Faced with evil?

Sin is terrible. I have seen it destroy lives. I have seen sin when it was only a small thought and then grow into full death. Sin is a terrible thing. It will follow you around attaching itself to your back…and you won’t even know it.

Temptation is where it begins. A little thought to satisfy a desire. This is what its like:

“Oh, its only a thought. Anyway, who cares if I were to actually do it. Its really only something that I want. My sin won’t hurt anyone else. Anyway, nobody else will know about it. This is MY secret. I should be able to do what I want when I want. I’m not committing a crime. I just have this one need. I just want to take care of this need. I will do it and it will be done, and I won’t have to do it anymore. Okay. Its time. I’m overwhelmed by this temptation. It won’t hurt anybody. Ive been told that its not good for me, but what do they know. It will only be this once. Okay. Let’s do this. I’m doing this. Now its done. I feel horrible. What was I thinking. Oh wait. Nobody knows, so I shouldn’t feel guilty. Where is this guilt coming from? Its all in my head. Who dares to make me feel this way? I have not done wrong to anybody. I’m going to be confident about myself and be purposeful that there is nothing wrong with what I did. Its that person’s voice in my head telling me I’m wrong. Its their fault. I haven’t done anything wrong. I will just go about my business. Nothung bad here.”

“Oh, wait a minute. I have that desire again. I thought it would only be once. Now its happening again. I thought I could stop it.”

“Now, it’s happened too many times. I think I need to stop, but how? This has been going on too long. I want to stop but I don’t know how. Why did I ever start this? I want it to stop.”

“It’s driving me crazy. Other things in my life are going wrong because of it. It won’t stop. Its taking over my life. I’m starting to lose everything. I’m a wreck, and I have a bad attitude toward others cause I am stuck. I am in a bondage that I dont understand. How is this thing controlling me? It won’t stop.”

“I’m depressed, because I can’t talk to anyone about it. I feel shame and guilt. I want it to stop. Why do I keep wanting to do something that makes me feel terrible afterwards. What do I have to do to be free of this?”

Guys, this is sin. It shows up as a temptation and gives birth to death. It reminds me of a python. A python will get you when you dont see it, and then it will wrap itself around you and squeeze until you can’t breathe anymore. Then, once you are dead, it will begin to devour you.

This is sin. It is wicked, and it comes from the evil one called Satan. The only way to get free from the grips of this death is through Jesus. When you have Jesus, you have the power to command Satan to leave you.

If you are having nightmares, for example, you can command that devil to leave you, in Jesus name. It may take a while, but it is the only way to overcome those nightmares. I use to have many nightmares, and these were not childlike; these nightmares were terrifying. I began to command the devil to leave me alone and get out of my house. They would leave me, but then they would come back another night.

I had to stand firm. I continued to do this each and every time that I was awaken from a nightmare, and now…….NOW I AM NIGHTMARE FREE! Jesus gives us the power to overcome. Look to Jesus and give him your life, put all of your sin behind you and live a life worthy of Christ. If you do this, YOU WILL OVERCOME!

How to know Jesus

Make things right with the Lord, and then you will be able to stand against evil in victory.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.

Note: Featured image is a photo of John 20:26-31 (NIV).

Nothing can…

Being a woman can be a difficult thing. Just take a look throughout history, and different cultures, and you will see how women have been treated, mainly to control them. I have known women who have been beaten by their fathers and their husbands. Women have been treated as trophies and yet treated as sex slaves. Women are the very many of individuals who have become a target to be treated as smaller that others. Let me be straight with you though; this is not a rant.

This morning, I’m thinking about why it is that the devil has sought woman to do such things to her, to make her feel like she is incapable and render her speechless through various methods of control. Why is it that Satan sees women as such a threat?

This morning, I am reminded of Roman’s 8:38-39 NIV:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is no truth more powerful than this: that nothing can separate us from the love of God. In the past, I have heard it expressed that we need to control our emotions and be careful of what we feel as if we shouldn’t feel or have emotions. While anything can be used for evil, this is one that, if used in the right direction, it can become a very powerful thing.

What makes women so different is that we are gifted with the ability to feel and express those feelings at a deep level. Not to say that men aren’t able to, but it seems to come more easily for women.

So ladies, let me ask you this: what if you were able to take that gift and use it as a powerful tool. This gift may take some time to learn to use it effectively, but what if your ability to express your deepest feeling and emotion also gave you the ability to cause change in this world.

I truly believe that women hold a special place in Gods heart. Just think about how many women were at the cross. When we love, we can love big. We cannot allow the world around us to control us to the point that we cannot love. This is something that I have struggled with as peoples true colors come out. It is when things are tough that you find out who your true friends are, and it can be difficult to forgive.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 NIV

Anyone that allows themselves to love, and even love big, has the ability to love the Lord in ways that really touches his heart. Why else would Jesus mention it?

While I have a great home surrounded by people who love me, I am faced with a world outside my home that seeks to shut me up telling me that I don’t have a place outside the home. I once thought that this ideology was a thing of the past and that civilization had begun to realize that women have something great to offer, but it seems that the world really hasn’t changed. I could get angry with the world, but I need to remember who it is that controls it – Satan.

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 NIV

He controls the world and anyone who submits to it, but he only has power, or control, over people and things that he is given by either you and me, or by God. Someone has to give Satan control over something, whether knowingly or unknowingly, but remember this: control can be taken back.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Any control over us can be submitted to the Lord Jesus to deal with them, and we also have the power to say no and deal with that entity in the spirit realm through prayer. Through prayer, we have the power to conquer evil; as the Word tells us,

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.

Revelation 12:11 NIV

We also need to remember that we need to be careful not to let the devil take a foothold.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

I could go on as to how we can be successful in our lives through prayer, but I must challenge you to dig deep into the Bible to learn what steps we must take to not only be victorious in life but how to stay victorious.

Through prayer and study of Gods Word, the unimaginable is able to take place. And it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we have access to an all-powerful God. Seek the Lord today and learn what it is to take refuge in Jesus and become victorious.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.