Daily Devotional for 21 May 2020 – 1 John 5v18 part 2

1 John 5:18

“…and the evil one doesn’t touch him.”

Yesterday, we looked at the first part of this verse, how Jesus helps us to sin less.

The end of this verse tells us that every believer is protected from the evil one, the devil.  The word translated “touch” means to cling onto, to lay hold of to do harm.  The devil cannot cling onto you, he cannot pull you down to do you harm.  He cannot defeat you!

Job 1 and 2 tells us that the enemy can only operate with God’s permission.  And because God says that He works in all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), then even the attempts of the devil to do us harm are turned by the Lord for our good.

He cannot defeat us and take us away from Jesus – “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).

Even though he is the “accuser” (Revelation 12:10), he cannot condemn us (Romans 8:1).

Even though he is the “tempter” (1 Thessalonians 3:5), the Lord will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Even though he tries to make us afraid of death (Hebrews 2:14-15), he doesn’t even have any final authority to take our lives – only God does (Matthew 10:28).  And even death cannot destroy us anyway – “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

The enemy has lost.  He was defeated by the cross (Colossians 2:15).  He is angry that he is lost and that is why he stirs up trouble.  But he cannot win, he cannot defeat you.  “Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear” (Psalm 27:3).

We are safe in our abundant Saviour – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”  (John 10:10).

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