Evil is real. It lingers in dogmatic speech; it is revealed in thoughtless behavior toward the less fortunate; it lurks in the darkness of social media, waiting rooms, grocery lines, schools, and the church. Evil has found its way into every crack and crevice we have left unsealed and unprotected. It has become a play-date who refuses to go home. Even when evil has worn out its welcome in our lives we can’t seem to get rid of it so easily. The now unwanted guest is no longer satisfied with the little mess it’s made to frustrate you, it is now scheming and devising plans to utterly destroy you and your house! The Bible says in James 4:7-10,
“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” (The Message Bible)
It makes no sense to play games with the devil. Wise up! Be alert, be firm in your allegiance to God and the devil will flee.