“Deliver us from Evil”

“Give us this day our daily bread” Matthew 6:11
“Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 NKJV
Now same verse from the message:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the times comes.”
“Exhort one another DAILY, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

We all have watched and heard the unfolding of the tragedy that has taken place at Virginia Tech. We are watching daily the loss of lives that happen almost daily in Iraq on behalf of our Nation and other Nations. Our communities are losing young men and women both in war zones and at home. Hebrews 3:15 says, “Today, please listen, don’t turn a deaf ear…”

First, we offer our thoughts and prayers for those that died and those that have been injured and their families and friends at Virginia Tech this week. Also, for the ones that die daily and the injuried in Iraq, and the other war zones that are raging in the world today.
We are seeing families and communities turn to the One that is there for them in the time of crises, God and His Church. We saw this after the tragedy of September 11, and we are once again seeing it. I am so reminded how our Nation has a President that is not just a figure head in the house of God but is a believer in Jesus Christ and His teachings. President Bush prays daily, attends church regularly and seeks answers for our Nation and the world. I understand that we do not at times or are not in total agreement with all his policies. That’s OK.
But, we know that shortly thereafter the tragedy of September 11, the houses of God were back to where they were before. The people were gone. Maybe some stayed faithful, I hope so.
I heard a young girl at Virginia Tech that just lost her best friend say that she did not have the skill to deal with grief. Where is the family, church, community on a daily basis in their teaching, preaching, praying? Are we as parents taking our children to church and participating in church with them? Teaching them daily at home the life, death and ressurrection of Jesus? Or, are sports, movies, and other activities taking the place of God’s community of believers? The church has just celebrated the life and death of Jesus as we gathered for Easter services. Did we fail there to understand this grief? Did or does the Bunny take His place in our lives?
I do not want you to think that I am not very sensitive to each and everyone that is suffering today with the loss of a family member or friend both at Virginia Tech and from the war, I am very concerned and lift my voice with the Church in prayers for all. I also lift my voice of great sorrow with the ones that have died without faith or of other faiths. May their families receive comfort, love and support.
My thoughts here are to us, The Church. What can we do differently that will keep the fire of Hope burning in the lives of the young and the aged? How can we help our young not to turn to party each and every week and forget about worship!
I repeat our scriptures here:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the times comes.”
“Exhort one another DAILY, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13



14 thoughts on ““Deliver us from Evil””

  1. Sara, thank you for writing these words of wisdom and exhortation. As I read the scripture Heb 3:13 in its context I thought about what you said with regard to how after tragedies we are ‘back to where we were.’ Back to unbelief, back to hardening our hearts, no real change or perserverence in holding to the faith we thought we had in the midst of the tragedy…only an evil heart of unbelief that Heb 3:12 speaks of. I saw in Heb 3:6 and 14 that we are Christ’s house or church only IF we hold fast the confidence, the steadfastness and the rejoicing of this hope firm to the end. You showed us that our President steadily role models this through his words and actions. We must also.
    You ask: ‘What can we do differently that will keep the fire of Hope burning in the lives of the young and the aged? How can we help our young not to turn to party each and every week and forget about worship!”
    I think one answer lies in your final sentence “Exhort one another daily…” (exhort: to incite by argument or advice; urge strongly; to give warnings or advice; make urgent appeals). This is speaking action…not passivity as we so much wrote about in your last blog “Study with Sara – A Beautiful Leopard”.

  2. Your right Debi, exhort – urge strongly,etc. This is what God is telling us and our nation in His Word… to focus on Him. (over and over) It is clear in the scriptures Sara has mentioned, and throughout His Word. Although the terrible tragedy happened yesterday, it was so encouraging to see the young people at Virginia Tech unite together to “exhort” and support one another; especially, in prayer. (2 Chronicles 7: 14) is a scripture that certainly supports what we are talking about. “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” I’d like to insert the notes from the bottom of my Bible here…”In chapter 6, Solomon asked God to make provisions for the people when they sinned. God answered with four conditons for forgiveness: (1) Humble yourself by admitting your sins, (2) pray to God, asking for forgiveness,seek God continually, and(4) turn from sinful behavior. Whether we sin individually, as a group, or as a nation, following these steps will lead to forgiveness. God will answer our earnest prayers.” So yes, exhort one another to keep our focus on Him.

