Volume 1: The Contrast between good and evil
Good and evil are contrasted in the Bible ninety-eight times and thirty three times in the New Testament alone. The number of times this contrast has been mentioned is an indication of something we need to pay attention to. When you begin to see the unseen war going on over our lives daily, you will never see the world the same again.
This series will uncover the unseen war happening everyday.
Volume 1 will disclose the contrast between “Good and Evil.”
Volume 2 will explain “Kings and Pawns.”
Volume 3 will reveal the “Three domains of Satan’s kingdom: Economic, Political, Religious.”
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:5-7 is the sermon on the mount and the manifest of the King. This is where Jesus is laying out the culture and manners of His Kingdom.
The first thing that God gave Adam (or man) was dominion. The word kingdom can be broken down into two words, king-dom which is king’s-dominion or king’s-domain.
Kingdom is mentioned 122 times in the old testament. The Kingdom is the premier message of the bible.
In Matthew 16:19, the first thing Jesus gave to the church was dominion. He gave us the keys to the kingdom.
The Our father prayer of Matthew 6 was not intended to pray until you’re 12 and then stop. Many people treat this prayer as a prayer for our children and that as an adult, you’ve grown out of it. This is not the case. Jesus was giving this prayer to his disciples and instructed them to pray in this manner.
This prayer teaches us a “kingdom first” mindset, not kingdom first on Sunday. We have been called as citizens of his kingdom.
God has called us to advance His word, His will as it is in Heaven in the earth. Finding the will of God can be found in Isaiah 55:8 where it is written: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
Ask God for his kingdom on all things. Your marriage, family, job, all things everyday.
Jesus ends the prayer in Matthew 6:13 asking that we not be led into temptation and that we be delivered from evil.
Evil is any thing or deed that is contrary to the word, character, purpose & will of God. Satan tries to pervert or twist anything that God created. Synonyms of the word evil are wicked and wicker which means twisted.
There are three things that Satan does to advance his kingdom. First he deceives, then he temps, and finally he accuses. Deception, temptation, and accusation are all of the enemy.
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
The world is not a place, it is a system.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
This verse is an example of deception is the enemy’s deception of Eve. Before satan tempted Eve, he decived her. Satan convinced her that there was no consequence.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Here, Satan tells Eve that the fruit was good for food and told her to look at it and handle it and see how good it is for her. This was temptation that came after deception.
After he tempted her into sin, then he used that sin to accuse her.
These are all just tools in his arsenal to get us separated from God to fulfill his ultimate desire for our soul.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
In this passage, Adam and Eve are found hiding from God because they were naked, ashamed, afraid…accused! The enemy took the sin that he tempted them into and then accused them with it afterward.
The road that leads to evil is called temptation. Evil doesn’t begin with temptation, it begins with deception.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This verse is where our salvation is found.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
We can be delivered from evil because of His kingdom, delivered from temptation because of His kingdom.
2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
This passage shows us that Satan is the “little g” god of this world.
There is always war going on between good and evil and God has called us to have discernment and advance His kingdom.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Jesus says we are subordinate Kings in the earth. He wants us in the world to advance His kingdom instead of taking us out of this world.
Kingdom living is seeing the will of God in the earth. You will see resistance, that’s spiritual warfare. Understanding where the war is and who is really launching the attack should help us to look past the pawn.
Everyday you wake up, you’re in a battle. God did not call us to retreat. We are on the offense of advancing the kingdom. God’s plan for our lives is for us to advance His Kingdom.