1 John 5:18: We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

As we have seen in this epistle, you and I have two natures: an old nature and a new nature. That new nature will not sin. It never sins but has a desire for God and for the things of God. That old nature will sin, and it is because of it that a believer does sin.

“But he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.” This is another verse which makes me believe that the child of God can never be demon possessed. I believe that Christians can get to the place where they are oppressed by demons, but if they are actually demon possessed, I would question their salvation—even though they may think that they are born again. Why? Because “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). The Holy Spirit would not be dwelling where a demon was. 1

Loving Him

It was His grace that saved you. It is His grace that keeps you. It is His grace that will present you before His heavenly throne. Therefore, may His abundant grace move your heart towards holy living today. Will you please consider how He wants to use your yielded heart for His kingdom purposes? Time is short. If you do the right things, with the right heart, you will have no regrets on your final day and others will thank God for your faithfulness. To God be the glory!

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Loving Others

Our security is found in His protection, provision, and possession of us. – TWEET IT

Make Me Like You

Lord, thank You for the indwelling presence of Your Holy Spirit.

1. McGee, J. V. (1991). Thru the Bible commentary: The Epistles (1 John) (electronic ed., Vol. 56). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.