Today we see growing wickedness, pain and suffering-manifesting itself in this world as never before. One has only to turn on the TV news and one will find gun violence, terrorism (War), murder, and all forms of wickedness like never before. For many of us as people of Faith, we as believers, these factors are not surprising and of little consequence.
For people who exercise their faith-we have been forewarned of a time when evil grows, and sin is heightened as a response to an ever falling world. In fact scripture tell us in many parables that signs of the end time will come with heightened evil. For our response to be focused correctly-we must understand that with a believers heart and spirit-we are given the tools and resources to shield in the battle against evil, and it is precisely with this exact spirit in mind that we don’t need to wonder about what to do.
An awesome and profound scripture that comes from the Book of Matthew starting with Matthew 12:38 which begins with the Pharisees and teachers of the law who challenged Jesus as they had done many times before, this scripture states:
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38)
Though Christ was always ready to hear and answer holy desires and prayers, yet those who ask amiss, ask and have not, and are not equipped for the worldly and ungodly challenges of this evil world.
Signs were granted to those who desire them to confirm their faith, as Moses,Gideon, and even Jonah could attest; but as Jonah grew (for example) to understand-they are denied to those who demand them to excuse their unbelief.
Jonah in Scripture is often identified as the “Reluctant Prophet” of all the prophets, Jonah is perhaps the most reluctant; his struggle with sin is not hidden. In the story we see a portrait of sin and of God’s love for consistent sinners who are in disbelief.
As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale, and then came out again alive, after which he is called upon by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents to repent of their sins or face divine wrath. Instead, Jonah boards a ship to Tarshish. Caught in a storm, he orders the ship’s crew to cast him overboard, whereupon he is swallowed by a giant fish. Three days later, after Jonah agrees to go to Nineveh, the fish vomits him out onto the shore.
It was after Jonah had accepted his “biblical Marching Orders.” The Ninevites would shame the Jews for not repenting; the queen of Sheba, for not believing in Christ and we must intern such cares that hinder us, as we must come to Christ and submitt such uncertainties.
This parable represents the case and is applicable to all those who hear the word of God, and are in part reformed, but not truly converted.
While,The unclean spirit leaves in you for a time, but when he returns, he finds Christ is not there to shut him out; within your daily discipline to the heart sweeps evil inside outward reformation, if not the spirit is garnished by ill preparation to comply with evil, and the man becomes a more decided enemy of the truth.
Remember: Every heart is the residence of unclean spirits, except those which are temples of the Holy Ghost, by Faith in Christ.
So to answer of question of: How to we combat evil-The more you humble yourself to the will of a righteous God, and you shield and insinuate yourselves from the growing evil as a response to worldly and Ungodly sin.
Therefore, we as human beings can take steps to grow in faith minute by minute, day by day-but unless you take steps to move closer to righteousness, then any and all efforts may leave you vulnerable-as you will be placed at the mercy of this world.
Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN, Apolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019. Listen to Greer’s radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email firstname.lastname@example.orgHis website is www.gregglgreer.com