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Scripture Of The Day:  Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)

It’s Not All His Fault, You Know!?!

Greetings Everyone,

I apologize for my tardiness in getting these daily devotionals posted, and will do my best to be on time with these.  I know that I don’t really need to apologize, but when I take on the commitment to doing a daily devotional I need to work at keeping it as close to really being “daily” as possible.

So, this was to be the Christlike Ministries NWA Daily Devotional for Tuesday January 27, 2015, and between the title and our Scripture of the Day…I’m excited about where this message is going today. Let’s look at our scripture.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)

You know what’s interesting to me is that the amount of people who claim to not believe in God until something tragic happens, and then their first question is: “How could God allow this to happen?”.

Well, Ephesians 6;12 answers the very question the atheists and agnostics ask.  Whether or not you believe there is a spiritual battle going on in the world behind the scenes or not has no bearing on whether there really is one or not.  Just like it doesn’t matter who believes the Word of God is true or not…it doesn’t change the fact that the Bible is true…every last word of it…including this one in Ephesians that let’s us know that there is a very serious and very real battle in the spiritual realm that happens to cause some things to happen in the natural.

There’s another point to this that I’ve written before that most people don’t really like, but it’s the truth.  That point is that some times life just happens.  Is God aware of everything that happens?  Yes…but to blame Him for all of it like He’s this good and evil director of the universe is frankly unbiblical.

Look, the Bible is clear that there isn’t even the slightest speck of evil in God at all.  God is completely, totally, and perfectly holy and good. Unlike us in the flesh which the Bible says dwells nothing good…God isn’t good because He does good.  God is good because He IS good.  Just like the Bible says God doesn’t love us because it’s something He does…love is Who and What God IS.  Good is Who and What God IS.  We say it all the time folks: God is good all the time and all the time God IS good.  So, then blaming Him for the evil in the world is basically saying that you don’t really believe God is good.

Listen, the one thing we always seem to forget is that there is also human will in place, and that some times we bring the tragic stuff into the world on our own.  Some times, there are just people who come into the world that have no interest at all in the God that loved them enough that He gave His life for them, and they embrace the evil found in the principalities and darkness of the world in which we live.  And, the least talked about truth of all is that there really IS a spiritual battle happening, and let’s face it the world has been falling apart since Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden.  It’s not very spiritual to say that some times stuff just happens, but some times there really isn’t any other explanation then stuff just happens, and that much of this stuff is allowed to happen not because God wants to cause pain and anguish…but because He wants to see how we will respond to what’s happening.  Will we shake our fists at Him in anger or will we draw near to Him?

I have decided that I am personally going to stop blaming God for everything that happens, and instead draw nearer to Him with the understanding that these are the birth pains Jesus spoke about.  Here’s something to keep in mind when it comes to these things.  How many of you know that the closer a baby comes to getting born…the closer together the contractions are? It’s because of these events that we as Christians need to have more of a sense of urgency about reaching those who don’t know Jesus because the one thing I know from what I’m seeing is that time is short and His return is drawing closer and closer.

So, let’s stop shaking our fists in anger blaming Him and even though He told us in His Word that these things would come to pass remember there are other forces at work in the world, and that it’s not all God’s fault.

Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, we’re sorry.  We’re sorry that we’re so quick to blame You. Help us, Lord, to understand there are forces at work in the world in which we can neither see nor understand.  Comfort us, Father, when tragedy strikes, comfort those who mourn and are afflicted, and please help us all to remember these moments are times to draw nearer to You…instead of further away by blaming You for things we neither know about or understand. In Jesus name. Amen & Amen.

In Closing:

The closing point just came as I was writing the prayer for this devotional, and that point is that we have a choice to make when it comes to how we respond to these things that happen.  We can either allow them to push us away from God, or we can do like the Bible encourages us to do…and draw nearer to Him.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Blessings & Grace;

Pastor B

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