  3. Our wonderful God has made and extraordinary provision for those who will choose love, serve and obey Him.
    As my colleagues and I commisserated the tragedy of this past week, the words of PSALM 91 rose up in me. The consolation of consolations is Psalm 91. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty Whose power NO FOE can withstand. I will say of the Lord He is my Fortress and My refuge, in Him will I trust. I shall not be afraid of the TERROR of the night and of the arrow, the evil plots of the wicked that fly by day….nor of the destruction and sudden death that lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it SHALL NOT COME NEAR ME. Only a spectator shall I be, inaccessible in the SECRET PLACE of THE MOST HIGH …BECAUSE I HAVE MADE THE LORD MY REFUGE. He will give His angels charge over me to lift me up, lest I dash my foot against a stone. And because I have set my love upon the LIVING GOD, HE will DELIVER ME FROM EVIL and set me on high and never forsake me, no never!
    I shall call upon the Name of the Lord and HE will answer me in trouble and with long life will He satisfy me and show me HIS salvation.”
    What a wonderful refuge in times like these! Yes, He has promised to DELIVER US FROM EVIL if we will covenant with Him to love, serve and obey Him. Like the WORDS and ADMONITIONS on this blog especially recently in THE BEAUTIFUL LEOPARD. There are the steps and the antidotes to take for the ailing and worsening human condition. There is evil all around and like Abraham’s nephew LOT in Sodom, in the book of Genesis, it vexes our souls daily. There is danger all around. And whether we are young or middle or older, we must all answer to “roll call” when the Master speaks our Names “up yonder”.
    I thought about the young ( and not so young) victims as I searched their smiling faces on the internet. I wanted to cry for each one…smiling, completely unaware that they were about to meet their destiny. Then I thought..OH, beautiful faces, where are you now? Oh dear GOD to think that these young and not so young, perhaps were NOT in Heaven….that they had just a few short years and if they didn’t choose, like Wendy said….”we all can choose” to be faithful to the ONE TRUE GOD and HIS SON CHRIST….it’s too painful to think.
    Sara warns the church, above about finding what we must do to keep the hope burning and to incite revival and restoration.
    When I was a “baby Christian” and I read Psalm 91, I thought….”oh, we will never face that kind of terror, especially…the terror that lays waste at noonday! Not here in America!” I was very wrong and GOD IS VERY RIGHT.

  4. So true Sara every word you have written..we as a church have not held up to the standard the Lord so desires of us, the children are saying they don’t have the skill to deal with grief..and when they turn to the church because the family hasn’t taught them the church/we ourselves have been so “asleep” that we/the church don’t help…but we are waking up..and we need to stay awake and doing something…least the Lord come and find us as He did in the parable of the virgins and the lamps with no extra oil….we have the lamps lets keep the fire burning and have the extra oil in times of need…for others because it is as unto the Lord…dj

  5. “Deliver us from evil…”. That timely prayer that titles this blog of Sara’s has certainly been needed. I heard the word used in the news many times yesterday…’evil’. As Needles outlined the conditions above to seek forgiveness and that God would ‘hear our earnest prayers’, I thought how necessary that is in order to be delivered from this evil. Reading on in Hebrews 10:19 I saw where we are assured access to the Father who will hear our prayers only on the basis of the blood of Jesus as it atones for our sins. That is His grief poured out for us that Sara asked above if we had ‘failed to understand’ this past Easter season. Hebrews 10:22 says we must initiate an effort to ‘draw near’ and that it has to be with a ‘true heart in full assurance of faith’. It then goes on to address ‘evil’…”having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water “. Then we must persistently and consistently hold onto this confession and hope, and consider how to stir up love and good works (not evil) in others. Vs 25 adresses Sara’s questions above regarding whether or not other activities are taking the place of gathering and participating in the community of believers….”not forsaking the assembling of ourselves togther as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day (of His coming) approaching.”

