God never gives up on us

Published 11:00 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: I don’t mind saying that at times I live like the devil. Other times, I do good things – things I learned to do growing up in church. I remember hearing that God never gives up on us, so whatever I do is covered by His love and forgiveness. Though I sow some wild oats, the Lord doesn’t hold me accountable, right? – W.O.

Dear W.O.: The devil is a liar and he tells people to ignore their sin. We are to renounce the evil influence of the world, the flesh, and the devil. There can be no parleying, bargaining, or compromise. From compromise to deceit is a small step.
The Bible says, “Do not let anyone lead you astray. … 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. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God” (1 John 3:7–9, NIV).
God has a plan and the devil has a plan. We all have to decide which plan we are going to fit into. The same Book that tells us over and over again of God’s love warns us constantly of the devil who would come between us and God, the devil who is ever wanting to ensnare our souls.
When we are filled with the Spirit of God, when we quote the very Word of God, obey Him and do His will, Satan will be defeated. Quoting God’s holy Word is something the devil can’t stand! Those who don’t take a stand for Christ will be on the wrong side. And someday when it’s too late, they’ll find themselves in the devil’s trap. In yourself, you cannot lick the devil.
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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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