June 9 Devotion

Those of us that live locally, recently heard the terrible news about two young people that lost their lives to gangs in Haiti. Last year there was a story about a man in France that went around a playground and stabbed multiple people. Including some very young children. And it seems like whenever you turn on national news, your are met with terrible stories around the world. Killings. Attacks. War. Even Suicide. What’s happening in the Ukraine. Actions resulting in terrible endings. Seems like evil is all around. We can’t run from it. We can’t hide from it. Evil is here. I believe there is a real battle taking place between good and evil. A battle taking place every day.

Today, Operation Black Rain will conclude. We have veterans and volunteers at the Black Rain headquarters for this event. Veterans came from different places around the country. We were even blessed to fly in a father and son combination from Puerto Rico. Both veterans. We also have a Veteran and volunteer running a booth and Galena Days. Last weekend we had an Operation T’ing Off and the Spring Women’s Retreat at the same time. Well, over 100 veterans and volunteers were on scene. At this point, you might be questioning why I mentioned these. What do these things have to do with evil? What do they have to do with good versus evil? I mention these because, good things take place at each event. Good things are going to come out of each event. Good things because the will of God is good. 

I believe that one way that we conquer evil is by doing good. Doing good is a way that we can counter attack. When evil comes at us, we conquer it by doing good. I know there are times when I get attacked, that I look for opportunities to serve. That’s how I try to defeat Satan. Satan will attack us every time he can. Often times, he attacks when good things are happening. Or are getting ready to happen. Doing what he can to stop the good. We must remember this next point. And…we tell our guests all the time, when they go home and they are on an emotional high, be ready. Satan is coming. When they are on a spiritual high, be ready. Satan is going to attack. So be prepared. Be ready. He’s coming. We also tell them to know this…when he does come, we are here. Our volunteers are here. Charlie 22 Outdoors is here. Ready to do battle against him. So today, look for chances to serve. Chances to do good. And do so, because this is how we defeat evil.

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