How to Overcome Evil With Good Instead of Being Overcome By Evil

How to Overcome Evil With Good Instead of Being Overcome By Evil

By Henry Nelson

 

 

 

Romans 12:21“Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” The other day there was an incident in my other world that caused a minor conflict with another person, because of a misunderstanding. It made me think why do people do what they do? So that is how this message came to life this week. Some events in human history impact us so greatly, that we will forever remember the circumstance surrounding where we were when we heard the news. I will never forget sitting in a classroom while in the 9th grade and hearing the reports of JFK’s assassination over the school PA system and watching my teacher Mrs. Lovings cry. Nor will I ever forget that I watched on the TV seeing smoke billowing up from the North Tower of the World Trade Center and moments later see the second plane crash into the South Tower. Those images are forever embedded in our memories. You probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news. {{more}}But today, I want to ask and attempt to answer the question that no doubt has puzzled so many since that horrific day. How can we become better rather than bitter as result of the lessons of life?Scripture in Ephesians 6:12 commands us to not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good. You should know that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. You have to overcome any tendencies to give in to discouragement, frustration or hurt. Take the offensive instead of just preceding along like robots who fail to utilize the power of God’s promise. Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” Amen! We have a choice in every situation to either be a victor or to be vanquished. Too many believers are failing to experience consistent victory over their anger, fear and self-centered responses to adversity. Jesus wants us to experience His life in all of its abundance, but too many Christians today are allowing themselves to be defeated by the world, the flesh and the devil. He, who overcomes with the good of patience, forbearance, kindness, and beneficence to those who have wronged you, is better than the mighty. Here are a few guidelines for overcoming evil with good instead of succumbing to power of evil that seeks to defeat us emotionally, mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. Instead of being over comers, many Christians are merely succumbers in Christ and in the body of believers you belong to. You have to overshadow any opposition with His mighty power. To overshadow something is to let it appear much more prominent or important. Be like Mary who learned how to let the power of God overshadow any negative criticism, misunderstanding, or misconstruing of the facts when she was told, “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:35 says, “Then the angel said to Mary, The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you like a shining cloud and so the holy offspring will shall be born of you.” Amen! You have to overlook another’s fault even when you do not want to. To overlook is to fail to notice, to ignore, and to look beyond. Proverbs 19:11 says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Learn to be bigger than any problem through the power that Christ gives you. In a day when lawsuits and people are quick to demand their rights Paul tells us that you are not to take vengeance into your hands, but leave room for God’s wrath. You are to overcome with forgiveness that will break the cycle of retaliation and lead to reconciliation. The alternative is terrible because returning evil for evil hurts you just as much as it hurts an opponent. Forgiving another person frees you of the heavy load of bitterness that defiles many. Choose to be better rather than bitter from every situation. Amen!You have to overflow with love, hope, joy and faith. The Greek word is hyperperisseuo, which means to abound more exceedingly. To overflow means to extend beyond the limits by going over the brim of vessel. David wrote, in Psalms 23:5-6, “My cup overflows.” People who allow the Spirit of God to empower them will have the spiritual resources that allow them to overflow with kindness, patience, and a harvest of righteousness.” Amen! You must overpower with Christ’s mighty power working in and through you. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” Amen! Plug in to the power source of Christ’s word, His presence and His love so you will not give in to the temptation of responding out of your flesh instead of Christ’s power in you. He who began a good work in you is able to complete it. Do not doubt, fret or get sidetracked by unimportant problems that are like insects that can be warded off with Christ’s powerful repellants. God told Zerubbabel, “Not by power or by might, but by my Spirit says the Lord. Mountains will be removed.” Amen!Do not overinflate negative pressures. Too many problems get overblown because individuals inflate the importance of a difficulty beyond their power to cope. People who allow a minor offense to be blow out of proportion are succumbing to their emotions instead of thinking objectively about their Christian responsibilities. Do not be overwhelmed by what you are up against. To be overwhelmed is to allow oneself to be over powered with emotion, burdens or excessive negative thinking. Remember that the power of Christ is far greater than any opposition force. Joseph wrote in Genesis50:20, “You meant it for evil, but God used it for good for the saving of many lives.” Amen! We all need to utilize Genesis 50:20 vision. Let us praise God for the fact that He does work all things together for good as long as we love Him. Just when you think the problems, predicament and opponents are too great for you thank God that faith is the victory that overcomes the world. 1st John 5:4-5says, “Whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious?” Amen! You should not be overly critical of evil people. Matthew 7:4 says, “Before you try to take the speck out of your brother’s eye, first remove the log from your own eye.” James4: 2-4; 6-7 says, “What is the source of conflict and quarrels among you, is it not your own desires, you want something, but do not get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Allow the Lord to determine what is best for you instead of insisting on getting what you think you deserve or want or need. Let the Lord judge people in His own way. Amen!You cannot overdo anything. Some people become so extreme in certain practices that they lose the balance of a Christ centered perspective. You must always be careful that you do not become so legalistic, traditionalistic, spiritistic or humanistic that you fail to find your balanced perspective in Christ. Luke 2:52 says, “Jesus continued to grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and men.” Amen!You do not have to understand why bad things happen. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Amen! You may not understand why certain adversity, opposition or hardships come in to your life, but all you really need to know is enough information to obey God’s Will for your life. God will find a way when there seems to be no way. He works in ways you cannot see. You cannot dwell on the negative. Resist the temptation to watch all of the TV programs that speak of the awful tragedies and the suffering and hardships of people as it tends to take your eyes off of what is true, and noble. You are to be rejoicing in the Lord and delighting yourselves in Him and trusting and committing our way to Him and then He will bring things to pass. Think about all the good things you have in Christ instead of dwelling on the part of the glass that is empty and negative. You are to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Do not hesitate to take the offensive. Remember what David said to the enemy Goliath in 1st Samuel 17:45-47, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. All those gathered here will know that it is not by the sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battles is the Lord’s and He will give all of you in our hands.” Amen! Lastly; be overjoyed in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice, Philippians 4:4says, “Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Trust also in Him and He will bring things to pass. Commit your way to the Lord and He will do it.” Be thankful for the good things you have. The good things you have are for many just a dream so be thankful for the good things you have. Rejoice always and pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus. Remember it is not by power or by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord. Then you can truly rejoice in the fact that you have not been overcome by evil, but have overcome evil with good. Amen!