And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:2 (NIV).
Not long ago I was staying at a home of a friend who has embraced evil. In rejecting God he has replaced Him with evil and invited it into his home. Now, I’ve always been skeptical of ‘haunted houses.’ They’re a Halloween gimmick and I never fully accepted the idea of evil living in one place…that is until I stayed there. I’ve never truly felt such hopelessness, such rage, terror and loneliness, such sadness in a single place as I did staying a few days in this friend’s room.
There was a sinister poster on the wall; I was told from a video game. The owner kept books about darkness there; books about hating God, about dark arts, about Satanist Aleister Crowley, about philosophy. It was as if my friend is stewing his mind in twisted ideologies to find meaning. I was told he didn’t read these things but why have them if not to use them somehow? In my way of thinking, it’s impossible to keep something this grotesque around you and not be affected by it.
“For not everyone has faith.”
I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I warned the owner of the house that they needed to face this and do something about it. And I was harshly confronted by another member of the household in an attack I can only attribute to their vulnerability to a misunderstood evil. When I left, I called my wife, overcome, and we spent the next half hour talking while I was in tears.
Have you ever encountered such a thing? I know people who have conducted real exorcisms. I have seen first-hand the result of what unabashed evil can do to a family. I once saw my own grandmother seemingly transform through her eyes, in a matter of minutes, from placidness to manic panic in a fashion I could only think of as possession. She was a woman of faith, yet evil in that moment overcame her.
I write these blog posts to, in my way, share the Gospel of Jesus with you. That’s a call I believe God put on my heart, and it’s the motivation that keeps me doing them. I know that some who read them don’t believe in Jesus, haven’t learned about Jesus, and some have even rejected Jesus. Yet God hasn’t rejected them and He sends people like me and you to them to witness with how we live our lives. The popular phrase is that believers are to be in the world but not of the world. Yet here in the world, to not be of it, we constantly need God’s help to deliver us from evil as He Himself once said. In advance of that help, we must pray.
For further reading: Romans 15:31, 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
Lord, strengthen me to stand against evil then deliver me from it.