Keep yourself from sin
We know that whoever is born of God does not continue in sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. 1 John 5:18
Wow! What a great promise! When you keep yourself from continual sin, the wicked one cannot touch you. That doesn’t mean he will never try. Storms are inevitable and even Jesus said that because you are in this sinful world, you will have troubles (John 16:33). Thank goodness He didn’t stop there. He said we are to be glad about it because He overcame the world and gave us the victory. Just like we read back in verse 4 of this same chapter in 1 John, anyone born of God overcomes this world and we do it with our faith! Glory to God!
Let’s stop and talk a minute about storms. Have you ever been in a storm? I’m talking about a physical rain, snow or some other kind of weather storm. Even though there are various kinds of inclement weather that we may encounter in a lifetime, there is one thing that all storms have in common. . . they all come to an end. Think about it, every storm that ever came on the face of the earth has ended. There is no eternal weather storm going on in this world. Even the great flood that Noah went through had an end to it. It is the same way with our life’s storms. Whatever kind of struggle, turmoil or trouble the evil one brings your way, it will come to an end. According to this scripture, it can always be a good end. It does come back to your faith, however. It is not an automatic thing. Faith is the victory that overcomes this world (1 John 5:4).
Today I want to encourage you if you are going through a storm, it will have an end. Take this time to press into your Heavenly Father by faith and follow Him to the other side. Whatever you are going through, your Father is bigger and will get you through. Believe Him, trust Him and follow the direction He gives until the struggle is over. If you are not in a storm right now, prepare for coming storms by learning to hear and follow the inner voice of God’s Holy Spirit. Then stay close to your Heavenly Father as you walk through each day. Then when trouble does come, you will be close and can call on Him for direction. In this world there will always be trouble, but be of good cheer! He has overcome it all!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 5:18-21