July 18, 2018
Genesis 6:5..And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
From the beginning everything that God created was good. The devil came into the garden to deceive man and since then sin entered the world through man. Sin multiplied from Adam that disobeyed God to his son Cain that murdered his brother Abel and became a fugitive and a vagabond. As the population grew, so sin multiplied exponentially that God had to destroy the earth but spared Noah and his family to begin again, because the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation” (Genesis 7:1).
Has the condition of man changed since then? Evil that is being perpetrated by man makes God to be sorry for creating man (Gen 6:6).
Jesus came to deliver us from this terrible nature of man, by showing LOVE to mankind. John 3:16 says “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. Throughout the ministry of our Lord Jesus, the Jews that were in authority in his days were so much against his teachings that they planned to kill him. His preaching centered on love, forgiveness, doing good out of a pure heart. He demonstrated that the only way to overcome evil is to do good.
The question is Can man do good by himself? Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked , who can know it?” So also Matthew 15:19 says “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, theft, false witness, blasphemies.” Therefore it takes spiritual surgery to uproot all these evil seeds in the heart of man. That is why we are advised to invite Jesus into our hearts so that he can wash us clean with his blood, and then allow Holy Spirit to take root in our heart so that our thoughts can be purified. We must consistently allow the Holy Spirit to indwell us, this will enable us to read the word of God that will continue to do the cleansing. Once the Holy Spirit takes root, then our heart is transformed and start to bear good fruits.
Many evil deeds that we experience all around us indicate so many hearts that have not yielded to Jesus Christ. God knows that unless we give our lives to CHRIST, we can not do anything good. That is why the salvation is only by GRACE not by works. We should not be surprised why millions of people are wicked because they don’t know Christ and devil is their master that directs what they do daily which is to kill, steal and destroy. But Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil ( 1 John 3:8b) and also to give us an abundant life ( John 10:10).
Prayer..Let us pray that more people will give their life to Christ thereby enabling them to do good instead of evil.