Tag Archive | portal to evil

Hosea 10:13 ” But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors.”

Godlessness can be very subtle, clever, and hardly noticeable to others.  That’s because deception can be just as sly in twisting a truth ever so slightly…or planting a seed of doubt in an otherwise confident mind.  For anytime we put our trust in ourselves…in our own way, we’re not putting our faith in God.  We may think we’ve got this and don’t need God’s help, but Psalm 33:6 tells us that, “No king is saved by the size of his army, no warrior escapes by his great strength.”  God is very direct in this verse in Hosea…if you purse godlessness, you will be destroyed.  For anytime we put our hope in our own actions rather than God, we can but only reap trouble. (Job 4:8)

Matthew 6:13 ” And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Whenever God is the agent of trials (temptations)…it’s for the purpose of testing, never for the purpose of causing us to fall.  For God can’t be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. (James 1:13)  And with each test, He will not only never tempt you beyond what you can bear, but He will also provide a way out. (I Corinthians 10:13)  But we know our biggest adversary  when it comes to temptation is the devil…the evil one.  In this verse of the Lord’s Prayer, we are asking to be rescued from evil or the evil one.  This statement is echoed in the Prayer of Jabez which says, “..Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me far from evil, that I may not cause pain.” ( I Chronicles 4:10) NKJV    So anytime we ask God to keep us from the evil one…the devil must flee.

Isaiah 5:20 ” Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Even within my lifetime I’ve seen this huge shift of what we consider right and wrong.  And with the advent of mass media, the Internet, Snap-Chat, YouTube, and Hollywood…we see our societal mores slowly morphing into something our Great-grandparents would be appalled at.  But this blurring of ethical principles and practices didn’t happen overnight…for it relied on man’s pride,  rebellion and apathy to flourish.  So now we sit, so desensitized, we don’t even react anymore to what we know is wrong…but if we do, we’ll likely find ourselves being chastised for being intolerant and narrow-minded.    Job 24:13 warns of this Spiritual blindness…of evildoers who rebel against the light, who don’t know its ways or stay in its path.  I ask Heavenly Father, that we would be enlightened by Your Word, and that You would illuminate our minds with Your truth,  that we may be able to discern right and wrong correctly.  Amen.

Genesis 6: 5-6 ” The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain. “

Rebellion…if you’ve ever tried to reason with a toddler why he can’t do something, only to see him do it…you’d think we were born defiant!   Unfortunately, since that moment in the Garden of Eden, humans have been on a path of revolution and resistance against God.  But where has our fierce independence gotten us?  Separated far from God as He looks on with great sorrow at the abject wickedness and corruption of His creation.  Rebellion is the road to hell…the time is now to turn from evil and embrace obedience and submission.

II Corinthians 4:4 ” The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

The darkness of evil is everywhere in this present world…obscuring the understanding of the Gospel to the lost.  As a Believer,  what can I do to make a difference?  The song, “My Father’s Eyes”,  reminded me that His light needs to be shining forth when someone looks at me.  I need to be unashamed of professing my faith in public and able to back it up with sound doctrine when questioned.  I need to be able to share the Good News of Jesus with anyone, at anytime,  in a manner that is easy to understand, non-threating, and loving.  Finally, I need to be able to share my testimony…my story,  in a concise, simple manner…for there is nothing more powerful than a declaration of what the Lord has done in my life.  Are you up to the challenge to make a difference in this fallen world?

I Thessalonians 3:5 ” For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. “

Temptation in and of itself isn’t sin…but if acted upon, gives way to sin.  And temptation acted upon,  gives leave to a gateway or portal of evil into our very being.   Evil now has a foothold…a threshold into our lives that we can’t even imagine.  We’re all tempted on a daily basis, by endless means, all focused to cause us to fall into sin.  But we don’t have to give in…and we don’t have to permit that entryway to be established in our lives.  God is greater than any temptation that will befall you today.  Look to Him for guidance.