Daily Devotional for Thursday July 19, 2012
Is Evil Real
(Micah 7:2; 2 Timothy 3:1,2)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I've asked this question of more than 1 pastor, and several others in the ministry. Usually, I get a blank stare, sometimes some stuttering, but never a real answer. Since God gave Lucifer (Satan) his power, when He cast Lucifer from Heaven why didn't He remove Satan's power? Of course God had a purpose in allowing Lucifer/Satan to retain his power, so what was God's purpose in that?
ANSWER: Satan and the angels are created beings like we are, with freewill like we have. Even though it seems like a long time in our finite minds, human history in light of eternity is like the blink of an eye. It is a blip on the radar screen of eternity. We know that satan is loose for this short season, and than he will be cast into his eternal home in the lake of fire. Why God allows his evil to exist, just like why God allows the incredible evil of so many men and women, is something we will never completely understand. Theologically, we know that one day soon God will bring an end to all of the evil that is in this world when it ceases to exist. In the meantime, our purpose is to do our best to counter the evil that exist with righteousness and help lead as many lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ as we can before that fateful day comes. *SEE TODAY'S DEVOTIONAL!
Is evil real? Most people want to dismiss evil as a fairy tale, but what happened in the United States on 9/11 was an example of evil. The senseless killings we see in the news each day are an example of evil. The tens of thousands of babies aborted each day worldwide is an example of evil. Men and women around the world who plot to kill other people for whatever reason are an example of evil.
EVIL IS NOT A FANTASY. IT IS REAL. IT IS A SAD PART OF THE HUMAN EXISTENCE!!!
First, understand that God is NOT the author of evil. Evil stems from the rebellious hearts of man. Man has to make choices throughout the day, to either obey God, or rebel against Him. Evil is a manifestation of that rebellion. Those who choose to follow God, make choices that build people up, advance the cause of God on this earth, are positive. Those who choose to reject God, make choices that destroy people, oppose the plan of God for this world, are negative. To be blunt, those who follow God are good, those who choose to reject God are evil. This may sound harsh, but evil can ONLY come from those who are in rebellion to and reject God!
Satan is the embodiment of evil. He rejected God and was cast out of Heaven, and his entire purpose is to oppose the work of God. Satan is the poster boy for rebellion against God?.for evil! The simple fact is that any time that you rebel against God in your life, any time that you reject His way, you contribute to the evil that is in this world. Evil ONLY EXISTS because of the rebellious hearts of man. As hard as this may be to accept, the fact is, every time that you reject God, every time that you choose to ignore God, YOU ARE SIDING WITH SATAN AND ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE EVIL THAT IS IN THIS WORLD!
I love you and care about you so much. The motivation for this Devotional today was the way our society has tried to down play the existence of evil in our world. The way our society tries to make every excuse in the book to call evil anything but what it truly is?EVIL! The point I want you to understand today is that every time that you rebel against God, every time that you choose to reject God and not follow His way, YOU are contributing to the evil that is in this world.
I pray today that you keep your heart open to the Lord, and His guiding influence in your life. This is why I emphasize so often how important it is to read the Bible each day, since THAT is how we better understand exactly what God expects from us, how He has asked us to live our lives. That way, we can follow Him in all of our choices, and we don't have to be in rebellion. We don't have to contribute to the evil that already is rampant in our world today.
The good news is this. The Bible tells us that in the end, God will wipe out ALL evil from this world. It will no longer be part of this existence. But until this time, we have a responsibility as His children to not only fight against the evil that exists, but to not contribute to it through the choices that we make each day. God is greater than evil, and one day, very soon, He will wipe evil away!!!
***As we head into the last 12 days of July, we are currently $35,000 short of covering our basic July operations. $10,000 of that is a week past due, and I am praying for 2 people who can make a special one-time gift to insure that amount is taken care of right away. Please pray and than give as the Lord purposes in your heart, even if it is only $10, $50, or whatever you can help me with. Never forget that God will honor your heart as you obey His voice. Will you help me today? Will you please take a minute today, and pray, seek the Lord what He is asking you to sacrifce to help me?
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In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,