The Romans Reflection: Overcoming Evil

5th January

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

Romans 12:21

As we reach the climax and end of this wonderful chapter, we are reminded that evil can be overcome; we can conquer evil. Notice the writer does not say, ‘don’t let evil conquer you, by building a great castle or guard around your life’. He instead adds a big BUT and says that we can ‘conquer evil by doing good’. Of course it is good to put safeguards in your life, and daily wear the armour of God and protection from the enemy’s scheming ways. But it is in the everyday battles that we can be victorious in by doing good and what is right, in the power of the Holy Spirit, thereby conquering evil.

In the film the Hobbit, Gandalf a wise wizard said the following words, “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” Although not completely the same, it slightly parallels what the writer of Romans is getting at. We can defeat evil by doing good, everyday deeds of kindness, love and good.

As we start a new year, may we ask the Holy Spirit to show us how we can win victories in our life by overcoming evil with good rather than letting evil overcome us. We are equipped with the victory power of Christ. Great battles are won by lots of small victories.

Knowing What To Rejoice In

16th & 17th July

Weekend Edition

 

When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to Him,”Lord even the demons obey us when we use Your Name!”….“But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in Heaven.”

Luke 10:17, 20

Jesus sent out seventy-two of His disciples on a mission trip with the aim to heal the sick, spread the message of the kingdom of God and to make more workers for His kingdom. He anointed His disciples with power and encouraged them to bring peace wherever they went, if they were accepted.

When they came back they were over joyed at experiencing victory in the spiritual realms and realising how powerful the Name of Jesus was in casting out demons. Yet Jesus reminded them that true joy was found not in spiritual victories but in knowing their position in Heaven.

Today we can know the fullness of what Jesus did for us on the cross and the victory that was won. There is no greater victory than that won at the cross. It is because of that victory that we should rejoice. We should rejoice that we are called Children of God, that we can abide in His love and that whatever comes against us, we can remain secure and unshaken because our names are written in the Book of Life. It is the knowledge of how much we are loved and valued by Jesus that helps us to rejoice in-spite of our circumstances and in the midst of storms. Gaining victories through Jesus’ Name is great, yet the greatest miracle was when your name was written in the Book of Life because and through the Blood of the Lamb.

A Stake In The Ground: Rejecting The Lies

2nd January

he was a murderer from the beginning. he has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44b

Who has God made you to be? Is your identity as a failure, or loner? Do you believe that you will never achieve anything or that you are too much of a sinner to be used by God? If so, you are believing lies. This is not what God intended for your life. You are child of Almighty God. He has a plan and purpose for your life. You are His best creation. When He made you, He saw you and said ‘it was very good!’ In fact, so great is His love for you, that He sent His only Son to close the gap between God and man with His life, so that He can have a relationship with you again.

In order to reject the lies, first we must know the truth. It is the truth that sets us free from the lies that the enemy continually tries to deceive us with: The truth about who God is, the truth about who we are and the truth about what God’s plan for our life is. Inside the enemy there is not truth at all. That gives a clear indication that everything he is whispering in our ears is contrary to what God is saying and has said and is a complete lie, which therefore giving us the right to reject it, put a stake in the ground, and say, from this moment on, I choose to believe the truth and reject the lies.

Know who you are in Jesus. Know the truth about who God says you are. Reject the enemy’s lies and live life in the fullness of all God has for you!

Be Strong In The Lord

26th June

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Ephesian 6:10

Too often in our lives, we think that we can defeat the enemy by our own strength physical strength. The reality is that that is just not true. There is nothing we have on our own that is able to withstand the enemies divisive and shrewd tactics. Moreover, we often try to fight the enemy with our own self control or our own desires to not want to do evil, yet we are not in a physical battle. If we do then we will fail every time. Practical safe guarding and good intentions are wise but in and of itself they are not enough.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that we do not fight against physical forces but against “mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” If so then we need to guard ourselves with the right tools to withstand the enemy: His Name is Jesus Christ. It is only in the power of the resurrected King, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings, the sinless lamb that was slain for the sins of the world that we find victory. Those who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Our commission is not be strong in ourselves but in the Lord and in His mighty power. It is only we when realise that true victory in found in Jesus and not in ourselves, that we can, in His power resist the enemy and stand firm in His goodness.

We must also equip ourselves with the armour of God so that we can resist “the enemy in the time of evil.” Notice the verse does not say, put on your own armour, but the armour of God. Let us put on the whole armour of God, stay in the presence of God and abide in the resurrection power of the Lamb of God. It is so great that we are not on our own fighting against the enemy but can rest in victory, in the presence of the Almighty, under the shadow of His wings.