DANNY G. HATFIELD, SR.: When evil rules (part 2)

“In your anger do not sin: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give place to the devil. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no more, but must work with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:27-28

Our freewill allows or restricts the doors Satan uses to reap havoc in our lives. It is imperative that we follow Jesus Christ in truth, abiding in faith, abiding in life, following only that which is righteous and to reject evil. Satan cannot devour a person until a person opens the door and allows it. This is the very reason Satan seeks one to devour. Satan is looking for an open door of invitation, if the door to evil remains closed, there will be no invitation and Satan will not have any power over us.

For the sake of argument, I am certain Job will be brought into this subject. Consider Job – Job did not open the door for Satan by way of sin, but God allowed Job’s faith to be tried because of righteousness. If Job himself had opened the door by way of sin, Job’s outcome would have been much different; Job would have brought curses upon himself.

The door which Satan enters into our life is the door we open through sin and unrighteousness and we can blame no one but ourselves for the outcome.

We must also question ourselves – have we truly repented and are we walking in holiness? Many profess to believe in God, but deny God by their actions. Many people worship God with their lips but their heart is far from him, continuing in sin failing to understand our heart directs our actions, in both good or bad. “You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying; this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9).

We must also understand our salvation is not made sure until the day of our death. To say we are forever saved after we have prayed a short prayer in the words of another person – we lie to ourselves.

Do we know what tomorrow will bring?

Do we know what choices we will make in the future?

When standing in the face of death – in fear of torment – do we truly know if we will keep the faith or if we will deny Jesus Christ? What we say now is not always what we will do when facing death or adversity.

There are many that profess to believe but insult God because of the menial trials we encounter today.

Let’s consider how we will stand in the evil day, a day that will try the whole world, a day which is fast approaching. During these trials many will question God? Why is God allowing these things to take place and then begin to curse God, cursing God even for those things they themselves allowed? When we open a door for evil, evil will enter in. We must understand God will not interfere with the freewill of man; man has freewill to choose his own destiny.

God does not force men to make evil choices; men are free to make their own choices.

Today, many follow the world, a path that leads to destruction. Tomorrow the whole world will follow the beast and receive a mark signing their own eternal death warrant (Revelations 13). If mankind had obeyed God from the beginning, man would not have opened the door for evil, and we would not be suffering today nor would we suffer those things soon to come.

In the beginning, God foresaw that mankind would error partaking of sin and to be destined to suffer because of disobedience.

At the point man separated himself from God by sin, being spiritually dead, God immediately made plans providing man a way of escape, as to redeem man from death.

It is evident that mankind loves the ways of the flesh, the way of sin and the ways of the world more than they love God; this is known by their fruit. Man has alienated himself from God by his own freewill choices, bringing curses on their own life, so let’s not blame God – the choices we make in life dictate our life.

They that follow evil will receive an evil reward. “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Revelations 21:8).

God’s Grace provides us the only way to escape evil, not to continue in evil. Choose today whom you will serve.