Evil Has A Face
More than ever before in my life I feel I’ve seen the face of evil. I’m not just saying this because we’re living in troubled times. I’m not just saying this because of things I’ve only seen recently. I’m saying this because it took me many encounters to see the many faces of evil.
When you see someone full of hate you’ve seen the face of evil. When you see someone bound by destructive addiction you’ve seen the face of evil. When you see someone that is in such a dark place you can’t even describe it you’ve seen the face of evil. When you see anything you know a good, loving God would never endorse you’ve seen the face of evil. We’ve all had times we’ve looked into the mirror and we’ve seen the face of evil.
You see, evil is all around us. Not just in the obvious things, but in the less obvious. You see, Satan doesn’t want us to know it’s him so we’re often left to confusion. Satan is methodical and gradual in the way he attacks. He typically tries to sneak up on us if possible. That way he takes us down when we’re spiritually sleep walking and least expect it. Satan doesn’t want you to easily recognize his face because then you will surely run the other way.
Evil entices us with things it can never deliver. Evil leads us to believe that what scripture clearly says is wrong can’t be that bad. Evil seeks to get some control in hopes of gaining full control. And once evil is allowed to have control it destroys everything within its path.
So many are quick to believe there must be a God, but they want to believe there is no evil. My friends evil is not only everywhere, but there is an adversary. His name is satan and he is constantly looking for his next victim. You better stay alert and you better take him seriously. Otherwise you will be his next victim and the next face of evil. Through the power of Jesus Christ alone you can live victorious. But, if you try to walk alone you are bound to find yourself in the grips of the evil one. Often, the very one thinking they are in control is the very one satan knows he has total control over.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”