Conquering evil

Somebody said to me this morning: “So, this is the end, right?” I knew what he meant. Are we seeing the close of history unfolding? Is the fulfillment of prophecy so apparent that it is most certainly the end of days?

Perhaps there are two things we all need to do right now. The first and most important must be to bathe our world in prayer. Let’s pour out our hearts to the Father. Let’s make ourselves available to the moving and prompting of the Holy Spirit. Let’s claim the peace that He promises and follow Paul’s advice: “Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done” (Philippians 4:6).

The second I believe is to care for what matters most. Paul also wrote: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). What fits that description in your life? I imagine that the ‘what’ quickly becomes the ‘who.’

Evil spreads like a devastating cancer. We have seen its face and felt its destructive power. But evil didn’t first appear on the streets of Paris last Friday night. It isn’t found just in a twisted, perverse ideology that destroys life and relishes death.

When ISIS and its ilk fade from the scene, evil will find another way to diminish humanity and oppose divine truth. There is a battle underway according to Paul: “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against might power in this dark world, and evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:10-12).

Evil will have its day but its reign is temporary. An empty cross and an empty tomb speak to a different conclusion. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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