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Women in Discipleship (sm)
Weekly Devotionals 2006
Week 26
"The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in Him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."     1 John 3: 8-9
"By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God; nor the one who does not love his brother."
1 John 3: 10
Remember last week when I stated that John continues to reinforce the contrast between the redeemed and the unredeemed. He again adds to the message loud and clear. As we see here "sin practiced habitually" is an indicator of ones spiritual condition. The devil is a liar and he wants to tell the sinner that it's o.k. and acceptable to live in the sin. (John 8:44) John continues to confirm to his flock that their salvation was complete when they were "born of God." The "abiding" is permanent! 
Habitual sin however cannot rule in a redeemed child of God. The Holy Spirit will convict, guide, guard, comfort and direct the life of a believer always. The Christian's position in Christ is permanent, sealed and complete. (Romans 8: 33-39)    In the ongoing process of sanctification (walking daily in Christian practice and life) we are to desire Christ's righteousness. We sometime choose the worldly way and sin enters. Conviction comes by the Holy Spirit and repentance is forthcoming leading to restoration by the mercy of God. The difference is clear. If habitual sin rules beware!
We should always be on the alert for the devil's attack. Remember Cain when God spoke to him to beware of the sin…We need to be vigilant to flee sin and run into the arms of our Lord. It takes practice, character and obedience! Oh by the way did you see the "brother love" theme stated again? It's important!
Where might Satan be trying to distract your course today?
How can you flee the temptation?
May we each live a life in keeping with Christian character, practice and obedience.
Blessings to each of you,
Sandra Davis for all of us at WinD


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