Good Versus Evil | Light Against Darkness
True believers find themselves bombarded with temptations from our archenemy, Satan, having lost the battle and his place in heaven. No wonder the adversary tempted our Lord Jesus Christ after fasting for 40 days and night, and also promised to give to Jesus Christ the earthly kingdom if only Jesus would bow and worship him.
THE WORD SERMON TESTIMONY
GOOD VERSUS EVIL | LIGHT AGAINST DARKNESS
By: Ruby Punch | Dalhart | Texas.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 KJV
Isaiah highlights the disunion between God’s followers and their opponents during his time; a dilemma that is prevalent until today.
As Christ’s followers, we are daily engaged in a bitter battle to keep faithful to Him despite the opposition from the dark side.
As Jesus Christ did not fall for the temptation of the adversary, is an encouragement and a guide to us all believers, that we will always be tempted, bombarded, be lured and trick into the traps and bondage of darkness through every human means. Jesus Christ experience was a reality fact that the good will always overcome the evil and the light will not succumb to darkness because darkness can not comprehend the light.
Satan lost his position in God’s holy realm, so he strives to deter others from Heaven. He desires to have as many others as possible join his miserable life as an outcast. He is the “father” of lies and concocts deceit to achieve his destructive purposes.
The psalmist David confesses his continuous grappling with lifestyle choices that could lead him to the despair of life separated from God.
Throughout the one hundred seventy-six verses of Psalms 119, David laments to God the difficulties of remaining in God’s law, His way, testimonies, commands, precepts, word, judgments, righteousness, statutes, eternal truths, and His providence.
Psalm 119 points to a myriad of examples for Satanic roadblocks that result from thwarting obedience. Here are a few of them:
(v. 3): iniquity; jeopardizes relationship with God
(v.4-6) questioning God and becoming wicked.
(v7-8) fall for Satan’s deceit
(v 9) defiled or corrupted by lust and false rules
(v 10) wander into sin from God’s precepts
(v 16) danger of forgetting God’s word
(v 18) God’s laws become hidden from “wise.”
(v 19) become stranded in this foreign land
(v 20) become lost, blind and hungry for God
(v 21) error from law-become wicked and proud
(v 22-23) succumb to reproach, contempt, abuse.
Today, Satan bombards our world with much wickedness masquerading as righteousness. Therefore we must examine acceptable culture against our conviction and God’s Word. God’s precepts are indisputable and obedience is non-negotiable.
If a believer is going to overcome this world and the temptation that comes along it, concrete steps has to be taken in other soar above the evil and gross darkness manifesting in every facet of this world.
Studying the road map of David, we see David confesses a passion for God’s Word. Commitment to studying the scriptures allows biblical concepts to settle deep int our hearts. Our hearts mature into our internal compass. The word of God embedded into the heart helps every believer avoid straying away from the righteous pathway. Knowing the scriptures deters inadvertently falling into Satan’s traps. The living Word guides us as we “walk in the law of the Lord.” (v. 1)
Secondly, David established constant communication with God, thus discovering how to avoid evil. Constant communication with God breeds a solid relationship with Him, thereby helping believers navigate the traps and affliction that comes with the darkness of this world. In other words, it keeps believers under the protection of the Lord God Almighty.
Lastly, he thanked God: “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: For I will keep the commandments of my God.” Psalm 119:114-115
The above steps will greatly help in keeping every believers in check and it is our prayers that God will continue to keep all believers in these trying times above every challenges and temptations