John 3:8 says plainly, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Oh, how I remember the day when Jesus saved me. I had been under such a heavy load of sin and guilt and shame. My soul was stained very darkly from my own iniquities. I could scarcely hold my head up. Life had no real meaning. Sin had run its course, and misery had become my portion and constant companion.
On the floor in the living room of my parents’ home in North Georgia, no one was home but me. I had, as long as I can remember, believed in Jesus. Even the demons believe, the Bible says, and tremble. Yet they are not saved. Their terrible judgment waits in hell. The Word of God says that hell was created for the Devil and his angels (demons). But for a short time, he and the demons are loose upon the earth, seeing how many human souls they can entice and persuade to follow them there.
Though I had believed IN Jesus, I was still bound by sin for one reason — I had never surrendered TO Jesus. I had never received His cleansing blood for myself. I had loved my sins too much to turn from them. I had heard the Savior’s plea countless times, yet I had not yielded myself to Him. Jesus will force Himself upon no one.
As long as I continued to willfully commit sin, as the scripture above says, I was “of the devil.” I was a prisoner to sin. Satan had dominion over me. And I could do nothing to avail myself of it. No matter how hard I tried to do better, I only continued to increasingly do worse. I had to come to the place where I realized that there was no possibility to save myself. I could hear the Savior pleading with me still, and telling me that my time was almost up. The devil wanted to kill me before I surrendered my life to the Lord. Jesus offered me eternal life. The devil on the other hand desired for me to suffer eternal damnation — with him. Sometimes it began to feel as though the flames of hell were licking at my feet.
There were times when demons attacked me in the night. The battle that raged around me was real and very intense. There is a battle for you as well, my friend. Jesus said that the thief (Satan) comes not but to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) He desires to sift you as wheat. Your adversary the devil walks around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. (See 1 Peter 5:8)
I have had many wonderful experiences in the Lord. I have seen the sick healed, sight restored to blinded eyes, and dying children restored to their parents by the power of God, among many other glorious things. All of them were wonderful experiences, yet each pale in comparison to the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus that came upon my soul at the hour that I truly repented of my sins and received Jesus Christ INTO my life.
The Bible says that “ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” That is why Jesus Christ died. But we must repent of our sins, and call upon the name of the Lord, totally surrendering our will to His will. When we do, He will come and save us. And to those who He saves, He commands, just as He did the woman caught in the act of adultery in John 8, “Go, and sin no more!” Why? Because “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” Choose this day who you will serve. Remember, your decision determines your eternal destiny. It is appointed for every man once to die, and then the judgment.
Fall down on your knees right now and surrender your life to Jesus Christ before it is too late. Allow His cleansing blood to wash you whiter than snow, and His power to set you free.
Isaac Prather is pastor of Miracle Prayer Center and may be contacted at DestinRevival@rocketmail.com.