Be Not Dismayed

be not dismayed

I know, we are to keep our eyes on the Lord, trust in Him, believe in Him, depend on Him and I do. But sometimes, the sheer magnitude of evil within this world, which is literally everywhere that I look, both within and without, is enough to just make us drop to our knees and ask God to make all things right.

There is abuse in every variety that one can imagine and beyond, hatred that defies logic, greed that knows no boundaries and magnification of self that will stop at absolutely nothing to achieve recognition of supremacy. Goodness is turned upside down, holy is made unholy, right is made wrong and wrong is made right and there is nothing that is beyond the grasp of the intent of the deceptor that spreads across our lands.

Jesus told us, in Matthew 22:36-40 NASB “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

This is the pointer to all that is good, God our Father, who Jesus came to show us and tell us about and to fulfill that which God had promised to do, redeem us back to Himself, so that we could once again, be truly His children.

There are many who believe that there is a God but far less who believe that evil is personified in a being that was originally not of this world. But they would be wrong. I have tasted of the wonder and holiness of God and I have seen glimpses of evil that lives within this being and his depth of depravity staggers the mind beyond comprehension. Nothing is sacred, absolutely nothing.

The Apostle Paul speaks of this being in Ephesians 6:12 NASB when he says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Satan doesn’t want anyone to really know he exists because he works in the darkness, in the shadows, sowing discord and mayhem where ever and when ever he can. He was banished to earth and he thought he could turn this opportunity into his advantage. But Satan is not God, his powers are limited and God had a course of action at the ready to defeat him and his followers once and for all, right from the very beginning. Jesus

No, I don’t understand it all, all I have to go on is what God tells us in His Word that took place and the consequences of what transpired. But I do see the evil that comes from him and I have been exposed to some of the depths of his depravity. It literally boggles the mind. It is beyond sick.

Some may think that I have lost my mind when I state that I believe that Satan exists. I don’t care. I’ve seen him attack my children when they were small, I’ve experienced him take what was good and turn it upside down, too many times. He has been given temporary power beyond what we comprehend but it does have limits. But do not make the mistake of underestimating those temporary powers.

No, we do not need to hide in a corner, or credit every mishap that we see or every instance of living in a fallen world to him, being fearful of his influence, because as God’s children, we are not of him and because we have been given mighty realities to fight against his influence, should he decide to throw some of his attention our way. And those realities, that can hinder and stop his influence are also provided in God’s Word.

The Apostle Paul also tells us of these realities in Ephesians 6:10-17 NASB:

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Sometimes, what I do see with my eyes and I do understand in my heart and mind, that focuses on the evil that originates from Satan, can be overwhelming. But that is not where my focus is to remain, because God’s children, of which I am one, have a hope and that hope will be realized in death because Jesus has already conquered death, for us that believe. Satan’s time and powers are drawing to a close, so it will get worse before it does get better but make no mistake about it, for God’s children, it will indeed eventually get better, much much better, because we will be in the presence of our God, face to face. And what a glorious day that will be!

Romans 8:29-30 NASB

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

And finally, as Jesus said in John 14:15-20 NASB

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

25 Comments

  1. Dear sir .my name is Anil. from India. I’m running a small church in my village. No building our church. Old people and children’s staying in church . please help our church and people. please sir . God bless you all.

    On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Reasoned Cases for Christ wrote:

    > Bruce posted: ” I know, we are to keep our eyes on the Lord, trust in Him, > believe in Him, depend on Him and I do. But sometimes, the sheer magnitude > of evil within this world, which is literally everywhere that I look, both > within and without, is enough to just make u” >

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    1. Hello Anil, unfortunately I am already assisting a minister in Africa, his church and family plus local organizations that work with the poor, on a fixed retired income that does not facilitate any additional financial assistance to others but I will keep you and your church in my prayers and there maybe someone who follows my blog that can assist you. If you would provide me with your contact information (email address) I will keep it on hand to pass onto someone if they can help. A little more information about yourself and church would also be helpful. Blessings.

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  2. Those who say Satan does not exist are blind, deaf and do not speak truth. We are in extraordinary times. I’m old enough to remember times which were as depressing as those of today, but I’m always hopeful because God does His most miraculous work in days like these.

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  3. You’re definitely not crazy Bruce, Satan does exist. And your right, he’s not to blame for everything as our thoughts and his are not that much different without God intervening.
    I was talking with my boss yesterday about the sheer evil that exists in this world. People want to blame God for it, but if they acknowledge God then they need to acknowledge Satan as well as he is part of the story. As my boss is a non believer, I tried to explain to him, that justice doesn’t always happen on this side of the dirt. Those who love evil and don’t receive justice here, don’t believe there is any another judge to stand before. They will see as we will see in the end.Justice will be served.
    The greatest justice is repentance, and repentance might not be an option when ones spirit leaves it’s body.I pray Our Holy Father would draw more unto Jesus Christ.
    I appreciate what you added to my last comment, where the focus is when we’re grieved vs offended/insulted.
    Have a great weekend Bruce

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  4. Amen! Yes Yes Yes! You have captured it. The evil is horrible. Too many people clinging to the evil and rejecting the good. It makes us weep. Yes, we have to keep our eyes on the Lord and his sovereignty and realize he is allowing all this evil to exist for his purposes. And we do have to pray for wisdom and understanding and for the salvation of human lives and we can’t let all the evil wear us down.

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    1. Funny how when I started this post I was a little on the down side and by the time I finished the post I was back up again, one of the benefits of maintaining a Christian blog! Thank you Sue, you are a blessing!

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  5. Excellent post, Bruce. The evil and chaos that Satan causes in the world is overwhelming. We need to encourage and lift each other up. What you said above about maintaining a Christian blog is very true. We all need each other.

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    1. Hi Lesley, thank you for the kind words. I see that you live in England. Actually spent a week in Northern Lancashire when I was in my late teens in the Canadian Navy. My adopted father originally came from there. Beautiful country. You’re absolutely right about the need to encourage and lift one another up. In fact, that is one of the underlying objectives that I try to keep in mind when writing articles or reposting others that catch my eye. I was looking at your beautiful grandchildren. I find it amazing how the innocence and trust that they so often display catch my heart. My wife and I have seven and they are such gifts. Our two youngest are girls, 14 months and 4 years and I’m afraid they have captured my heart. I’m looking forward to further exchanges as I am sure that I can learn from you. You’re also correct about us needing each other, there are those threads that bind us together as children of God. Grace and blessings to you and yours! – Bruce

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      1. Hi Bruce. Yes our twin grandchildren are 14 months as well, and the grandson is 7 on the 4th January. You and your wife must be kept busy with 7 grandchildren! 😀
        We live in the north of England, in County Durham. I was born here but was brought up in Glasgow and came back down to England later in life. I love it here. Whereabouts in England did your adopted dad come from?
        I, too, am looking forward to reading more of your posts. I’m so glad to have other Christians for company albeit online.
        Blessings to you and yours also! – Lesley

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      1. Thanks Bruce. I thought it would be a good thing to start noting daily thanks, even if I could just come up with three things … though of course, there must be loads more.

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  6. Good post. One of the thing that I didn’t expect when I was new in the ministry is just how much people have been abused before in wretched ways and the need for us to not have all the answer per se but to be there and hear and pray for them.

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    1. I agree, it seems an awful lot carry a heavy load. White glove treatment is usually needed with being there, listening and prayer like you say and an extra layer of sensitivity. Blessings!

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