Monday Motivator – April 22

How strong is your defense against sin and evil?

It is amazing to consider how prevalent sin and evil are in the world. TV, movie, and many book plots seem to have a tension between good and evil. The first few minutes of one of my favorite TV shows starts out with a crime against a seemingly innocent person and the detectives on “Law and Order” were tasked with solving the mystery.

The story of The Lord of The Rings is an account of evil rising up to destroy the world and all that is good in it. Sherlock Holmes fights off the consistent attempts of Professor Moriarty to push evil agendas across the British Empire and the European continent. Batman and Robin were endlessly battling evil characters such as the Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, and many others bent on the pursuit of crime, power, and greed.

Another character I enjoyed was James Bond. The handsome, suave, charismatic British spy was always on the go in a rush around the planet to save the world from total destruction from a tyrant, despotic ruler, and/or fiend.

I was attracted to Bond’s investigative abilities, his state-of-the-art weapons and gadgets, the fast cars with the latest technology, as well as his ability to handle a series of breathtaking stunts.

The Bond movies always started with the threat of evil encompassing the world and 007 was available and eager to face it and stop it. Bond would sneak into the enemy’s camp (often in broad daylight) and discover the missing piece of a puzzle and ultimately prevent a diabolical plot for world devastation.

Read 1 Samuel 17.

A shepherd boy named David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, did not have high tech weaponry, jump from tall buildings to another, or use computers in the bat-cave to solve problems. But God used his availability and humble means to deliver the Israelites from danger and the oppressive hands of an enemy nation.

David’s defense mechanism on one occasion were five smooth stones, and the Spirit of the Living God. David stood alone and faced down the obstacle of an actual giant of a man. That giant stood and harassed the people of God for 40 days, taunting and ridiculing them. David finally stood up to the giant bully on the basis of his awareness of God’s definition of Himself.

Jesus sacrificed Himself by dying on the cross so that all humanity would be spared the judgment of God and eternal destruction. Jesus rose on the third day, victorious over sin, death, shame, guilt, and the grave. His act was the greatest defense mechanism of all time.

The Christian’s defense mechanism is Scripture. Read a brief description of God’s provision in Ephesians 6:10-18. God left us His Word so that we can defend ourselves, resist the enemy, and trust the Lord to deliver us from evil. Grow devotionally. The weapons God gave us to fight evil in the real world have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4), and cause people to find true freedom in Christ. The best defense and offense is the Word of God.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2019 by Mike Olejarz

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