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The Devil Does Not Give Up The Battle

When a sinner comes to Christ for salvation, the devil knows he has lost the soul of that person, but he does not give up the battle. The minute someone is saved, all hell declares war on them. Remember, Satan is “the accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10), and to the new Christian he says: “Now look what you did–and you claim to be saved! Would a Christian lose his temper? Would a Christian become discouraged or frustrated by circumstances? Would a Christian pray with so little faith? If you were really saved would God not have given you what you asked for?” And in a thousand ways the devil tries to prevail upon the babe in Christ to throw up his hands and say, “What’s the use! I simply cannot live the Christian life.”
But the Lord invites, “Come now, and let us reason together…”(Isa. 1:18). Since Jesus loved you enough to die for you, is it not reasonable to believe that He is far more interested in your making a success in the Christian life than you are? He has a lot more invested in you than you do in Him. He purchased your soul at the tremendous price of His blood. You are His purchased possession, and “having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1).
Jesus is a loving, understanding, compassionate, forgiving Savior. He has promised, “‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?'” (Heb. 13:5-6).
Jesus made provision for all the blunders and shortcomings of His children–“If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 1:1). He does not want us to sin, but if we do sin He does not turn His back on us and disown us. He wants us to come to Him, confess our sins–and He is faithful to forgive and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NASB)

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