Summary: To share that we can be better prepared and inspired to look for and battle the evil that is so prevalent in our world today.
Let me start off this morning by sharing with you a Video Clip from KWCH 12 Eyewitness News that aired last Monday.
VIDEO: “Jan Kilbourne”
-Watching this entire situation unfold this past week has been a really something hasn’t it? When things like this happen we usually feel like this only happens in big cities or in other parts of the world but the truth is, it happens here just like everywhere. We are not exempt from the evil.
You see, the truth is that evil is all around us and yes even here in small town America. You see, evil doesn't care where, when or even how for that matter. There are no rules or boundaries when it come to evil.
Thinking about the evil in our world and this particular ordeal with Jan Kilbourne has sparked a message that I feel God wishes us to receive.
I have three points to share with you this morning in the hopes that we can be better prepared and inspired to look for and battle the evil that is so prevalent in our world today.
The first thing that I noticed from the Jan Kilbourne search is that we have…
Jan Kilbourne is described very well in the news report: He was described as a white man who was 5-foot-5-inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has brown hair and a slight beard. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and biker boots.
Wouldn’t you say that an exact description of him is vitally important? I mean how in the world could we ever find him or avoid such an evil man if we have no idea what he looks like.
People need exact descriptions with most things in life in order to accomplish anything don’t we? And if we don’t have an exact description for something we usually try to make one up in order to help us along the way.
I believe we have made up a description of what Satan looks like as well. Unfortunately the red suit, horns and pitch fork are not his usual attire! If we knew his face and what he was wearing, we could easily identify him and avoid his attacks but he is among us and we don’t even know it.
II Corinthians 11:14 “Satan masquerades himself as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness…”
1. So it’s not his appearance that we need to be so focused on, rather it is his behavior. Looks can be deceiving but behavior never lies.
2. Let us never forget one very important truth! Satan can only do his work through people. He doesn't do his own dirty work as he has limited power; he seeks to influence others to do it for him.
3. That is why Paul says in Ephesians 6:12 “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” One way Satan attacks is through people, sometimes even you and even me.
Illustration: I have said it before and I will say it again: We shoot too many arrows at people, our friends, family members, and yes, even our church family and we hit nothing. We only exaggerate the problems and the real enemy, the one who is attacking us, only thrives and grows stronger.