The world is full of suffering; sickness, death, hunger, war, abuse. You feel that you want to make a difference in the world but that you are only one person among millions of others. But did you know that the Bible says that we can actually help to end the suffering in the world?
The power to choose
In the beginning God created Adam and Eve. He gave them a free will. He gave them the power to choose.
The first human beings chose to sin – they chose to listen to the snake instead of obeying the good commandments from their loving God. They thought they knew better than God.
All suffering is a direct result of that sin. Everything on earth and in the kingdom of heaven goes according to laws. God is a righteous God, and His laws cannot be changed. One of these laws is, for example, “Pride goes before destruction,” as it’s written in Proverbs 16:18. Pride is when you think you are better or know better. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s command and ate of the forbidden fruit, the result was the start of all sin and destruction.
Something we can do
As long as Satan has power on this earth, there will be sin and destruction. Because of Adam and Eve’s choice, it became natural for all people to want to do their own will instead of obeying God.
God never wanted the world to be in such a terrible state, not then and not now. He longs to have our spirit. He calls us to Him, and if we answer, He can use us to carry out His perfect work of destroying sin in our own lives, and in this way put an end to the works of the devil.
When you give your life to God, and make a firm decision to do His will instead of your own will, a “battle” begins – a battle to end the power of sin and destruction in your own life. A battle against your human nature, which always wants to do its own will instead of God’s will. When you fight this battle, you do your part to put an end to the works of the devil – the one who kills and destroys. By fighting this battle, you do your part to overcome the root of the suffering in this world!
The result of this battle
The result of this battle is that your life becomes a blessing. When you are faithful to your decision to do God’s will you can truly say to others, “Follow me, as I follow Christ.” You overcome sin and become full of joy, instead of sinning and then experiencing destruction, over and over again. You create peace there where you are in the midst of the suffering. Your own faithfulness to God also brings a blessing to your children and the next generations.
You will be along in drying tears together with God and Jesus in the thousand years of peace, in the millennium. It’s written in Revelations that all those who have overcome sin and the power of sin in their own life while they were on this earth, will be raptured. After the rapture comes the millennium, thousand years of peace, a time where Satan will be bound, a time when you will use what you are learning today to clean up the destruction that sin has caused on this earth!
You become happy. It is sin that makes us unhappy. Obeying the laws and commandments that God writes in our hearts brings great peace and joy.
You will live and rule together with Jesus in all eternity! “I'll give those who overcome the right to sit with me on my throne.” Revelation 3:21 (NIRV).
The choice is yours
God still has all power in heaven and on earth. God is still love. And you still have a free choice. Each day, you can choose to fight against Satan and the power of sin, and your life can become a weapon for God!
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV).