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There are ungodly and unrighteous people. What to do?

There are ungodly and unrighteous people. What to do?

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There are ungodly and unrighteous people. They are evil. They have rejected God and His Son Jesus, the anointed King of God’s Kingdom.

They don’t even bother to acknowledge God.

So … God has moved on and quit bothering them. God has let them run loose and run amuck with their own depravity as their playground. It is VERY sad.

All hell has literally broken loose. Rampant evil is the name of the game. It is happening and it is serious. It is not to be ignored. God isn’t ignoring it. The unrighteous are grabbing and grasping for pleasure. They are viciously backstabbing the righteous messengers of God.

What is evil? Why does God oppose it?

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We need to know about evil. We need to know how to recognize it. Jesus challenges us to recognize it in our own lives.

Really? Me? Evil?

Well … one day Jesus addressed the apostle Peter by saying “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

Jesus said of disciples, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

Does Jesus know what is in our hearts? Is He impressed?

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This all came about because Jesus didn’t wash his hands before he ate. Seriously. This was a huge Jewish ritual from the old covenant. Jesus was focused on the new covenant and the Kingdom of God that he was ushering in. Jesus was already moving on.

When he finished that talk, a Pharisee asked him to dinner. He entered his house and sat right down at the table. The Pharisee was shocked and somewhat offended when he saw that Jesus didn’t wash up before the meal. But the Master said to him, “I know you Pharisees burnish the surface of your cups and plates so they sparkle in the sun, but I also know your insides are maggoty with greed and secret evil. Stupid Pharisees! Didn’t the One who made the outside also make the inside? Turn both your pockets and your hearts inside out and give generously to the poor; then your lives will be clean, not just your dishes and your hands. Source: Luke 11:37-41 (The Message)

Jesus knows our hearts. Jesus knows what motivates us. Jesus came to get us right with God, His Father. Jesus does this by speaking the truth to us. One day, Jesus called Peter, Satan. When I follow Jesus, I don’t get a break. I get challenged.

What does it mean to deliver us from evil?

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Evil is real. Evil leads to murder. Jesus is the only solution for evil. Jesus taught us to pray “deliver us from evil.”

Jesus did not ask us to petition the government for better laws. Nothing wrong with that but we need to be on my knees praying for deliverance.

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” ~Jesus

Source: Matthew 15:19 (NASB)

Is gossip just bad or evil?

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Oh no! Here we go. If I could just keep quiet. If I could just control my tongue. I love to gossip like the next person. Beyond gossip, sarcasm is for me a killer. The sharpe rebuke that shuts someone I care about dearly up or provokes them to anger. Yikes!

  • The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble; the conversation of good people keeps them out of it. | Proverbs 12:13 (The Message Bible)
  • Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. (NASB)

How can we be delivered from evil and the evil one?

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Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” ~Jesus 

Source: Matthew 6:13 (ESV)

Jesus taught us to pray. Jesus gave us the template. The prayer is a part of the Jesus Manifesto (Matthew 5-7). This is the core of what I need to say to God. One of the pillars is to ask God to deliver us from evil (or as most translators agree) the evil one.

If we are born of God, can the evil one touch us?

Watch Sonny Ramsay teach on 1 John. Can the evil one touch us?

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the one who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true one. We are in the true one—that is, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.Little children, guard yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:18-21

What is evil? How do we overcome it?

Jesus stands firm against evil. Jesus challenges us to do the same.

As God’s children, we walk according to this command: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

God is love (1 John 4:8). The absence of love in a person is un-God-like and therefore evil.

And an absence of love manifests itself in unloving behavior. The same can be said concerning God’s mercy, justice, patience, etc.

Jesus is clear with us. We must pay attention. Because God is good, we can overcome evil.

How can good come from evil?

Frank Turek talks about the morally sufficient reasons that God has to allow some evils.

If God is good, why doesn’t he stop evil? One answer is that he’d have to stop me and you because we do evil every day.In order to allow the possibility for love, God grants us free will, which gives us the capacity to do evil as well. But can God really bring good from the evils we commit? Here is a short answer to that really long question:



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Am I a student of good?

Seek good and find delight

Seek good and find delight

There are many things we can be students of. Seeking good is God’s goal for us.

God wants us to go after wisdom and good like there is no tomorrow. This is the main thing about the main thing.

How do we spend our time? What kind of TV do we watch? What are we searching for on the internet?

Are we seeking good and God?

Of course, there is a consequence to being a student of evil. It is sad but God warns us that if we seek evil we will become evil.  We will find what we seek.

It is our choice.  Jesus alerts us that there is a way that leads to life. That way is Jesus.

May we seek good. May we find delight. So be it.

“The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 11:27)



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