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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Making Disciples, continued
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21—NASB)
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:8,9—NASB)
We are to be lights in the darkness. We cannot do this in our adamic nature, we must have Christ formed in us so the Father and He can dwell in us through the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
The perversity in America today is so virulent, so poisonous, that our good intentions vanish like a drop of water in a furnace. Only Christ has Virtue powerful enough to overcome the lies and treachery surrounding us.
Evil cannot be overcome by evil, only by the good that comes from God.
How can the adult who was molested as a child, or exposed to satanic ritual abuse, ever forgive those who raped his or her personality? Adam cannot forgive. Christ can forgive. There is this kind of Virtue in Him. As Christ is in us the power and Virtue to forgive and to go on with life enter us.
This is not to say that professional help is not needed on occasion. Professional help often is required. But mental health professionals can go only so far. Full, wholesome emotional and mental health come only through the Life of God that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are not to be consumed with the evil of Satan. The whole creation is filled with the Glory of God and we can choose to see that Glory and think about it. The choice is ours. Meditating on the evil in people will only drag us down spiritually and emotionally.
Jesus Christ is standing at the door of the foul fleshpot that America is becoming, a nation that at one time had been at least moderately Christian. The political writers are telling us our government is corrupt far beyond what we imagine. This may be true. But Jesus is greater than all. As we look to Him we personally can live a victorious life and then will be received joyfully by the Lord when we die or when He returns.
The Great Commission charges preachers to make disciples, teaching them to keep the commandments of Christ. When we do not keep Christ's commandments we are not His disciples. It is the Word of God that makes disciples, causing them to be born again of the incorruptible Seed of God.
We notice the Lord said if we love Him we will keep His commandments. If we keep His commandments the Father will love us and He and the Father will make their home with us.
Our nation needs at least a few true Christians—disciples who keep the commandments of Christ. We have millions of adherents to the Christian religion but few disciples it appears.
To be continued.