Have We Downplayed Evil?

Do we downplay the reality of evil in this world?

Is there a certain measure of effect that we can choose to ignore because we believe it doesn’t exist or that is merely doesn’t apply to us?

Our culture dictates more of our actions than we think, friends. Culture says that spiritual warfare is there when we sense it’s there. Culture says evil spirits do not possess living creatures. Culture says the battle is against politicians, natural disasters, and physical warfare.

A friend told me a story today about an encounter they had with the devil himself. Some may scoff, others nod their head toward hallucination, but I believed it–every last detail.

If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, I’m here to say it straight to you. This is no philosophical writing excursion.
You are in for it. If you feel like you aren’t, there’s a chance you may not be following with total commitment.
Are you in it for the long haul? 110%?

Jesus said You are either for Him or against Him– hot or cold. He doesn’t really like ’em lukewarm.

If you’re hot–on fire, passionate, ready and willing, obedient, committed– for Jesus, prepare for some trials.

Scripture says that Satan roams the earth to and fro like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Guess who he sees and goes after first? Those of us who are in it for the long haul. 110%.

The Lord does not inflict pain upon His followers, but He has allowed it and continues to allow it until He returns. There is an unchangeable future and predestined ending that the Lord has planned. He knows it. Satan knows it. We should know it. Yet the devil still fights it.

In the encounter that my friend had, he put the devil in his place by reminding him that no matter how much he tries to destroy God’s creation and the work for His Kingdom, the end result is still the same. My friend told me at that point that the devil just roared in anger.

These thoughts–they’re deep, and even scary, because our human minds would rather dwell on earthly things and what’s right before us, rather than the spiritual. But I feel a need to say, especially to my  brothers and sisters in Christ, if we can dwell in God’s presence and acknowledge His spiritual presence with us in worship and prayer, we had better be willing to acknowledge the presence of evil in the spiritual realm as well. This life is not an easy walk through Candyland, it’s a battle. There are turning points, temptations, suffering, trials, opportunities to be hurt and be led astray.

Ephesians 6:11-18. Many of you know it well.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of  prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

In light of all this, we can still be encouraged. Our natural tendency is to fear the world–fear disasters, politics, nuclear warfare, the future of our nation, and so much more. We can struggle and strive in this world to the bitter ends, but to not avail, because it’s only temporary.

Jesus says it straight to His followers and this promise gives me measures of peace when I get confused, overtaken, or just bewildered at life.

He says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have many troubles. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Pray. Be in the Word. Pray for yourself, for others, and for God’s plan. Be faithful to not let your mind slip into thinking that this life is all about what happens on this earth.

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One thought on “Have We Downplayed Evil?

  1. Nancy Cortese

    Another great write-up Emmie.

    : ) Mama > >Say “thank you” to God by the life you live.

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