Orlando has had a rough week to put it lightly.
My heart aches for the loss and pain. My prayers are for God to show up and love those left behind. God’s word says in Psalm 34: 18-19
This works because it has in my own life.
The loss of so many souls to a 2 year old child dragged away into a lagoon, one has to wonder when it all will go away.
Psalm 34 revealed the crushed heart of David. His cries to God were of one who had been pierced by such grief he felt he couldn’t bare life anymore. Unfortunately, many are in that same place. Part of David’s depression was from his own sin. The guilt had overtaken his spirit. The failures had become overwhelming. The desire to make it right again with God, had become his future. He knew though, he couldn’t do it alone.
America needs to be in that future that David fought for.
I have read where demonic forces tend to migrate to certain areas where evil waits openly and without much resistance. Mark 5 speaks of the demonic man who lived among the tombs, chained and subdued only to break them with his bare hands. “Legion” was the demons name and fell down before Jesus as he approached.
You heard that correctly. The demon spoke to Jesus.
“Legion” was afraid of Him. He knew his fate at the hands of the Savior. Jesus cast “Legion” out of the man and told him to go and tell the people what God had done for him.
The scene is explicably evil. A graveyard. Tombs. Chains. Screaming. He even cut himself with stones. What was missing? Jesus Christ.
The townspeople stayed away. They feared the evil would grab them and do a repeat performance.
Evil breeds evil just as it did with this man. Who knows how he had gotten to this point. Who knows how this demon entered his soul and lived there? Who knows how long he had been demonically possessed.
The slippery slope of deception is one that contains evil where the demonic forces can live without being bothered by Jesus. If they feared Jesus so much they begged him to send them into a bunch of swine instead of into the abyss, then what does that say about today?
But, we are expected to avoid evil at all costs.
The townspeople avoided going to the graveyard.
The townspeople didn’t want to live like this demon possessed man.
The townspeople knew the end result was death.
We should heed this story.
Don’t go where evil lurks. That is not to say that bad things don’t happen to good people but don’t open the door for the devil to simply walk in and take over.
God expects us to be wise and use common sense in what we do, where we go and what and who we involve ourselves with.
If God tells his people to go into evil then He protects because He has a plan. “Doing it our way” is rebellion and God is limited in guarding us.
For those of us who know Christ as personal Savior and Lord, we are to be Jesus to those who don’t know Him.
We are to walk in love yet speak the truth.
We are to exhibit His character along with standing firm in and on His word.
We are to extend mercy and grace, since He certainly extends it to us but with the sense to live knowing the difference between right and wrong.
We are to walk in humility as a light to shed on the darkness surrounding so many.
We are to be compassionate, caring and concerned for those in need and are hurting offering to pray for them for an intervention from God.
The one thing I have never found in the Bible, is that Jesus was not a doormat.
John 14:27 (Amplified)
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]