Good morning, peeps!
“I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” – Romans 7:21-24
There is a war being waged on the inside of us between good and evil, and let’s come clean: sometimes we find ourselves on the wrong side of the battlefield. Yikes. Don’t be fooled into thinking that when you said “yes” to God, evil just up and left. Um, no. “When I would do good, evil is right there with me.” The Greek word for “right there with me” means right beside me. Not chillin’ on the other side of the room, but all up in your personal space like a Siamese twin. Think about the My Buddy doll and its commercial jingle. “My buddy, my buddy. Wherever I go, he goes.”
Evil: wherever good goes, it goes.
Evil isn’t some playground bully or a trail of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe. You can’t kick it away or hand over your lunch money and expect it to leave you alone for the day. It’s not an annoyance – it is your enemy. Paul gets this point across in the way he describes what’s really going on: war. No country wages war against another just to get on its nerves. War is meant to destroy and this battle with evil is no joke. There are no peace treaties or truces to be signed, no alliances to be made. Good and evil aren’t having a summit to decide who gets to reign in your life for the month of May. This is a day-to-day fight and the enemy of your soul is willing to do whatever it takes to win. Great news for us: God is, too. Have a great day.
[Peeps, we’re going to stick with the above passage for a few days. I’ll call it a devotional series. I don’t know the title yet – “Fighting Dirty” is what came to me, but I don’t know if that’s simply because my sense of humor is more warped than usual this morning. By the way, I was prompted to add this right before I hit ‘publish’. That’s just how God does me.]