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11-6-2017 Why Blame God

Whenever disaster or evil-inflicted events occur, people are quick to blame God for that evil. They ignore 2 important facts: (1) The Devil is real and against us. Jesus went “through death” to destroy “him who had the power of death that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). The Devil makes death horrible to see. (2) Evil is in the world because people have not listened to God. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:28 NKJV). Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV). Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#death, #devil, #disaster, #evil

An evil world

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,” (Galatians 1:3-4 NKJV)

Grace and peace from God – quite the opposite from the world according to the traveling apostle.

One doesn’t have to agree with “Paul’s doctrine” to know the above truth. Watch the news! Corruption, massacres, rape, robberies, assaults and numerous other deadly sins are common occurrence every day. They are of the world – not the Father (1 John 2:15-17).

But aren’t there good people in the world? Absolutely!

Salt and light, long-suffering and love, mercy and gentleness, righteousness and reasoning, goodness and grace are the reasons why this floating globe hasn’t become a flaming match-head. But don’t confuse the light with the darkness. God sends light – the world always prefers darkness (John 1:1-9, 3:16-21).

Deliverance (another word for salvation) from this time of evil is the gospel’s goal. And in this case the will of the Father will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, in spite of the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

#evil, #salvation, #the-world

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

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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

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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

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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