God is in charge, and mercifully so…

Now here are some sobering words:

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  … I John 5:19

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers. … II Cor. 4:4

And you were dead in the trepasses and sins in which you once walked, following … the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. … Ephesians 2:1-2

Amazingly, there are a lot of decent people throughout the world, even kind and generous people who do not know Jesus.  And  many of them do right by others.  They don’t turn to wanton evil.  Why?  Because the Lord restrains the evil one and uses many means to prompt unbelievers toward outward conformity to his ways.

In the providence of God, the world does not sink into as much wickedness and misery as it otherwise might if it were given over entirely to the power of the evil one. 

God hold the worlds together by his power.  It would blow to smithereens tomorrow if He didn’t. 

Be glad today that the one in your is greater than the one in the world.  Stand firm.  Resist the devil in faith.  Fight like a victor…Your are!

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