“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Matthew 23: 11-12

The world is falling part all around us. Every way we turn we see violence or corruption consuming the souls of man. Crowds are lost in a chaotic ramble of beliefs against a system or an idea in an attempt to bring about change, but only hamper their movement with more suffering.

Violence met with violence breeds death and destruction. For it is by a calm and humble spirit that the spirit of darkness can and will be defeated. There are differences and century-long burdens that transcend all of us. Since the beginning of time, man has been fighting with one another in an effort to control the other. But what’s the root issue here? Ever since sin entered the world we’ve been broken. Our spirits and our souls, how God originally created us to be, died when sin entered the world. Harmony and peace was shattered by the lies of the devil, and it continues today.

We have groups fighting for equal rights of homosexuals, people of color or different ethnic background, or even political affiliation. We judge people based on stereotypes and enable our prejudices to control our actions, beliefs, and perspective of the world around us. We create and then believe a figment of our fantasy that is reality. But the true reality is that the roof of all this madness is a fractured image of what God breathed into us. Our true worth comes from God, not from anything or anyone. But it’s important to realize that our battle is not with one another, nor anything on the surface of this world. Our problems, our insecurities, our hurts or pains, our sorrows, our regrets, our anger and bitterness, none of it is the real burden weighing heavy on our hearts.

The truth is, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

What appears to be the source of our problem, our disdain, our mistrust, our difficulties, our thoughts, our situations and circumstances, or our [fill in the blank]; every single one is from the spirit of darkness that wants to control you and cast you into chaos and fear. But Jesus gave you authority to take dominion over the world when He created us in the Garden. And do you know who else was already there in the world? Satan. In his banishment from heaven for his desire to be worshiped like God, he was cast out to the earth. When he approached Adam and Eve, he did so in disguise and with half-truths. He attacked them where he knew he could do the most damage: their self-image.

But remember, though sin entered the world at the misguided belief of two, Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. With Christ we can break free from any curse, or thought, or prejudice, or anger, or sin that we find ourselves in. Nothing is too great for the Lord, because it is written, “I [Jesus] have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

The devil will use anything he can to get you to fall or draw you from God. He doesn’t want you to realize your true worth and for us all to live in harmony and love together. He wants us to believe in racism, sexism, unequal standards and expectations. He wants us to war against our brothers and our sisters in different cultures, races, and backgrounds. He wants us to grow up in a world where people feel that they are held down, taken advantage of, or rebuked for anything but their true nature. Satan will pitch brother against brother, mother against daughter, and siblings against siblings. He will make us see black and white instead of the color that God sees us in: Light. For satan knows that once the light falls on the darkness we find ourselves in that he will lose all control he has over us, for nothing can remain hidden in the dark when the light shines on it.

Have you felt depressed? Have you felt lost? Have you felt forgotten, abandoned, alone, mistreated, misguided, used, abused, ridiculed, and crushed? Have you lost yourself in a bout of rage? Have you judged someone by their color, economic status, or what they were wearing? Have you thought evil of your neighbor? Have you envied someone else’s things and longed for a different life? Maybe you’ve been a victim of a crime, abuse, or torture. Maybe you’re the one responsible for the abuse. No matter what you’ve done, thought, or will do, only one thing is true: your worth is defined by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. By His death and resurrection you are saved if you believe and repent of your sin.

Do not be deceived. Satan will use bad things to make you believe that God doesn’t care about you or that God is punishing you for something you did or had done to you, or that God couldn’t exist or be worth following if He allows such suffering in the world. But keep your eye on the light and the darkness cannot blind you with lies and deceit. If this does not work, satan will even manipulate the good around you. He’ll convince you that everything is perfect, that life is easy, fair, and comfortable, and that you don’t need God. Good and bad can draw you from God if you aren’t vigilant and alert.

Isn’t it ironic that we never seek God until we need something? Why do we see God as this invisible genie that answers all our wishes when we need Him? And then, when we don’t get the answer we want, when we want, how we want, or things go bad, we blame God for it. God is not the maker of evil, satan is. If you’re experiencing evil, then perhaps you’re being oppressed by that spirit. Break it with Jesus’ name!

Racism? Jesus can break that spirit of darkness.

Abuse? Jesus can heal you.

Violence? Acts of terror? Corruption? Jesus forgives and forgets.

Insecurity and self-worth? Jesus can restore the truth in your life.

Whatever it is, see it for what it is: a spirit of evil. And only Jesus can break the curse and restore your true image.