  6. As I have read and reread this blog and comments, It was brought to my attention, some scriptures of the way we should live. I will quote from the New Century Version. Ephesians 4: 17 – 32: ” In the Lord’s name, I tell you this. Do not continue living like those who do not believe. Their thoughts are worth nothing. They do not understand, and they know nothing, because they refuse to listen. So they cannot have the life that God gives. They have lost all feeling of shame, and they use their lives for doing evil. They continually want to do all kinds of evil. But what you learned in Christ was not like this. I know that you heard about him, and you are in him, so you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught to leave your old self-to stop living the evil way you lived before. That old self becomes worse, because people are fooled by the evil things they want to do. But you were taught to be made new in your hearts, to become a new person. That new person is made to be like God-made to be truly good and holy. So you must stop telling lies. Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same body. When you are angry, do not sin, and be sure to stop being angry before the end of the day. Do not give the devil a way to defeat you. Those who are stealing must stop stealing and start working. They should earn an honest living for themselves. Then they will have something to share with those who are poor. When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need-words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you. And do not make the Holy Spirit sad. The Spirit is God’s proof that you belong to him. God gave you the Sprit to show that God will make you free when the final day comes. Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt other. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each others, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.” If we do what God is telling us here, we will certainly “exhort” one another, and there will be no room for sin to enter in.

  7. Needles, as I have read the scriptures you have quoted above from different Bibles and I have been reading and hearing about the young college student that is responsible for the shootings at Virginia Tech I have a chill of sorts in my bones.

    I am quoting just a little from the long list of the things we are reading but enough to compare to our scripture.
    “…he was picked on, pushed around and laughed at over his shyness and the strange way he talked when he was a schoolboy in the Washington suburbs, former classmates say.
    Once, in English class, the teacher had the students read aloud, and when it was Cho’s turn, he just looked down in silence, Davids recalled. Finally, after the teacher threatened him with an F for participation, Cho started to read in a strange, deep voice that sounded “like he had something in his mouth,” “As soon as he started reading, the whole class started laughing and pointing and saying, (not nice things). There were just some people who were really mean to him and they would push him down and laugh at him,”

    Our Nation needs prayer. Our homes, schools and work places needs prayer. I must say with the sadness and sorrow we all feel at this time we need to once again do as the scriptures, Needles gave us in her first comment. Not just pray but turn from our wicked ways and humble ourselves.

    (2 Chronicles 7: 14) “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

    And again, our Hebrew scripture, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden yur hearts as in the rebellion.”

    Another headline today: “The war in Iraq “is lost” and a US troop surge is failing to bring peace to the country, the leader of the Democratic majority in the US Congress, Harry Reid, said Thursday.

    “I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week,” Reid told journalists.”

    What would we do without our faith? Let us not lost Hope in the midst of trials and become passive and news reporters (unless you are one) but rise to the occasion, humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways and pray and expect to hear from heaven.

