Please take your time in reading and studying them!
1.God can make good out of evil– Genesis 50:20 Joseph says to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Only God can do this. The entire story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 puts forth this theme!
2.God exposes evil in men’s hearts and hates it– Micah 3:1 Listen you leaders of Israel- you are supposed to know right from wrong, yet you are the very ones who hate good and love evil; you skin my people and strip them to the bone. Malachi 1:6b-10 The Israelites offered polluted sacrifices to the Lord on their altars. Lame animals and sick and blind animals were used, and God wanted the best animals, – those unblemished! (See Leviticus 1:3) This was evil in the sight of the Lord. Our lives should be living sacrifices to the Lord- Romans 12:1. If we give only God our “leftover time, energy, and money,” we repeat the same sin as these worshiper who didn’t want to bring anything valuable to God.
God is looking for pure hearts. Is yours?
3.There are evil spirits that harm men– Mark 1:21-28 Jesus commands an evil spirit out of a man at the synagogue. It comes out of the man and shakes him violently, and came out with a shriek.
Don’t think that the evil Satan does not work in the minds of men and women to mess with their brain hormonal chemistry!
4.God protects us from evil– Romans 8:38-39 God’s love will protect us from all evil powers in the world. 2 Timothy 4:18 Near his death, Paul said, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.”
You would be squashed like an ant if it wasn’t for the Lord holding you!
5.Try to avoid evil– 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Avoid every kind of evil. Jude 17-25 We are to resist evil by the following: 1) remember the warnings 2) build yourself up in the faith. 4/10 Americans own a Bible but only 17% of these read the Bible daily 3) Pray in the Spirit 4) Keep yourself in God’s love 5) Look to eternity 6) Help those who struggle 7)Trust God- truth wins! We are to shine like stars in a crooked and perverse generation. Philippians 2:15
Don’t be stupid. Avoid Avoid Avoid!
6.Evil will get worse in end times– 2 Timothy 3:13 Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse in the last days, deceiving and being deceived. See 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11
We are in the End Times, no doubt about that.
7.God judges evildoers– Matthew 13:24-29,36-43 In the parable of the Weeds, Jesus explains that at the end of the age, there will be judgment on the evildoers and those that cause sin (the weeds) and that they will be cast into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Review my blogs on the different judgments!
8.Our true battle is against evil forces commanded by Satan– Ephesians 6:12 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.
Be smart. Study and digest Ephesians 6. It’ll save you from Satan shenanigans.
In my next blog, we will delve into the subject of Satan and who he is and how he acts.
Go here to see the story of Joseph in “Encountering Grace in Genesis”.