“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. ” – 1 John 4:4 (NASB)
If there is anything that is certain it is positively certain that we can do nothing on our own to overcome the onslaught of the devil in our lives. Because we believe by faith and confess Jesus the Son of God as our Savior and Lord, we have a target on us. The devil is a committed enemy and hates us. His only goal is to destroy us and makes us ineffective. Like the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, some end up shipwrecked. The third implication of the double truth that Christ came to destroy our sinning and to forgive our sins is this: Christ will really help us in our fight. He really will help us. He is on our side. He didn’t come to destroy sin because sin is fun. He came to destroy sin because sin is fatal. It is a deceptive work of the devil, and it will destroy us if we don’t fight it. Jesus is alive, Jesus is almighty, Jesus lives in us by faith. And Jesus is for us, not against us. He will help you in your fight with sin in the new year. Trust him.