  8. I heard many things about the sad soul that perpetrated the tragedy of last week. The word autism was spoken over the airwaves by a psychologst, I believe. That is a painful and debilitating-to-the-spirit affliction for youngsters especially, that I am seeing more and more often in the classrooms around our nation. And the stigma attached to that is overwhelming for a young child. Because classmates and even teachers, sometimes, do not understand the pain attached and the havoc that social disorder inflicts on a person’s social and community life, and even within the family.
    And inevitably, the ridicule and derision that accompany this condition take a devastating toll on the “victim” of those disrespecful remarks.
    In an attempt to teach our young classroom charges respect for all people and especially for their teachers and school mates, we often use incentives, rewards to entice them to achieve a behavioral goal in the school setting (and hopeflly for life). We have “game day” rewards. We have “Popcorn” days if we reach our behavior mod goals. We gave an extra ten minutes of recess, “if we’re good”. We have M & M’s in a jar to tote points for rewards. We have STICKERS that are displayed proudly on their right or left shoulder.
    But, you know what? How many stickers can we give till the thrill is gone? How many Jolly Ranchers can we treat them to until their teeth rot in their little heads? How many hot, sweaty recesses will be enough for them to truly understand the real reward of living a good and proper life; and the sanctity of life and a heavenly world that has much richer and greater rewards than a popcorn party? SURE! We all love parties. We all love rewards. Rewards are good! BUT Without the truth of JESUS CHRIST’S ETERNAL LOVE FOR THEM, we only motivate and modify until the the M & M’s run out.
    Oh !that we could give our school children something substantial to believe in; to teach them about sanctity of one another’s lives because they are created by a GOD WHo loves them and HIS SOn WHO died for them on the cross. That we have a palpable reason…that is…. Jesus wants us to live a righteous life, little ones. He wants us to be compassionate and care for one another. He wants us to be obedient to Him because THEN we shall have the greatest ever reward in the universe. By helping to make another calssmate happh we can live a happy childhood and receive eternal life!

  9. This statement came in a flyer to remind us of “The National Day of Prayer” May 3 and to encourage all to participate. You will notice the Theme “America” Unite in prayer” with the same scripture II Chronicles 7:14 that Needles gave us for this blog. Hopefully, we all will think on this and plan to participate in some way.

    “AMERICA, UNITE IN PRAYER”: Millions Will Gather to Honor God… On Thursday, May 3, America will observe the 56th annual National Day of Prayer. Please plan to participate in this vitally important event!
    Proclamations from President George W. Bush and the governors of all 50 states will herald this landmark day, as the fervent prayers of millions of Americans in church events and public venues from coast to coast are offered to the Lord.
    This year’s theme, “America, Unite in Prayer,” comes from the promise the Lord gave us in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV): “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
    We hope this powerful promise will not only serve as a catalyst to encourage God’s people—people like you—to take prayer for our nation seriously, but that it will draw all believers closer together as we intercede corporately on behalf of our country.
    I truly believe God is calling His people to be faithful for such a time as this. If you would like more information on how you might unite with your fellow believers and citizens to intercede on behalf of our great nation, I invite you to visit the National Day of Prayer Web site.”

  10. MG, you commented from Psalm 91, thinking when you were a baby Christian “that kind of terror, especially…the terror that lays waste at noonday! Not here in America!”

    Does this not show us how much we have learned and need to learn. When we realized American is only a small spot in the world when Jesus came in the form of a baby, when He walked among us, when He died and rose again, when He allowed Americans to have the Word in the form of Our Bibles. We as a Nation should not think more highly of ourselves that we ought.

    Where are we getting most of our food, clothing and oil and on and on from? Do we define America by it’s borders? Americans are scattered all over the world both for government and business. With The National Day of Prayer approaching us in just a few days. Have we given thought to how we will pray? What we will pray? What the Holy Spirit would like to teach us about God’s children throughout the world. I realize each day that I am a spot so small that it takes God to see and know me. He is a God with microscopic skills when it comes to His children. What about one of the first songs our parents taught most of us. “Jesus Loves The Little Children of the World.” Of course most of us love our Nation, and we should. We should pay our taxes, be loyal to our Nation and all the other things that make a strong Nation. But, we have to change our hearts, minds and eyes to understand more of God and His ways.

    I am not writing this to say anything more than I am struggling to examine my motives and attitudes both in prayer and studying God’s Word. It is so vast, so deep, so wide, so high and so low, WOW it washes over me like billows of smoke.

  11. In thinking about the comments above on prayer I see that prayer is intended to go beyond our own small sphere of concern. I read in I Tim 2: 1 that we are exhorted ..”first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority …” In reading further on in the Lord’s prayer (Matt 6:10) that Sara quoted from her blog “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”. What magnitude that prayer has. Thank you for the reminder to join in the National Day of Prayer and also to think about what we are praying.

