The word of God is our handbook of how to overcome evil. The devil wants to steal, kill and destroy. As a Christian, you are always at constant war with the devil. The evil one works out schemes and strategies that would work against you. One preacher said, ‘the moment you invited Jesus into your life, you showed up on the enemy’s radar’. The Bible says that, the enemy comes round and round to see whom he may devour. 1 Pet 5:8 says, ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’.
Will good come out of evil?
No. Good never comes out of evil because they are opposite terms. But the Bible says, ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and to those who are called according to His purpose’ (Rom 8: 28). This word refers to the circumstances and situations we face. The Bible encourages us to give thanks in the midst of the adversity. 1 Thes 5:18 says, ‘In everything give thanks…’ Notice the word “in”. It doesn’t say to give thanks ‘for’ everything. But in everything you can give thanks because God is good, all the time. He has not changed at all.
The only good that comes out of the evil situation is from God and not from the evil one. When you have faith in God and say, ‘Lord, I give you thanks in the midst of my situation. You have made me more than a conqueror. I will not be ashamed. I will be the head and not the tail’ you will defeat the enemy. Not only that you will see what the enemy meant for evil, God turning it around for the good.
The Lord shall preserve you:
Psalm 121: 7 says, ‘The Lord shall preserve you from all evil’. Vs. 8 says, ‘ He shall preserve your soul’. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forever more’. God wants to guard, protect and keep you from all harm and danger. Our God is in the preserving business. He wants to safeguard your thoughts, your will and your emotions.
Ps 54:7 says, ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord’.
The Bible does not say that there will not be any weapon formed against you. It assures you that the weapon formed against you will not prosper. Between you and the weapon (of the enemy), there is the Lord God Almighty. God is all around you. God is round about His people. And no evil can cross the power of God and touch us. Hallelujah!
Isaiah 49:25 says, ‘ I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children’. Are you concerned about your children? God goes for battle every time the enemy shows up. God looks at your enemy as His own. An attack against you is an attack against the Lord God Almighty. So, take heart! The Lord shall preserve you!
Saints of God needed deliverance:
The great saints of God in the Bible were not robots that did not have any adversity. They faced difficulties, persecution and afflictions. In all this, God did not send the persecution and adversity. God cannot give anything evil. Listen, you need to understand this clearly. The Bible says that God does not tempt any one with evil (James 1: 13). If He does, then why would He ever deliver His children of that which he has given?
David prayed for deliverance. Ps 70:1 says, ‘Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord! Ps 71:2 says, ‘Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape.
Paul asked the believers to pray for him that he be delivered from the evil people. Yes, we cannot deny the fact that evil is there in this world. Paul say, ‘Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured; but out of them all, the Lord delivered me (2 Timothy 3:11). Paul knew what God would do for him. Even though he saw afflictions and persecutions, he was very confident that God would come through, for him. He knew God as the one who deliveres. He says in 2 Tim 4:18, ‘And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom’.
The Lord will deliver you from all evil:
Jesus taught the disciples to pray in Matt: 6:13, ‘Deliver us from the evil one’. Jesus prayed for His disciples in John 17:15, ‘…that You should keep them from the evil one’. 2 Thes 3:3, ‘But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one’. What is your prayer? Do you pray that God will deliver you from evil? What most people do when they face adversity is, they start blaming this and that. They blame the people around. They say, ‘Oh I do not have what it takes’. I am in the wrong place; I married the wrong person and so on and so forth. God does not want us to be complaining and nagging. He wants you to be strong and full of courage.
God told Joshua in Joshua 1:5 says, ‘No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you’. You can be rest assured that the God who was with Joshua is with you. You need not be afraid. God has not changed. He is just as committed to you as He was to Moses and Joshua. What He promised to the saints in the Bible holds good for you today. Cheer up! God is on your side. If God be for you who can be against you?
May the Lord deliver us from the evil one in Jesus’ name. Amen.