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I Will Not Be A Victim To Evil

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Something has been bugging me for a few weeks and I need to get this off my chest.

A fellow blogger, Jill of The Prairie Homestead, does monthly give aways for her readers. Many of her give aways are paid for out of her pocket because she values her readers and wants to do lovely things for them.

Her blog is a homesteading blog and this time of year many of homesteaders (or wanna be homesteaders like me) are busy canning and preserving the bounty from our gardens or local farmer’s markets.  To me, and most of the followers of her site, a pressure canner was a welcome and wanted prize.

But one reader was not too pleased with her choice of prize.

Why wouldn’t someone want to win a pressure canner? Why would they be offended at said prize?

Their reason for being upset was that in light of the recent Boston Marathon bombing how could Jill be okay with giving away a pressure canner at this time point out that it was “bad timing” to give away such a thing.

I’m sure this is a natural reaction to many things by many people after tragedy but it bothered me.

I have had this on my mind for two weeks.

Why would something as a give away of a pressure canner cause someone to possibly be offended or angry?

Evil

Evil had them upset.

Evil is all around us.  We live in a fallen world.  We should expect evil things.  

No matter how close we are to an evil, whether a first-hand victim, a relative or just a viewer to the nightly news each of us must choose how we will respond to that evil.  We will succumb to it and be a victim or will we rise above it as a victor.

There is no denying that these acts of evil have forever changed us.  We are more cautious in crowds, we get patted down almost to the point of a crime at the airport and we walk to the car with our keys in our hands late at night with mace in the other.

But we must go on living our lives.  If we are given over to the fear of evil and stop living our lives than we are letting those who have cause the evil to win over and over again.

How many of us are living in the bondage of evil and not realizing the life Christ died to give us?

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Those of us who have a relationship with Jesus Christ should not be living in fear of any kind.  Fear is not faith. Yet fear of the evils of this fallen world we live in for such a short time hinder so many of us from everything from stepping out in faith to doing the simplest of things (like being okay with a pressure canner).

I will not let the evil act of two men stop me from wanting to pressure can my green beans.

I will not let the evil acts of rapists stop me from going to the park.

I will not let the evil of Satan keep me in fear that something will happen to my husband or my son.

I won’t do it. I will not be a victim to evil.

” For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” ~ Deut. 20:4

Remember that we do not fight against natural enemies, the fight is against evil in the spiritual rhelm (see Ephesians 6:12) so we must remember that God will give us victory over the fear that evil wants us to have.

If we live every aspect of our lives with fear of evil than we wouldn’t open our mail, drive our cars, ride on buses or use a gas stove.

Each of us has a different perspective on fear based on the circumstances of our past which shape our response to current events.  

Personally, I’ve been effected by a father who abandoned me before birth, an abusive boy friend and a house fire caused by a careless driver just to name a few.  Nowhere near as devastating as some people but bad enough for me that I have had to choose carefully my response.

Will I think all men are walk away Joe’s; that no relationship will last?  Do I believe that I’m not good enough to be wanted? Will I believe that all men will abuse me? Will I be fearful of the next car to hit our house?

On those large-scale acts of evil I can say that events like 9/11 and the Boston bombings have impacted me.  I’m not overly crazy about crowds, I keep an eye on unattended bags, etc but they will not stop me from visiting New York City or going to crowded NASCAR races.

As believers we should be choosing to have more faith in Christ than fear in the enemy. (where evil comes from.)

I believe the people who commit such horrible acts of evil and violence are one of two things: mentally sick or spiritual sick. Either way, I won’t allow their sickness to stop me from living life.  I will have more confidence in Jesus than I do in the enemy.

Has evil effected you? What did you or can you do to over come it?

 

Though I would hope everyone understands this I feel I must say it for those who would wonder or question: Those directly effected by the Boston bombings, 9/11, rape, abuse, abandonment and other acts of evil are indeed victims of a crime or selfish act of another.  I don’t want to discount what these people have gone through or my continue to experience. It is my prayer that those effect or their families find healing through Jesus Christ and are able to find the blessing in the tragedy, whatever that may be for them.  

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Comments

  1. Lisa Lawton says:

    Thank you for that great reminder!! I have to remind myself daily that God already knows how this all turns out. I have been fighting the urge to give in to the fear of what my ex brother in law might do in a drug and alcohol induced rage. To the point of not feeling safe letting my kids be able to spend time at my sisters’ house. God is bigger than anything or anyone Satan uses for evil. Thanks again for this great message, Danielle!

    • You’re welcome Lisa. Always stay in tune with Holy Spirit too. If something isn’t sitting right with your spirit on a particular day, pray about that and see what He tells you, otherwise walk in victory knowing God is in control.

      Blessings

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