Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - Mar. 4, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
He Is Greater
He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
—1 John 4:4
The devil can gain a foothold on your life in many ways.
I think one way is through drugs. Sadly, we are seeing a real revival of drug use today.
Another way I think you can open the door to demonic power is through these occult activities that people dabble in today. You may think of them as innocent, but they open the door a little bit.
Now, can demons tempt Christians? Absolutely. Can demons harass us? Without question. Even the great apostle Paul spoke of a demon power that would come and buffet him (see 2 Corinthians 12:7).
But God won’t let you face more than you can handle. He always will put His hedge of protection around you. The Bible clearly promises that when Christ comes in your life, you are free and protected.
Jesus Himself said, “ ‘Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed’ ” (John 8:36).
When Jesus comes into your heart, it is not in a timeshare plan where He occupies the heart part of the time and the devil occupies it part of the time. No, Jesus takes control and He is there to stay. Christ made this clear when he proclaimed, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (John 4:4).
But, if you are not a Christian, if Christ is not living in your heart, you are open game for the devil. Maybe you are not a drug addict or an occultist. But I will tell you this—you are still a sinner. Everybody has sinned and broken God’s commandments (see Romans 3:23).
Reach out to Jesus now. He is greater than the devil. He will forgive you. He will transform you.
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