VOTD: Romans 12.21 ‘Overcome with good’

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12.21

Evil is prevalent, but not overpowering.

How is goodness the superior force?

#evil, #goodness, #victory, #votd

3-13-2017 Good & Evil

God, through Moses, told Israelites: “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15 NKJV). Solomon ask God for “an understanding heart” “that I may discern between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9 NKJV). God’s prophet, Amos, said: “Hate evil, love good” (Amos 5:15 NKJV). To Christians, Paul wrote: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9 NKJV). The difference between “good” and “evil” is clearly drawn, described, and determined. Jesus said, “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29 NKJV). There are not enough “shades of gray” to confuse those who follow God’s Word.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evil, #good

God protects his own

A great lesson in Matthew 2 is that God protects his own. The Lord frustrated Herod’s attempts to kill the newborn Jesus.

He warned the wise men by means of a dream not to return to Herod, but to go back by another way. “But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road” Mt 2.12 NIRV.

The Lord’s angel also appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt, in order to get away from Herod, Mt 2.13. Continue reading

#confidence, #courage, #divine-protection, #evil

11-14-2016 A Moral Equivalent

A “moral equivalency” argument is when a person justifies their evil deed because they can point to someone else’s evil deed. It’s the old childish, “he hit me first.”  A few white people in the 1800’s owned slaves, so African-Americans justify burning, looting, beating up, or murdering white people today. “Evil for evil” makes the world “evil.” Jesus told His disciples, after betrayal, “they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify” (Matthew 20:18-19 NKJV). Knowing what evil was to be done to Him, Jesus said, “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53 NKJV). Following Jesus’ example, Christians must “Repay no one evil for evil” (Romans 12:17 NKJV). Try “forgiveness” for a change, it’s non-“racial!” 

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evil, #moral-equivalency

10-24-2016 Making Worse Get Better

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:12-13 NKJV).  Christians will be persecuted, because the wicked won’t change by themselves.

1) “Evil” in mankind is described by David: “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips” (Psalm 140:1-3 NKJV).  2) “Imposters” are people who live by their art of deception.  Paul told Timothy how to deal with such: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).  The wicked get worse if we don’t openly teach the Bible!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #evil, #imposters, #persecution, #worse

10-25-2016 Supporting Abortion

An unborn, or newly-born, baby defines “innocence,” for they have not “done any good or evil” (Romans 9:11 NKJV).  “The king of Egypt” issued an “executive order” to Israelite midwives that: “if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive” (Exodus 1:16-17 NKJV).  “Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD” (2 Kings 21:16 NKJV).  God condemned Egypt and Judah, because He hates “Hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17 NKJV).  God-fearing people will not vote for a leader determined to kill babies!          

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#abortion, #evil, #innocent-blood

4-21-2016 Take It To The Streets

Violence in the streets is of great concern to puzzled survivors.  But, there is no amount of discussions, panels, candles, demonstrations or government intervention that can deal with the problem.  The problem is sin and evil, but without God’s explanation and guidance, no one can help.  When sin had entered the world, Cain killed his brother, Abel, because he “was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous” (1 John 3:12 NKJV).  Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives evil sinners an opportunity to change their lives for good.  Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evil, #gospel, #sin, #violence