  12. Psalms 23 “The Lord is my SHEPHERD; I have all that I need. 2He lets me rest in the green meadows; he leads me beside PEACEFUL streams. 3 He RENEWS my STRENGTH. He guides me along RIGHT PATHS, bringing HONOR to HIS NAME. 4 Even when I walk through the DARKEST VALLEY(or the dark valley of death), I WILL NOT BE AFRAID, for YOU are CLOSE BESIDE ME. Your rod and your staff PROTECT and COMFORT me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My CUP OVERFLOWS WITH BLESSING. 6 Surely your GOODNESS and UNFAILING LOVE will PURSUE ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, and I will LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER.” I know we have heard Psalms 23 over and over. As I focused on each verse and really thought about it, the promise of our Lord is in each verse. The Lord will bring rest and peace to our tired bodies. He will renew our strength and our Shepherd will guide us along the right path. Even in the most difficult times of our life, even when we are face to face with death, we are not alone. We do not need to be afraid, because we are never alone, God is close beside us and he’ll get us through our tough times. He will protect us and comfort us. He is preparing a feast for us even in the presence of our enemies. He anoints us and our cups are overflowing with blessings. His goodness and unfailing love will be with us all our lives. WE WILL LIVE IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER. WOW!!!! What a promise! Guide me and Lead me my Shepherd down the right path. I want to honor you. Even when I hear about the tragedies of the world, such as the Virginia Tech. shooting, I want to focus on you Lord and honor you. My pastor made a statement today. He stated that there are 365 “FEAR NOTs” in the Bible. One for every day of the year.” He also stated that prayer is the antidote for worry. Psalms 80:3 “Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.” Focus on the Lord. We need his face to shine on us daily in this world today. We can’t afford to be “lukewarm”, not even for one day. Psalms 71:20 ” You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.” We will go through suffering but God will restore us. He will let us rest and be the peace we need during the stongest storms of our lives. He will renew our strengths. He will comfort us during and after our life storms. His love is unfailing. We will live in the house of the Lord forever. Lord thank you for this awesome promise. Thank for your peace your strength, your comfort and your LOVE. Guide us down the right path and every day let us bring honor to your name.

  13. Today is filled with so many atrocities that worrying about tomorrow could do one in. You could so concentrate on the worries that you become as cold and hard as they are. Matthew 6:34 and Hebrews 3:13 remind me of the great song:

    (Marijohn Wilkins / Kris Kristofferson)

    Cristy Lane

    Also recorded by:
    The Alexander Brothers; Judy Collins; Phil Coulter; Floyd Cramer;
    Carlene Davis; Florida Boys; Tennessee Ernie Ford; Foster & Allen;
    Bill Gaither; Don Gibson; Arthur Greenslade; Lee Greenwood;
    George Hamilton IV; Sharon Hardman.

    I’m only human, I’m just a woman.
    Help me believe in what I could be
    And all that I am.
    Show me the stairway, I have to climb.
    Lord for my sake, teach me to take
    One day at a time.

    One day at a time sweet Jesus
    That’s all I’m asking from you.
    Just give me the strength
    To do everyday what I have to do.
    Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
    And tomorrow may never be mine.
    Lord help me today, show me the way
    One day at a time.

    Do you remember, when you walked among men?
    Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below
    It’s worse now, than then.
    Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
    So for my sake, teach me to take
    One day at a time.


  14. for National Day of prayer…Im thinking of Ester and all that she did to save her people….she went to the King…humbly..and she used wisdom….and her people including herself were saved….from Hamans plans….and now…Haman(Satan) plans again to destroy the people…we(Ester)..need to use wisdom and go humbly before the King and save our people(all the people of the world)..and that includes ourself….or even if we lose ourself to save the people then so be it…right?dj

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