Evil will self-destruct

 

Does it ever seem like evil has the upper hand? Those who do evil seem to prosper. Their agenda seems to have prominence in society much more than it deserves.

The Bible is clear that we do not need to fear evil. It may prevail for some time and gain ground in the hearts of the weak. But in the end, God will defeat evil, along with Satan, the author of evil.

    But evil also has the feature of self-destructing. Those who do evil may collaborate and multiply their efforts, but ultimately they will turn on each other. 

    In the book of Revelations chapter 17 we see how, through the Beast, Satan joins forces with the kings of the earth to fight against the Lamb in an unprecedented war of the ages. But “The Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Rev 17:14). Along with evil being conquered, we see in the following verses how the forces of evil turn on each other. Ultimately, evil will self-destruct and Jesus will be victorious and we, along with him.

    So don’t fear when you see evil prevailing in society. Just smile knowing that Jesus will be victorious.

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New enough to lead

Have they been around long enough to lead? But if they have been around for a long time but have not stepped up to lead yet, you need to think again. Maybe they have become calloused or they just have not caught your vision. If they had caught your vision, they would have taken the step to take responsibility. But since they have not stepped up to lead yet, most probably they have not caught the vision. Remember, seniority doesn’t need to be a requirement for leadership.

So we need to ask if they are new enough to lead. If they are new, they can be molded and directed according to your vision. As soon as they catch the vision, give them some basic training and find a quick way to move them into leadership responsibilities. (Just make sure to add some “on the job” training for leaders so they can develop further and stay sharp). You may get some “push-back” from those with seniority, but you’ve got to keep your ground.

Go ahead and look for those who are new enough to lead.

The New Testament God of Wrath

In the minds of some people, there is considerable doubt about God’s dealings with people in the Old Testament compared with the New Testament. They think God was angry and judgmental in the Old Testament but became loving and kind in the New Testament.

The reality is that God never changes. We clearly see both the wrath of God and the mercy of God displayed in the Old Testament. Both are clear realities. But since the New Testament begins with the ministry of Jesus, it highlights God’s grace in a tremendous way. The love of God is extended to people in quite a vivid way through the life, ministry and death of Jesus.

This huge focus of the New Testament in the early books highlight God’s love. But it is important to understand God’s love in the context of God’s wrath against sin and evil. That wrath of God still exists and is therefore the very reason that God’s grace is so amazing. His love for us is so great that he provides a way for us to escape that wrath.

This is clearly seen in Revelations chapter 16 where God’s wrath against evil is poured out. Several times, the statement is given: “And they did not repent.” God was looking for an opportunity to show mercy to people even in the very last days, in the midst of His wrath against evil.

So in the New as well as the Old Testament, God is exhibiting his wrath against evil and extending his mercy to all his creation.

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Brilliant Talkers

They are good people. But they talk constantly. They’re brilliant and knowledgeable about a vast array of matters.

But every conversion I’ve had with them were one way conversations. I listen and they talk. Rarely do I get a chance to speak. They do all the talking.

They get themselves into a mess, and they’re still talking. Talking themselves through the mess, and getting deeper into it. Never listening. They don’t need to listen since they’re brilliant.

One day, I hope they’ll listen to someone. 

The joy of vision that’s caught

When those you lead begin performing tasks with an inner drive, a change has come. Previously they only did what was required and when it was required. But now it is obvious that they have caught the vision. When this begins to happen, you must take some important steps.

Celebrate the fact that they are catching the vision and find unique ways to reward them. Rewards do not have to be monetary. Verbal acknowledgement and affirmation are sometimes the best. Then, continue to focus on the vision. Don’t let off or coast. Keep the vision before them and continue to value it. The momentum toward the vision must be maintained

How long will God be angry?

cropped-wp-1483663600419.jpegGod’s wrath against sin and rebellion is quite real. But while he remains angry at sin, his heart reaches out to those he created. With love he makes a way for redemption. And even today he continues to offer that redemption which was prompted by his love.

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed” (Rev 15:1-4).

So the wrath of God is finished. The song of Moses and the song of the Lamb exalts God and expresses what he wants to do in caring for and guiding people. What joyous news for us to know. Jesus, the Lamb of God has taken away the sins of the world. He has taken away my sins. That is the ultimate of God’s righteous acts. Yes, the wrath of God is finished.

Now for the question above I would answer “…till God provides an opportunity for redemption. And he has already provided that opportunity through his Son Jesus. So he now waits with eager expectation. He is filled with mercy and compassion – much beyond our grasp.

We would be too impatient with those who constantly fall into sin. Our tolerance gets worn out too quickly as we reach out to those who are hurting. We expect a quick turn around where people turn from their sin quickly and without any delay. But God waits with eager expectation that all people would turn from their sinful ways and turn to him.

So the answer to the question above is that God is not angry with us. But in love, he has provided a way for us to be free from everything in life that binds and controls us. 

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