Do you feel like you are being pulled in several directions all at once? Do you find that you are often having an internal argument with yourself, trying to decide what is best? Do you fight your inner desire to do evil versus doing good? Are you feeling the tug of war going on between your physical desires and your spiritual desires?
We are pulled in many different directions by multiple priorities and people. Some of those are good and some are temptations to do what we know we shouldn’t. The inner battle can be very challenging and sometimes debilitating.
We don’t typically look at these tugs of war as good versus evil. We so often want to deny the evil that is all around us. We don’t want to face the fact that evil is pulling us away from God. We want to believe we are in control and we are doing what is right.
We are told very plainly in Scripture that evil exists in this world and is constantly pulling at us, tempting us to do what we shouldn’t. It is this same evil that puts the selfish behavior in our minds, which leads us to behaving negatively toward others. It is what causes us to be angry, stingy, use what is meant for good to do bad.
It is very easy for us to turn our innate instinct to protect ourselves into complete selfishness, turning us against all others without even realizing it. We see it all around us and often complain about a person behaving in such manner. Yet we don’t see that we are also behaving in the same way.
It takes a conscious effort to realize we are allowing evil to tempt us and succeed in pulling us away from God. It takes looking at ourselves honestly to see where we are being pulled away from what we know is right. It takes commitment to submit to God, asking Him to take the temptation away and make the change in us.
We must open our eyes and see evil for the evil it is. We are called to live a righteous life. God’s love is bigger than we can imagine, and He is patiently waiting for us to make a commitment to Him. Yet He is also just. He will deal out punishment, if we are unwilling to make the change.
I pray each one of us will open our eyes and see evil for what it is. I pray we all submit to God’s calling, asking Him to make the change in us we need. I pray we all feel the pull of evil and resist it with the power of God. Resist temptation. Submit to God. Ask God to transform you. Flee from evil. Do what is right.
James 1:13-15 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.