Lifeline, 2/21/2018

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Sadly, we were reminded again last week through the tragic school shooting in Florida that evil is still prevalent in our society. Our hearts break for those who have lost sons and daughters, and for those who survived but whose world has changed dramatically. While much of the ensuing discussion has centered on gun rights and mental illness, let us be reminded that at its core, evil is a spiritual condition, and spiritual battles are won and lost in the spiritual realm. I have read several people post that we must do more than pray. I totally agree! However, we must also pray. It is the arena in which God has called us to battle the forces of evil.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor.10:3-5)

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have meaningful discussions, and it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look for solutions. But the truth is, human solutions will never solve the problem of evil. It is a heart condition, and Jesus is the only answer for the hearts of our people and for the heart of our culture. As a society, we have too often raised our fist and shaken it in God’s face and told Him, “We don’t want to live according to Your plan. We don’t want You mentioned in our schools and public places. We don’t want Your Word. We don’t want people to pray to You, except in homes or churches. We don’t want Your solution to our problems (that being Jesus). We want to do things our way!”

Galatians 6:7-8 reminds us of the cost of sowing to the flesh. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

So what are we to do? We are to love all people, just like Jesus did. We are to stand for truth. We are to pray against the power of the enemy. We are to share the gospel, for it is the power of God to change lives and to change hearts. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Living for Him,
Pastor Jeff