We live in a world full of extremely accessible information that has become limitless thanks in large part to the internet, radio and cable television. Having information literally at our finger tips filling our eyes and ears 24/7 has caused many of us to become spoiled, a little lax, and overly complacent. However, when you consider the information being pushed out today, and in some instances shoved down our throats by our various media outlets and communication channels, I am certain most people would agree our world is very accustomed to a strict diet consisting of sex and violence with a steady appetizer stream of evil, hate, and yes, more sex, and more violence. Sadly the message of the day although careful crafted to produce an illusion of positivity is usually a negative one. Whether it comes from your local news outlets, our movies, check stand magazines, social media, or even the close circle of family and friends in which you selectively choose to coexist. If one is not careful, you could become complacent, settling for the status quo of the world while falling under the misconception that either nothing’s wrong or even worse that you’re helpless against evil.
The world operates based on fear, but the word of God is our “Good News” and part of that good news for you and I are the many promises of God just as it was with Israel in Deuteronomy 31:6 when God through Moses spoke to Israel “… Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” When we accept Him and His promises, we will never again be alone. Regardless of the troubles or obstacles we may encounter, when God Himself is on our side, we are already victorious.
The world attempts to depict Christians as weak, fanatical, irrational and feeble minded. Unfortunately some Christians accept that world view out of shame, uncertainty or fear. But when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and welcome Him into your life, your own strength is no longer an issue. The Holy Spirit is dispatched to take up residence inside of you, always guiding and advising you, never leaving you alone. The Psalmist says in Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.”
Evil presents itself in many forms, but when we believe and meditate on the promises of God, none of it takes root in us. Not only is it rendered powerless when it attacks us, but He gives us the necessary spiritual weapons to go on the offense against it. Romans 12:21 reminds us “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Jesus once sent out a group of seventy people giving them the same power and authority that He had, and the results were nothing short of amazing. “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” Luke 10:17-19.
The constant message and philosophy of the world is that being good or the nature of good alone is not strong enough to succeed. God’s answer to that belief is found in the resurrection of Jesus. The next time you find yourself worrying about evil reaching out its often overwhelming persuasive hand to claim you, rest assured knowing God Himself has pledged to keep you safe, no matter what happens around you. He says in Isaiah 54:17 “’No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,’” says the Lord”. Meditating on this promise allowing it to sink down into your heart gives you a peace that goes beyond understanding a peace that will never be found in the world, a peace the world simple doesn’t have.