Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 25, 2017
But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet … The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Revelation 19:20
The sun never sets on evil, and alarmingly, there are people as intent on evil actions as there are those committed to good. Like roaches under the cloak of darkness, hideous human hearts are secretly hatching evil schemes. The worst kind of evil is disguised in the robe of religion. They blame their terrorist tirades on a god of their making. They worship an idol of violence at the altar of racism, anger, unforgiveness, and hatred. These religious fanatics are deceived and delusional.
Satan is smiling at these acts of atrocity aimed at innocent people. What better strategy for hell than for people to murder in the name of religion? This plan sends people to hell for eternity and causes others to experience hell on earth. It is a hellish nightmare that is plaguing more and more of the modern world. It is the antithesis of true religion. Unfortunately, engineers of evil are engaged every day in the execution of evil acts. However, there is an unseen battle raging that is even more decisive. It is the battle for the souls of men and women.
“The LORD said to me, ‘Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city’” (Ezekiel 11:2).
A person who comes to Christ in confession and repentance does not condemn others who hold different beliefs. An individual “in Christ” has new weapons in their arsenal of faith. Hate has been replaced by love. Violence has been replaced by peace. Death has been replaced by life. Retaliation has been replaced by forgiveness. Prayer is the primary weapon in spiritual warfare. Our friends in the faith who suffer under the tyranny of terrorism need our unprecedented prayer support.
Until evil is totally transformed by the grace of God, we have a giant opportunity to invest in eternity. We have the remedy for radical religious jihads driven by evil intent: faith in Christ. Humbly and persistently we can present Jesus in our behavior and in our beliefs. He is the answer for atrocities hatched in hell. Heaven trumps hell when trust in Christ is preeminent. Pray every day for trust in Christ to triumph over tactics of terrorism. Pray for His Kingdom to come.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy… having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 5).
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me Your grace to fight evil with Your weapons of faith in Christ. In these last days help me not fear evil but trust You to have the final say on Your Judgment day.
ApplicationWho are victims of evil acts that need my bold prayers and generous support?
Related ReadingJeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 13:9; Mark 13:22; 2 Peter 2:1
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