To live the more than abundant life and to be a conqueror in every single situation, you need to understand that Satan works through people.† These people can be referred to as evildoers.† We are going to try to cover every important aspect of these people.†
Be not deceived:† evil communications [associations] corrupt good manners [morals].† Ė I Corinthians 15: 33
You need to be extra sharp to recognize an evildoer.† Satan is the most deceptive being ever created and he can fool even the best of us.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.† Ė II Corinthians 11: 14
However, the more of the Word of God that you know and apply, the less he can fool you and deceive you to the point of destruction.† In fact, by knowing how he works, you can, should be, and will defeat him in every aspect of his being.† Now, I will try to keep this as simple and understandable as I can for you.† You know that I do not act like some spiritual heavy or some great apostle or disciple.† I am just like you, maybe with the exception that I know a lot more of the Word of God.† A teacher must know more than his students, but it is nothing to brag about Ė it is nothing to feel vain about.† Speaking of vanity and iniquity, we are going to go over the definitions of both of these terms.† They describe an evildoer.
VANITY -- vanity is emptiness or worthlessness.† Anything or act that is vain, futile, idle, or worthless is vanity.† Now another common meaning that most of us can identify with is where a person is excessively conceited.† So vanity has a number of meanings and they are all negative.† Most evildoers believe that they are better than everyone else and in turn, are full of vanity or conceit.† Many people that you meet every day are like this in many ways.† The deception is the fact that they hide it from you.† A person that acts like your good friend could be full of vanity.† It happened to me.† I lost what I thought was my best friend at one point in my life.† And believe it or not, it was when I turned to God and the Bible that this friend started to turn against me.† You see that light makes manifest darkness and that is what happened with this situation.† My friend was always vain to a certain extent, but I learned to put up with it.† When it came to the Word of God, I put up with it no longer and we parted our ways and I have never seen that person again.† Letís move onto another quality of an evildoer and that is iniquity.
INIQUITY -- iniquity, to some extent, is very much like vanity.† Iniquity is a lack of righteousness or justice.† It is wickedness.† It is a wicked unjust or unrighteous act.† In other words, it is the opposite of what the Word of God teaches.† It is sin and so is vanity.† An evildoer, as we will see from the Word of God, is someone who operates vanity and iniquity as a way of life.† By making this aware to you, it is my heart that you are able to more clearly and quickly recognize an evildoer.
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:† -- Job 8: 20
It may appear that the wicked will prosper, but in the long run he will be destroyed by the god that he worships.† When you strive to be perfect in this life by applying Godís Word, God will never leave you or cast you away.† He will never forsake you no matter what the circumstances appear to be.† I have experienced this time and time in my life.† Many times we seem to lose patience with God because God knows the exact moment in time that something should be done.† So donít faint in your mind and never give up because God is there and Heís going to help you when Heís got the adversary just where He wants him.† Just today, I have a person making a lot of noise by tearing down a garage that was burnt to a crisp by his own god.† I could not get started on this teaching until today.† God felt that today was the day to nail the adversary to the wall.† Already I feel much better about doing this teaching and any noise that I hear I can just about hear it.† Iíve got heavy plugs in my both ears and a moderate static coming out of one of my huge Sony stereos.† It is comfortable for me and Iím enjoying putting this teaching together for you.† This website has been under some criticism lately because it is made only for certain believers and not for everyone.† The people who want to believe in religion and television preachers that make no sense and avoid important subjects like Jesus Christ is not God - if these people want to go to hell, itís their prerogative.† Did you ever meet someone who criticizes something that you do and they know nothing about what you do?† This is Satan.† This is what he does.† Donít react.† Let me bring up a positive subject about what we should be thinking about, even though we are surrounded with negative situations.† God says the following:
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.† Ė Colossians 3: 2
The word affection means what we are to think on.† God wants us to think on spiritual matters Ė thatís what the word above is referring to.† In contrast, God does not want us to think on things of the earth.† In the book of Corinthians, it is clearly stated that the devil is the present god of this world.† So if you are thinking on and concentrating only on the things of the earth, did you are thinking about what the devil wants you to think about.† And in turn, you become an evildoer.† So think on things of God and do not think about things of the earth.† Let me go to a powerful Scripture in Philippians. †This verse is more involved, but yet when it concludes, it tells you exactly what you should be thinking on.† Letís go to the verse.† Itís one that you should be familiar with.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are† honest, whatsoever things are †just, whatsoever things are †pure, whatsoever things are †lovely, whatsoever things are †of good report; if there be† any virtue, and if there be† any praise, think on these things.† -- Philippians 4: 8
Could God make it any clearer?† These are the types of thinking that we must renew our mind to until it becomes habitual in our lives.† True Ė honest - just Ė pure Ė lovely Ė and of good report.† I challenge you to try your very best to think like the above Scripture exhorts us to think.† You will absolutely begin to feel better about everything in your life.† It takes a renewed mind effort.† The Word says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.† That means that you can do this and there is no excuse not to.† By thinking in this manner, you push away the evildoers because they cannot stand light when they are full of darkness.†† Light always dispels darkness.
