Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 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. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. – 1 John 3:7-10
Your love and truth are a very real force in my life. They lead me to deal with my demons and fight the sins that so easily plague me and those I rub up against. Thank you for this word from John. It reminds me that my fight against the ever present evil in my life is a mark of my real faith in you. I need your wisdom and strength to fight the temptations of the devil. I need your insight and the weapons you have to help me fight. I need your protection and your battle plan. Increase my wisdom in spiritual warfare so I am able to defeat the wrong and do the right. Make me a person who does and says the right thing out of love and not fear or ambition. Give me peace that is powerful and persuasive with the lost. Make me your soldier servant.
Pastor Don Patterson
True faith is muddy and marred with the fresh signs of battle with the devil.