1 John 5 v 3
Loving God means keeping his commandments, and really that isn’t difficult. For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. And the ones who win this battle against this world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the son of God.
I have heard some people say that the commandments were written in the Old Testament. The New Testament only applies to us today, so they ignore the commandments and do not make an effort to obey them. This passage is in the New Testament!
John goes on to emphasise the god of this world is the evil one, Satan. If one loves the world he doesn’t love God. Many people do not believe there is an evil one and blame God on all the bad things that happen. I know there is a devil but the good news is Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
Sickness is of the devil. I had cancer. Jesus healed me and destroyed the work of the devil, cancer in my body. I know Jesus is true and he helps us in our lives on the earth. He is alive.
Jesus not only is interested what happens in the nations, he is interested in the individual. He will keep you safe wherever you travel, as you trust him.
He also wants us to know that he gives us eternal life. There is life after death. Jesus made a way for us to go to heaven. There is hell. It was prepared for the devil and his angels. It wasn’t prepared for mankind. The devil deceives people. He wants to take people to hell with him. Believe in Jesus and you will have life on this earth and life after this life in heaven. God doesn’t want us to die, Jesus died in our place. He wants us to live. Live for God on the earth. Bring God’s kingdom on the earth.
The world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. 1 John 5 v 19.
If we believe in Christ one need not be afraid of the devil.
For God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them. 1 John 5 v 18
I am very encouraged this morning after reading these words. I also read this passage,
I will personally free them from their enemies without any help from weapons or armies. Hosea 1 v 7
I believe these words will encourage you today even though we hear of bad news from afar. I quote the scriptures in my writing. If one takes these words and believes them in his heart God will act and bring about what the words say. The power of heaven is in the words from the scripture as you believe. For example God will set you free from your enemies as you trust him. Amen.