Although all of the Word is positive in its teaching.† I wanted to place some of Godís Word in the middle part of this teaching on evil doers.† You may have been wondering how you are going to defeat these evildoers.† Above, you have two Scriptures that give you guidance on how to accomplish this.
In Job 8: 20 above, God says that He will not help the evildoers.† God may love everyone but He can only do what a believer believes he will do according to His Word.† It all boils down to that simple statement that you all have heard before.† What a person gives out will come back to them.† Some people call it Karma.† Some people say that what goes around comes around.† I like to say it like the Word says.† Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.† Another way it was put to me one time before I knew anything about the Bible, it was said to me by a girlfriend who I did a terrible thing to.† She walked by me and I could still remember where I was and I could still remember the weather that day.† She looked at me and she said ďEvery dog gets their day.Ē† I never forgot that statement because it came true.† If it werenít for Godís Word, I donít believe I would be here today.† By the way, that old girlfriend stayed away from me all her life.† So you pay for what you do wrong whether you believe it or not.† It can happen in a day a month, or 40 years, but you will pay for the wrong that you have done.† Can you imagine what an evildoer goes through as they get older?† What can I say?† You all know what I mean and I bet every one of you has gone through something similar to what I just described.† I admit that I am a romanticist and always have been.† I think there is nothing more beautiful in this present world as a man with his maid and it says so in the Bible.† I could never understand and still cannot as to why two people that were involved with each other do not talk and have no communication and go out of their way to avoid each other.† It makes no sense.
God will never turn his back on a righteous man, but He will not help the evildoers.
You should have heard by now that in many parts of the New Testament, we are not to fellowship with evildoers.† Light cannot fellowship with darkness.† Letís take a look at Psalms at some more of what God has to say about the evildoer.
I have hated the congregation of the evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.† Ė Psalm 26: 5
God hates the congregation of the evildoers.† He will not sit with the wicked.† God is saying that He will not fellowship with darkness because He despises the congregation of evildoers.† This is hard for some people to understand.† God can still love the evildoers.† But he is not going to associate with them.† Many times on our every day jobs, we have to work with some people who are truly evildoers.† I learned to smile and excuse myself from this type of person and get away from them.† They do not have the Spirit of God inside them.† That makes you wiser and smarter in every single way than that person.† You can appear to get along with a certain person, and that person doesnít even know that you are aware of their presence and actions.† This takes some time and some practice on your part.† Why am I teaching this?† Because I tried to reason with this type of person for many, many long years of my life.† I brought nothing but aggravation and defeat to my own life because it took me forever to learn to keep my mouth shut.† It was said to me once by a very wise woman of God.† She said to me ďif a person is evil and does wrong, why should it bother me?Ē† Did you ever hear of a statement so simple but yet making so much sense?† After this, I reasoned in my mind that the statement this believer told me was absolutely true.† At one time, I thought that I could change the whole world.† But only the Word of God changes people.† And when I learned that, I never argued with another person again.† Because no one wins an argument.† I hope this sinks in for some of you.† I believe it will.
The following are some ways to counter the evildoers which is what we are interested in.†
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.† Ė Psalm 37: 1
We are not to get all upset over the antics of evildoers.† We should renew our mind not to react.† Although many evildoers prosper, it is because their god prospers them.† There is always a price to pay for this type of prosperity.† Do not be envious against these people.† Donít let them get under your skin.† Ignore and avoid them.† If you give them a reaction, that is what Satan wants.† Many times, silence is the most deadliest weapon you have against Satan.
For evildoers shall be cut off:† but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.† Ė Psalm 37: 9
Next God is making a request to us.
Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?† or† who will stand for me against the workers of iniquity?† -- Psalm 94: 16
God needs people who will stand up for Him.† He needs you.† The Word of God defeats the evildoers.† Donít be afraid to speak the Word to these people.† Be gentle for it is the gentleness of God that leadeth thee to repentance.† If they donít want to listen or believe, then get away and stay away.
Depart from me, ye evildoers:† for I will keep the commandments of my God.† Ė Psalm 119: 115
Let us now study the book of Isaiah regarding evildoers.
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters:† they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. †Ė Isaiah 1: 4
Who have these evildoers forsaken?† They have forsaken the Lord and provoked God to anger.† Itís not nice to make God angry.
The seed of an evildoer shall be profitless and worthless while a righteous man shall have eternal life.
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and† slain thy people:† the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.† -- Isaiah 14: 20
We can see that the life of an evildoer contradicts the Word of God.† Although the subject of evildoers is nothing but negative, we need to know our enemy and need to know his devices.† This is how we defeat him.† This makes it more difficult for him to defeat us.† This allows us to be more than a conqueror in everything that we do.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that [who] loved us.† Ė Romans 8: 37