“Wash you (yourselves), make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well (good); seek judgment (justice), relieve the oppressed, judge (bring justice to) the fatherless, plead for the widow. ”Isaiah 1:16-17
I was watching a movie recently which really caught my attention and caused me to think. It is based on a book that some have read, but I had never. We went with a friend to see the movie, and I was intrigued by the storyline but was not sure what to expect. The movie was centered around a man who was demon possessed and trying to escape the grasp of the demon, but it was clear that the demon was in full control of the man. The demon made interesting points and even spoke of how his superior was setting things up in this world to his liking and turning people to his side. The demon spoke of how the devil was using the media and society to turn people to himself, even to the point where evil was celebrated as good and there was no longer a need to be subtle about sin.
Someone recently pondered aloud if hell would be fuller than heaven. If we believe the road to heaven is narrow as the Bible describes it, then we have to believe hell will be fuller than heaven is. The enemy is always at work seeking whom he may devour, and he will hunt for the precious soul much like the harlot spoken of in Proverbs. Satan desires to ruin your life, and he desires to have control of your life. He will do most anything to convert you to his way, and in some cases he has to do very little to persuade mankind as we are prone to wonder and prone to leave the God we love. He has deceived us since Eve, promising us a half-truth that will lead to our destruction. I have heard some give “testimony” of how God has changed their life, although it sounds a lot like a testimony to the devil as they speak of all the sin they were involved with. I have also heard some say they have been fighting the devil, even though it does not seem like there is a lot of fighting going on.
I have been in this boat myself as I have stated I have been the fighting the devil even though if it were represented in real life, I would be giving man hugs to rival fans from the University of Arizona. Hearing the demon’s perspective in the movie reminded me of how shameful my sin is when I willfully continue in it and make excuses for it. I was able to see how Satan throws that in my Savior’s face, and how easily I fall into the trap he has set before me. I see how I pursue my own sin interests over my stated love for God, even though He says, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” I realize how passionate I am to dislike the fans and players from an opposing team, but I am not so passionate to hate my sin and the lion who seeks to devour me. I do not need to dabble with sin, but it needs to be an enemy to me, not a friend. I was convicted by hearing the demon and seeing just how foolish I am when I play with and jump headfirst into sin.
As I read these verses, I am convicted to live a life that is pleasing to my Lord. A life that is truly being lived as an enemy to the evil one rather than pushing his agenda like one holding a banner at a rally. I need to put away those things which so easily trip me up, and the sin which I love more than my Savior. The Devil offers only fool’s gold where our Lord offers streets that are paved with the real stuff. The crossroads of whether we will sin or do right is ever before us, and we are commanded to be holy for He is holy. We are to cease from doing evil, and we are to purify our hearts when we sin against our God.
Whose side are you on today? Are you an enemy to the evil one, or would he pat you on the back for doing his work? Do you speak proudly of your sin or are you ashamed to bring it up? Will you put away the evil of your doings? Will you say no to temptation or will you cave in to your sinful cravings and ambitions? May we be a true enemy to that which is evil, and may we never forget who is on the winning side.