1 John 3:7-10 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil! And as He does, He begins a new work. As we've already said previously, Jesus Christ does not just leave a void, but He fills that void with Himself. He begins a new work. And He will continue that work until the devil is completely annihilated. When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth--Gog and Magog--to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:7-10). You've probably heard the bit of wisdom, "When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future." He is a defeated foe!
However, Jesus tells us to focus on who we are in Him rather than the enemy of our souls. the seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20)." Jesus simply takes him out of the equation!!!
Our key passage today says that the one born of God does not continue to sin. He does not continue to give place to the devil in his life. The key word is continue. When Jesus comes into our lives, He effects a change. Now, I know, sometimes we may not see that change as soon as we like, and 2 Peter 3:9 speaks to that, The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. And in this time of grace that leads to repentance, we are told how to live: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18). Jesus is still destroying the work of the devil when we turn to Him. He is a mighty destroyer!!!