It's God's will to deliver us from this present evil world.

Galatians 1:3,4 NLT ... May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you Grace and Peace.  Jesus gave His life for our sins just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.

God will certainly deliver us, keep us, and draw us to Himself from every assault of evil and this is to His Glory.

2 Timothy 4:18 NLT ... The Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into His Heavenly Kingdom.  All Glory to God forever and ever.  Amen.

We must keep ourselves free from the devil's attacks by being watchful, on our guard, vigilant, and cautious at all times.  Our enemy, the devil, is always lurking about, waiting for us to show some weakness.

1 Peter 5:8 NLT ... Stay alert!   Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.  He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Sometimes our own desires or lusts bring us into evil.  The devil uses our own selfish desires to lure us into evil.  Then when something bad happens, we turn to God and blame Him.  James 1:17 tells us that God gives only good and perfect gifts. 

James 1:17 NKJV ... Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

In John 17, Jesus is praying that as long as His disciples are in the world, they be kept and protected from the devil.  Not just them, but He includes everyone who will ever make Him their Savior and Lord.  This is you and me.

John 17:15,20 NKJV ... I do not pray that You (Father) should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  I do not pray for these alone, but also all who will believe on Me through their word. 

Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler



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