I was looking for something among my older facebook posts and ran across this. Since I haven't posted a blog in a while I thought I would edit it a little and bring this back by way of CrossConnected.
It bothers me when I see things spread around like "We wonder why God doesn't stop all these bad things from happening in our schools. How can He stop them? We kicked Him out of our schools." Well intentioned, perhaps, but so wrong. Such attempts to make a point totally miss THE point. This kind of thing denies the sovereignty of God.
God is not absent from our schools, our universities, or even the halls of government. He is absent from the hearts of those who reject Him, and His presence is diminished in the hearts and minds of those who trade devotion and obedience to Him for self-indulgence in whatever form self-indulgence takes. Following one's own desires from overwhelming to mildly amusing to the thoughtless and even bending to the will of another human being no matter how overbearing or persuasive, forceful or compelling they may be are all forms of self-indulgence.
Darkness is the absence of light. Where light does not exist, there is darkness. Evil is the absence of good. Where good does not rule, evil grows. God is good and where the goodness of God does not rule a person’s heart, evil takes hold.
Satan’s work is to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus came to destroy the work of Satan. The work of each begins in the hearts of mankind. A person is either being destroyed, dying, by what is in their heart, or living by what is in their heart. I'm not talking about pursuing some form of perfection in behavior. That won't happen in this life and that is not what it is about. We don't even know what such would be. Choices of the heart . . . that is where it starts. That is the beginning, or that is the end.
Choices . . . yours and mine.
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:16-19
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