Perhaps there is so much evil in the world because there is so much evil in our human hearts. That would mean that the key to reducing the evil in the world is to let the living Jesus override the evil in our hearts.
You can’t be good. You can stream the risen Jesus and let His goodness flow through you. So the next time someone tells you, “Be good,” say, “How about I let the living Jesus be good through me, instead?”
A man named Paul tried to be good, but couldn’t. Then he let the risen Jesus be good through him. (See Romans chapter 7)
Joyful holiness is not experienced by trying to be good. It comes from humbly streaming the goodness of Christ through your life.
We need more than talks about spiritual weapons. We need to train together & practice using them with one another. I want to see church become a gym where we meet to spiritually workout & train to obey the risen Jesus together. Try reading something from the New Testament with a few believers & then taking turns doing what it says.
It’s good to meet & hear teaching about the Bible. It’s also important to meet & train together in implementing the Bible and in overcoming our inner evil through spiritual warfare.
Christ is inviting people to rediscover the Greek New Testament concept of ekklesia. It’s based on 1 Corinthians 14:26. Ekklesia is emerging in the body of Christ. People are meeting to hear & obey the risen Jesus together.
A disappointment is not a reason to get depressed or to throw a fit. It’s a calling to look forward to God’s next appointment for you. Speak the truth in love. Don’t be silent, but don’t be mean.