One of my daily readings this morning discussed why we see villains in every story out there. Examples used were Little Red Riding Hood with the Wolf, Dorothy and and Wicked Witch of the West, and Frodo and Black Riders. These are just three examples, but as we all see, there is a villain that is in nearly every story line written and filmed. The reason is because there are villains in every aspect of our life. They are everywhere we turn trying to tell us no, trying to destroy who we are, trying to keep us from fulfilling our God given purpose, and so much more. The reading was a an excerpt from the book Walking the Dead. One that is on my reading list.
The final line of this reading reads, “You have an enemy. He is trying to steal your freedom, kill your heart, destroy your life.” Satan and his demons are all over this world and they come disguised in so many different forms. They infiltrate so much in our lives. They bring destruction, they whisper and tell us we won’t amount to anything. They tell us that we cannot come alive through God’s path. They try to lure us away to the pleasures of this world. The lusts, the idolatry, and so much more that is always in front of us. They use people to spew out anger and negativity at us to discourage us from doing anything that Godly and on His path. Have you ever had those days where you feel you are riding high. You feel God’s blessings our on you and then all of a sudden things come crashing down. Something happens that pulls you away, someone says something that infiltrates your soul, or just a feeling of depression, anxiety, and anger comes over you from nowhere. I certainly have, and there is the evil coming at you. That is the evil one trying to pull you back to Earth and away from God’s path
So what do we do when we encounter these villains? How do you battle back? The answer is simple. Through Jesus Christ. He is THE Hero of our story. He is God incarnate and came to this world to defeat sin and death through the shedding of His blood and His Resurrection. One of my favorite versus in the Bible is John 16:33, which states,” I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
As a fallen creation we are filled with trials and sorrows that come through our lives. These villains are always upon us and trying to bring us down in every way. They try to test your faith and strength. Even Jesus was tested in the Wilderness for 40 days and what a victory He had. He was and is the ultimate show of strength. He overcame for us all to open our doorway to God’s Kingdom. Even as I write this blog today and any other blog I write. I can always fill the Holy Spirit filling me and inspiring the words I put down. As I write, however, I can feel the evil tugging at me trying to stop those words from flowing and sharing with you all.
So what can you do knowing that there is evil always there and knowing there is a Hero to turn to? The answer is simple, give it all up to Christ. When those trials and tribulations come your way. When you feel the anger, the sorrow, the bitterness coming through you, turn to Jesus. As Revelation 12:12 says, “…But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Pray for the strength that is in you already to come alive to battle. Ask Christ to take that burden. He is the answer. He has already overcome and all we have to do is turn to Him as the hero of this story. It is all about God. Turn to him always to fight those spiritual battles that you will face throughout life. Give it up to Him.