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Sunday, December 27 You have conquered the wicked one.​—1 John 2:14.


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Sunday, December 27

You have conquered the wicked one.—1 John 2:14.


Satan cannot force people to act against their own will. (Jas. 1:14) Out of ignorance, many work in harmony with Satan’s purpose. But after they learn the truth, each one makes a choice as to whom he or she will serve. (Acts 3:17;17:30) If we are resolved to do God’s will, there is nothing Satan can do to break our integrity. (Job 2:3; 27:5) Satan and the demons have other limitations. For example, nowhere do the Scriptures indicate that they can read the mind or heart of an individual. Only Jehovah and Jesus are spoken of as having that ability. (1 Sam. 16:7; Mark 2:8) If we do our best to speak and act in harmony with God’s will, we can be confident that Jehovah will not allow the Devil to do us any lasting harm. (Ps. 34:7) We need to know our enemy, but we do not need to be terrified by him. With Jehovah’s backing, even imperfect humans can conquer Satan. If we oppose him, he will flee from us.—Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:9. w18.05 26 ¶15-17

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It's a relief to know that Satan can't read our hearts and minds, and that he has no control over our free will. Reading accounts like Job, David, Joseph, and seeing how they faced the enticements from Satan. What success they had, or failings they suffered is a beautiful reminder not to let our guard down when it comes to Satan, but more importantly that our fear should be in Jehovah because only he can rescue us from Satan. 

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