Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Spiritual struggles we face

Rev. Bertram Bobb, Tribal Chaplain

February 2014

Do you know we are engaged in a battle as an individual? Yes, we are engaged in a gigantic warfare. We are in a spiritual struggle; we are engaged or involved in this warfare between God and His angels and Satan and his demons. You are either on the battlefield for God or you are on Satan’s side. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad,” (Matthew 12:30.)

We must have a strong aggressive Christian who lives Christ seven days a week and one who is ready to die, if necessary, for his faith. We need Christians who are honest, bold, strong and devoted followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our newspapers continue to carry stories of dishonesty and immortality. Even pastors are being freely quoted as approving sexual immorality. You know we are living in a day of “permissiveness.”

Isaiah the prophet said, in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe unto them who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

I believe this is our problem today. Confusing evil with good. That was Adam and Eve’s problem. If evil were made to appear good then there would be no such thing as temptation.

God through Isaiah says, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil.” God has not changed. His standards have not been lowered. God still calls immorality a sin and He is going to judge it.

Honesty was once a goal of character. But today it has been set aside with an “it’s all right if you don’t get caught” mentality.

Satan is very clear. Evil worms its way into our lives by appearing very harmless.

How do we get into this problem of getting our good and evil so mixed up? How do we fall into this trap of Satan? For one thing, people are looking for happiness, and they are looking for these so-called short cuts to happiness. You know, like these get rich quick schemes. Of course Satan, who controls the flesh, uses the satisfying of the flesh as happiness. The lust for pleasure causes people to think of evil as good.

And it’s so easy to excuse ourselves. How easy is it to place blame on others. Adam said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat,” (Genesis 3:12) How many other people will say, “I did nothing that a thousand other people would not have done.” It’s easy to excuse ourselves. We call evil good. Well, how can we get the confusion of calling evil good and good evil straightened out?

There is only one way. We must turn to God and His Word. The Bible teaches that we are possessed of a nature that wars against us, a nature that seeks to destroy us.

Paul said, “I find in me a law that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”

Evil is present to clearly disguise itself as good. Evil is present to control us. Evil is present to deceive us. Man without God sees evil as good and good as evil. That is why some people love evil and hate which is good, they are still in their sins. For them, their life’s values are confused. Paul found the cure. He found the answer on the Damascus road. He met Jesus.

Before his conversion Paul saw Jesus Christ as the greatest evil and “breathed out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord,” (Acts 9:1.) But after he encountered Christ on Damascus road, he loved that which he so fervently hated. At last he could see evil as evil and good as good, and according to Acts 9:18, “There fell from his eyes as it were scales.” His values were straightened out because of his nature had been changed by the Grace of God.

Jesus can do the same for you. When Paul heard the voice he said, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” Jesus Christ is calling you out of a world of delusion and deception in which evil is called good and good is called evil.

You must have a Damascus road experience. You must have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It could happen to you today. You can say “yes” to Jesus Christ. Your life’s values will be reversed. They can be changed until you call good good and evil evil.

Today, right now, will you confess, confess means to agree, will you agree with God that you are a sinner? Agree with Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior by faith?

Pray for America, pray for our men and women in the Armed Forces.