We have a choice: be overcome with evil, or overcome evil with good. While this seems like a no brainer, this is much more complicated than we think. The one who does nothing allows evil to win, for example. If I do not actively choose good and be intentional in my life towards good, I am swayed by whatever’s comes. I’m defined by my circumstances. I’m molded and shaped into something I never even wanted to be. Evil creeps in and takes over.
This life is a constant battle. Each and every day I maneuver my being towards God or away from God. There is no middle ground. If I am tricked into thinking I can remain on the fence, or that I can enjoy certain sins and still be on Gods team, evil wins. Carnality might be the greatest weapon evil utilizes in my culture.
I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, “The party in Hell has been canceled due to fire.” So many think serving God is too hard; they tell me they could never do it. They give up and joke about belonging to the wrong side and partying in Hell. I could never do it either without God’s help.
My kids try to convince me at times that certain things “aren’t that bad.” Well, “isn’t that bad” can very easily become the slippery slope that allows evil to overcome us. We become so desensitized so quickly. We rationalize our sins are ok. A true warrior doesn’t allow the enemy to advance in any area!
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke.
It’s not New Years yet. We don’t have to wait for it to make the necessary changes to intentionally steer our lives and the lives of others towards good. Take the hand of God. He is your strength; and advance forward! Today is a new day. Throw off the past and let’s run this race! Be amazed at what the power of God can do in your life if you just let go and trust.