One Thing You Should Do In the Midst of Evil

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Have I truly overcome the evil one? Why do I find myself suffering? Why am I continually falling in the face of temptation? These are just a few of the many questions I find myself asking in my daily walk with Christ.  In reality, I am constantly worried about what will become of my life. I worry that my life does not display victory in a world that is in the midst of evil.

THE FATHER OF LIES

John 8:44 tells us that Satan is the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning. All source of evil: suffering, persecution, doubt, sin, and so on come from the father of lies. This enemy wants to attack the faith of a believer. Satan is in the business of accusing and tempting. He wants to accuse you of sin you’ve previously committed. He wants you to sit alone in your shame. Satan must continue to bring you face to face with temptation hoping that you to fall back into sin and remain in a place of shame. Why does he do this? The answer is because you are valuable and you are a threat to his evil schemes. If he can keep you in a place a shame then you are ineffective!

OVERCOMING THE EVIL ONE

Well there is good news, we do have victory over his evil schemes. We have a defense from his attacks. So… what is that? Your defense is prayer!

A man once told me that the Christian that constantly prays is the Christian that the enemy fears the most. How do I pray in the midst of evil? It is essential that you pray with the word of God. Remember in Matthew 4:1-11 when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan? Jesus rebuked Satan with the word of God. There was not a single response that Satan had an answer to His rebuke. However, he tried to attack Jesus with another temptation. Jesus responded with the word each time, and left victorious over Satan.

“I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” – 1 John 2:14

John is emphasizing the fact these young believers are strong simply because the word of God abides in them. The Word has to be what our prayers are rooted in. As we’ve seen, Satan is the father of lies, and he tempts the believer by implanting the thought that present sin is more rewarding then the goodness of God that is to come. The way to defend ourselves from the lies of the enemy is to be guarded with the truth, effectual prayer, and obedience.

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32

 When we are abiding in the word of God, we echo the truths of Scripture in our prayers, and the evil one will be overcome.

WHEN HEARTS ALIGN

Finally, even when we live a life that abides in the word of God and become people who echo this very word in prayer, we still find ourselves in the midst of evil. We stand victorious in Christ, but suffering and persecution can be very present in many forms. As Jesus prepared for crucifixion, He found himself in the garden of Gethsemane bare before His Father. In the midst of suffering, He aligned His heart with God’s through prayer, and willingly walked according the will of God. Christ gave up His own life in obedience, even unto death.  Likewise, it is when we come bare before God in prayer and align our hearts with His that we will find joy in the midst of evil.

 

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 Vincent, aka “Vinny”, was an intern with Transform and Precept in 2013. Vinny is passionate about the Lord and desires that all would come to know Him. He is talented in the art of spoken word. He is currently attending seminary at Southeastern Theological in Wake Forest, NC. 

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