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Good vs. Evil

Sun, Nov 10, 2013

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“Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is.  Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

good vs evilAs mere mortals, we don’t see it.  We don’t hear it or taste it.  But often times, I believe we feel it.  This other world – a spirit world that plays out all around us – another world occupying our atmosphere; or rather should I say, influencing it.

We of course have free will – God didn’t create puppets.  Therefore, we are no doubt influenced by the good and evil spirits that intoxicate the air we breathe.  Like a potent elixir we are either healed or destroyed by that which we allow into our spirit.

In the end, love wins; good prevails and wins this war – this we know.  But how many battles are we going to let evil win between now and then?

Evil wins when we are critical, judgmental, hurtful, cruel, angry, resentful, unforgiving, unkind, selfish, and on and on and on.  Evil wins when we allow that which is not love to take control of our mind, our words, and our actions.  Battling evil is no cake walk; we constantly battle forces determined to separate us from God – determined to spew hate, violence, insecurity, and all that is the antithesis of love.

But God – the Spirit of God that lives within us gives us power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).  Power, love, and self-discipline that more than equips us to control our mind, our words, and our actions.  Power, love, and self-discipline that can create near supernatural ability to overcome, to fight, that which is trying to destroy us each and every day.

We have been created to infiltrate this world with the love of God.  We have been created, an army, to fight against all that is evil in this world.  Assume your position.  Put on the Armor of God.  It will protect you, it will equip you, it will empower you, it will save you.

But most importantly, it will save others.  You, your words, your actions are more powerful than you will ever know.  People watch, they listen, they emulate, they follow.  To which side will you lead them?  To which side will you declare their fate?

 

The weapons we fight with…They have divine power to demolish strongholds….We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

 

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4 Responses to “Good vs. Evil”

  1. Kristen says:

    Explain this: great article BTW but you mentioned us having free will. I’ve never quite grasped that because our, church years ago, had a major divide because the new pastor started talking about this. Many of our elders were very distraught. Now, it seems to be mentioned a lot more frequently. What’s up?

  2. Eric Peterson says:

    It is truly an interesting “army” that we are a part of. While we are told to put on spiritual armor, our spritiual “weapons” are prayer, study, and meditation from which we decern truth. Our physical weapon options are seemingly pacifist in nature, though agressively so –

    Luke 27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. [...]
    35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
    37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

  3. Summer says:

    I’m intrigued by all of the interpretations of this post that I have received…comments, questions, etc. And thank you all for them. I didn’t explain to you why I wrote this post; here’s the high level version. After our small group bible study had a lesson on the Power of Words this past week and after a couple of encounters with very judgmental and condescending people, I wanted to bring awareness to how what we say and what we do can be so impactful to the world around us; whether we realize it or not. Our words of love and our words of hate are clear signs of what resides in our heart and our spirit. I am certainly no theologian or anything of the sort. God just gave me these words and I typed them; it was just on my heart. Since many of you have asked me about free will though, I would recommend reading “Mere Christianity” by CS Lewis. It contains one of the best explanations of free will that I have ever read. Thank you all again for reading and for your comments and questions.

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