2023-02-28 “The Devil Hates Everything Dear to God”(1 John 3:8-9)

The Devil Hates Everything Dear to God 魔鬼恨惡每樣對神珍貴的事物“(1 John 約翰一書 3:8-9)

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.


Any tendency either to ignore the devil altogether or to make too much of him is wrong! This enemy is not a creation of religious fancy, not a mere personification of evil for convenience, but a being as real as mankind themselves. He is said to be a liar, a deceiver and a murderer who achieves his ends by guile and trickery. He is not omnipresent (which is God’s attribute alone) but is ubiquitous for his purpose. Satan hates God for His own sake, and everything that is dear to God he hates for the very reason that God loves it. Because man was made in God’s image the hatred with which Satan regards him is particularly malevolent, and since the Christian is doubly dear to God he is hated by the powers of darkness with an aggravated fury. In view of this, it cannot be less than folly for us Christians to disregard the reality and presence of such an enemy.


Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding us the threat of ignoring the devil’s reality and presence, your grief over our ignorance in letting Satan to destroy us and our unnecessary fear of what Satan could do against us without trusting Christ able to destroy all the works of the devil. Help us to have a true faith in Christ’s precious redemptive blood so that we have our assurance of being saved and born again and would hate sin as we grow in Him breaking away from our habitual sin. Amen.

禱告: 天父啊,感謝你提醒我們,漠視魔鬼的真實和存在那威脋、你對我們容讓撒旦毀滅我們的無知那憂傷,並我們沒有信靠基督能毀滅魔鬼的作為,而對撒旦可以作甚麽來加害我們那不必要的恐懼。求你幫助我們,在基督贖罪的寶血上有真確的信心,好使我們有得救重生的確據,並當我們在基督裡成長,脫離自己習慣性的罪時會恨惡罪。阿們。

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