Every good action movie has a “goodie” and a “baddie”, one trying to take down the world and one trying to save the world. Spoiler alert the goodie wins!
We can’t see it, but in the spiritual realm that action is playing out around us. We have the “Goodie”, God, who should I say has ALREADY saved the world, and the “Baddie”, Satan, who had a massive chip on his shoulder from getting booted out of heaven and came up with this grand scheme to destroy what God had created. or at least try!
But like I already said, the battle has already been won from the first crack of satan’s whip. God had a plan to save the world and overcome evil (read Genesis 3), take the sting outta ole Satana’s tail, and that plan was executed through Jesus! I’m sure you are pretty familiar with the Bible story.
The battle is won. The fight is over, the enemy slithers back into the hole he came from, the END??? Someone might want to tell him that!
WRONG! Yes, the battle is won and victory belongs to Christ. We all know the ending, but that doesn’t stop the enemy coming back and taking swipe after swipe at God’s most prized possessions. Please don’t be fooled, I’m not just talking about the little red guy with the horns and the pitchfork sitting on your shoulder telling you to do stupid stuff.
“Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage.”
Ephesians 6:12 TPT
The enemy’s schemes are elaborate and come in many varieties. All the sickness, all the hurt, all the anger, all the evil in the world are all part of Satan’s handiwork. In fact, every thing that is not good with the world can be credited to that nasty, evil worm. Every distraction, every trap he can possibly lay out for us on the way to salvation, that dirty old liar is gonna throw it out there. The Devil, The Deceiver, The Accuser, Beast, Father of lies. he didn’t earn these titles in the Bible for no good reason. My own personal favourite nickname big fat dirty rotten liar.
His number one objective is to prevent us from knowing the full love of Christ and committing our lives to Jesus.
That brings me to my point today, every evil nemesis always seems to have their trusty sidekick, usually portrayed as someone a bit more lovable “under the evil spell”. They will always appear to be someone lacking intelligence and willing to do all the mean stuff to help their evil master hatch his plans. We all know that the evil warlord never really cares for them, he just uses them to activate his plans. We know that if this sidekick could just break free form this evil spell, they would probably make a really lovely, loyal friend.
I wonder where screenwriters ever got such an idea?? Yip straight from the book I reckon.
Since EDEN, the enemy has been active in his recruitment campaign. He lures them in with the promise of power and a better life, spits them out, feeds them to the dogs when their dirty deeds are done and the world knows they’re a bad guy; they know they’re the bad guy and they are hopeless and full of despair, exactly where the enemy wants them. Surplus to requirements, unless of course they’d make a good recruitment officer and then maybe they are worth keeping around for a bit.
My point… we have all encountered these recruits in our Christian life, the people who make forgiveness a challenge and love seem impossible. The people in your life that make you wonder if your thoughts towards them are even from a real Christian. The people who make you question if God truly loved you why wouldn’t he intervene… let me tell you he did for you, AND THEM…
They are God’s children as much as you are, but unless they get saved they are gonna end up in a whole different eternity than you. So if we can strip back their evil deeds and strip off the pain and the hurt they have caused, all we are left with is a very lost soul under an evil spell.
I find it really helps to separate the person and the pain they cause.
Let’s not just forgive them, or want to forgive them, let’s pray for them. Let’s not just pray for them to stop their evil schemes or that God would take them out of the picture, let’s pray for blessing and favour and love, let’s pray that light floods their life, let’s pray that they feel love like never before. Let’s pray for their salvation, no actually, let’s pray for radical salvation for them and everyone in their sphere of influence. Let’s pray that all their zeal and passion for evil turns and is used for good in the kingdom. It happened Paul, so I know it can happen.
“However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them.”
Matthew 5:44 TPT
Let’s pray for them instead of praying against them.
You might say to me, I can’t, look what they did to me, look how much pain they caused. Believe me, I know, I have first-hand experience. There is someone in my life who seems to have such hatred and vengeance against me. It feels sometimes like they won’t be happy till they see me burnt at the stake. So please, hear this when I say from the heart… I Know!
But, Pray for them, even if at first it is through gritted teeth and tears streaming down your face and an ache deep in your heart. Don’t allow what they have done to you to be bigger than what Jesus did for you; the pain that they caused you to be more than the joy Jesus can give you.
Let’s pray for them!
“Never let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 TPT