“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” – 1 John 5:18
In the Old Testament story of Balaam and the Israelites, we see the clear reality that the devil has no power over a pure, righteous, and holy people. God had given the Israelites His words and commandments with the promise that as long as they obeyed them and served Him and Him only, the enemy would not be able to touch them. This proved true as the diviner Balaam was summoned to curse God’s anointed, but he could not. Balaam, knowing that his powers came from divination (the devil) knew that he could not touch those who had no sin, God’s anointed and holy people. So he plotted with the king to set a spiritual stumbling block before the people that they might be tempted to fall into sin knowing that sin separates us from God and brings a curse upon us, but further more it removes God’s protection from us allowing the enemy to reach us in all his fury, where before he could not. Further proving the point of our opening verse that when a person is walking in true holiness, obeying God, and abstaining from sin, the enemy has no dominion over them. He can not touch them less God allows it for the purpose of using or tricking the devil into position for some divinely preplanned checkmate moment that will bring God the greater glory. An example of this would be the Crucifixion of Christ.
Therefore, we can rest assured that as long as we are serving God with our whole hearts, abstaining from sin, and living holy lives that we not bring reproach and shame upon His Holy Name, then the devil can not touch us. For we are under the protection of the mighty hand of God and knowing this, we can rest assured that whatever comes our way is in and of God’s perfect will, and be at peace.
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” – Psalms 23:3-6
I say all of this to make this point abundantly clear. Yes we will go through trials and hardships and it may seem at times that God has given up on us or that the enemy is overcoming us, but as long as we stay true to God through it all and sin not, He will work it out to our good and the greater glory of His Holy Name. Don’t loose faith! Remember that unless you fall to sin, the enemy can not touch you, and if he dare to try, God will fight for you, be victorious, and cause a testimony to come from it that will build the faith of all that see and hear. If He has allowed it, then He will work it for His Glory, so give Him glory in advance and watch Him work it all out in miraculous ways! Don’t be afraid to brag on God! Not only for what He has done, which brings Him a little Glory, but for what He will do when it seems so impossible for Him to do it, for this brings Him the greater glory!
“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8-29
“But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” – 2 Corinthians 10:17-18