Sabotaging the Enemy’s Plan
1 John 3:1-11
Verse 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.
Question 1 – What is your only comfort in life and in death? Answer –…He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
Yesterday we tackled the second part of the answer as we talked about His faithfulness. Today we see Jesus’ attack on and breaking of the plan of the enemy.
This tyranny of the devil had started way back in the Garden of Eden. The serpent convinced Eve that if God really loved them, He wouldn’t withhold any good thing from them. This is the same lie he continues to spread in hopes of leading people to doubt God’s goodness. He tries to convince us that if we want true comfort we just need a drink or maybe a package of cookies. Or maybe we need to find comfort and satisfaction in money or relationships.
To listen to the enemy and follow his lead of thought is to say that we don’t trust God above all. In fact it shows that we trust the devil and therefore hold him in higher esteem than we do God. And if disobeying wasn’t a sin in and of itself, this holding the devil in such high regards is a sin. We trust the one we believe. To believe in the devil more than God is pure rebellion against God.
God had the solution all set for this rebellion of His people. He promised that there would be One coming that would pay the price for our sins. He would live the perfect life. Christ didn’t fall into the enemy’s trap of lies any of the times that the father of lies brought his package of temptation. Jesus, as the truth, couldn’t be led to believe anything other than the truth of God.
Jesus knew the plan. He was obedient, even to death, so that He could be the One that paid the price for the people chosen as God’s own. He purchased us when we were still slaves to our sins. But He didn’t purchase us to leave us there.
Making It Personal
What has the enemy caused you to doubt God about? Had you ever thought about the fact that doubting can be a sin of rebellion? What steps can you take to trust God no matter what?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to doubt? Who tells the truth, Jesus or the devil? Who is it best to trust?
Father, thank You for being solid Truth so that we know we can trust You. We repent of the times we have doubted You. In Jesus’ name, amen.