?

Those who belong to Jesus are protected from the devil by Jesus. The enemy of your soul cannot do anything to harm you if you belong to Christ Jesus. This is what John says in 1 John 5. He writes:

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. – 1 John 5:18-19 (NIV)

He says that the whole world, or the system of the world, is under the control of the evil one. All of the evil in this world is because of the enemy. Satan is the enemy and He is working to keep the world under his control. But the good news is that Jesus has overcome the enemy. He has overcome the devil. The devil is a defeated enemy and he cannot control you or harm you if you belong to Jesus. Do not waste any more of your time in the enemy’s camp! Give your life to Jesus today! Let Him set you free from the clutches of Satan and become a child of God.
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11
Oct
17

The One Who Is In You

You have great power living in you! Did you know that? Listen to what John says:

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit of God dwells in you from the moment you come to Jesus for salvation. The evil one has no hold on you from that moment on and forever. God’s Spirit will lead you, guide you, teach you, comfort you and seal you for eternity. Our job is to listen as He guides and to surrender to His leadership and teaching. When false teachers and false prophets come along, God’s Spirit will remind you of the truth of Jesus’ words. When the evil one comes calling to tempt you, the Holy Spirit will lead you out of temptation. God’s Spirit lives in you and He is greater than any force of evil, including the enemy.
21
Sep
17

God’s Children Do What Is Right

Whose image are you reflecting in your life? Are you reflecting God or the evil one? John wrote:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. – 1 John 3:7-8 (NIV)

When we do the right things, our lives are characterized by righteousness and we reflect Jesus for He is righteous. Those whose lives are characterized by sin reflect the devil for the devil does what is sinful. We who follow Jesus have had our many sins forgiven. The Holy Spirit of God helps us to do what is right. If you haven’t trusted Jesus for forgiveness yet, your sins are not forgiven and are not a child of God. What are you waiting for? Trust Jesus for salvation and forgiveness and become a child of God.
29
Aug
17

We Are Overcomers

Good Tuesday morning to you! The Apostle John tells his audience why he was writing to them. He says:

I am writing to you, dear children,
    because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.

14 I write to you, dear children,
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

​ – 1 John 2:12-14 (NIV)​
Twice he says that they had overcome the evil one. We give the evil one more credit than he is due. Through Jesus Christ, we have overcome the evil one. The devil cannot defeat you if you are in Christ Jesus. The devil doesn’t make you do anything. The One living in you is greater than the one in the world. Don’t give the enemy any power over you. Jesus overcame the enemy and He has given you His victory.
26
May
17

Resisting God and Surrendering To Temptation

Friendship with the world makes God your enemy. If God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, then we should be humble before God. Who wants God to be their enemy? James writes:

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7 (NIV)

Tragically, we often do the opposite. We resist God and surrender to temptation. When temptation comes calling, we ignore the Holy Spirit of God and His warnings to flee temptation. We welcome the devil and his offerings of temporary gratification. When we come to our senses and realize what we’ve done, guilt and shame set in and fear takes hold. Does God still love me in spite of what I’ve done? Will God welcome and accept me despite my sin? The answer is yes. God will not reject you because you’ve sinned. Jesus died for sinners like us in order to bring us to God. The invitation to surrender and submit to God is still there and we can accept it at any time.
29
Mar
16

God’s Spirit Is Greater

1 John 4:4-6 (NIV)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
 
We oftentimes give the enemy too much credit.  The spirit of the antichrist (which John says is in the world in 1 John 4:3) is not greater than the Holy Spirit.  Those who deny Jesus Christ have the spirit of the antichrist.  Those who follow Jesus are filled with the Holy Spirit.  God’s Spirit is greater than the evil one.  God’s Spirit is more powerful than the devil.  For the follower of Jesus, the One living in you has already defeated Satan.
Do not give the enemy more credit than he is due.  Yes, the devil is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour.  But that doesn’t mean that he can can devour you.  Surrender to the leading of God’s Spirit and submit to His guidance.  Call upon the power of the Holy Spirit when tempted by evil to deliver you from the temptation.  Don’t blame the devil every time you give in to temptation (“The devil made me do it”).  The enemy is dangerous, but he is also defeated.  God’s Son defeated Satan when He arose from the grave on that glorious Sunday morning!  We have Resurrection power living in us.  Let’s trust in God’s Spirit to empower us to overcome sin, temptation and the evil one.
PRAYER: Father, protect me from the evil one today.  On my own, I am weak.  But in You I find strength to overcome sin and temptation.  Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit today for He is greater than the enemy.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
08
Feb
16

The Father Protects

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.




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