Proverbs 17:13-15 whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. He that justifieth the wicked and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? Evil is birth forth through envy, jealousy, hatred, pride, lust, blaspheme, hypocrisy and a lying spirit. Psalm 37:1 fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. What makes one evil? The preparation of the heart in man and the answer of the tongue are from the Lord. All the ways of man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weighs the spirits. We are to consider our ways and thoughts whether they are of God or not. An evil man seeks only rebellion and reaps to them self a cruel messenger that is sent against them.
How did evil become a part of our life? Good and evil was birth forth in the earth through disobedience to what God had spoken to Adam in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3:1-5 as Satan through a serpent spoke to Eve with Adam standing by what God had told them ďye shall not eat of every tree of the gardenĒ? And the woman said to the serpent ďwe may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden, God has said ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye dieĒ. The serpent being more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made spoke again and said ďye shall not surely die; for God know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evilĒ. When Eve ate nothing happened; he had beguiled her. She in turn gave to Adam of her hand to eat and seeing nothing happened to her, he did eat too. Satan was able to deceive Adam using Eve because he knew God and knew that nothing would happen unless he could get the head to disobey God. God has order and does not deviate from that order; man first.
Evil means we are morally bad or wrong; wicked, and depraved of Godís Spirit. This results from or is based on conduct regarded as immoral and it causes trouble, misery, and pain which brings forth harmful and injurious results. It is offensive and disgusting. Evil threatens and brings forth misfortune that is disastrous or unfortunate. Evil is anything morally bad or wrong and covers wickedness, depravity and sin. It means we have taken on the attributes of the evil one, Satan the Devil and left Godís precepts. When we fail to obey God we submit our mind to evil. We do malicious or wicked acts; we habitually put evil interpretations on innocent things as Satan did with Adam and Eve. He made evil what God had said to them to deceive them but they gave him an ear; we cannot entertain anything other than what God has said to us.
Satan caused man some problems; he caused us to be deserted by our Master in that we were expelled from the Garden of Eden; manís state of happiness. He caused man to abandon God and forsake his Spirit; righteousness, peace, holiness, purity and innocence. For the first time man felt abandoned by the Father being stripped of his Spirit; empty and naked. They realized for the first time that they neglected and failed to do what God had told them. They were careless in handling what God had entrusted in their care. He had given them one command and they were careless or negligent in attending to the task and then tried to place the blame somewhere else. When we will not be responsible for our actions we set forth evil in our hearts; we devise a cover up plan. The first family didnít properly handle the situation for they were first covered now they needed a covering. When we are not properly covered by the blood of Jesus Christ we will do anything. When we are not Spirit filled, Spirit led, and Spirit controlled we will do anything. Evil is as evil does it has no particular person or group. Evil uses whosoever submits them self to it.
When we are firmly directed and fixed on doing wrong we possess a spirit of evil. When our earnest expectation and intense desire is to hurt or see others hurt we are evil. When someone rewards us with good and we respond mean and ugly we are evil. When someone returns your love with hatred they are evil. Whosoever reward evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house Proverb 17:13. Saul returned to David in I Samuel 19:1, 4, 5, 10 evil for his love and respect towards him. David returned to Uriah evil (after taking his wife) for his humble service to his country and people thereby taking his life 2 Samuel 11. Saul hated David, was jealous of him, and envious of the work God had done through David. David was Godís Anointed while Saul was the peopleís choice for King. God did great exploits in Davidís life yet David didnít realize the evil of his way when he had Uriah killed. He possessed a spirit of evil and didnít know it.
When our heart is set to sin as the woman did in Proverbs 7:10-23 we get our self in position willingly to sin with our body, our mouth, hands, and every other sense we need to get the job done. She put herself in a certain place or position to be the perfect harlot and was subtle of heart. Her husband was gone on a journey and she decided she would go out and play. She went in the streets to find her a man. She knew what she wanted; one that was innocent and unlearned. Isnít that just like what Satan did to Eve? This woman had to play the role; come out of her character to portray herself as what she put in her heart to do. This was evil in that she had a husband that she was being unfaithful to, she was breaking a covenant vow between she and he and God, and the desire she had was deceptive. She disrespected her place as a wife. She flattered him with her much fair speech and caused him to yield with the flattering of her lips she forced him. She was a liar all around. She had submitted herself to evil which was conceived in her heart to do.
When we submit ourselves to evil he brings in with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first Matthew 12:45. Satan awaits a vessel to open up and allow him to come in and run rampant in their lives. When our bodies, the house of God has been cleaned of sin Satan never gives up on gaining an entrance in again. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walk through dry places seeking rest, and finds none Matthew 12:43. An evil spirit seeks for rests too just like the Holy Spirit gives rests. Satan can never find the rest he once had in the Heaven so he doesnít want us to have rest either. We took his place in the heart of God and he doesnít like it so he seeks to destroy our soul through lies and deception. John 10:9-10 the thief cometh but to steal, kill, and destroy but Jesus said I am come that thou mayest have life and have it more abundantly. The life Jesus is speaking of doesnít consists of things but joy, peace, and righteousness in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). Guess what? Satan desires and misses Heaven to, donít be deceived.
The Jews put Jesus to death not because he was holy but they wanted to be him in every sense of the word. They were jealous of him, envious of his teaching ability, the Anointing upon his life and every work that God had wrought in him. He spoke to them of their customs and traditions and the laws they kept yet the Law of God was neglected in the area of fulfillment. They didnít like his honest approach with the Word of God. Matthew 12:14 the Pharisees went out and held a council against Jesus, how they might destroy him; look at Satan at work to tear down the Word of God and his Works. Jesus disciples ate corn on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-4), wrought miracles healing (Matthew 12:10-17), giving sight to the blind, casting out devils and the dumb spoke (Matthew 12:22), and when the Pharisees heard it they called Jesus Beelzebub the prince of the devils. They possessed the Devil but their evil hearts and prideful spirit would not allow them to accept who Jesus was.
Many recognize what God has invested in you and will do whatever is necessary to keep you bound that not your work come forth but Godís. They donít realize that when they are trying to bind you up itís not you at all. This is evil for every kingdom divided against itself; is brought to desolation and every house divided against itself; cannot stand. Jesus told them that Satan would never cast out Satan for he would never go against his own self. Satanís battle (conflict) is with God, not man thatís why God tells us in his Word that the battle is not ours but the Lordís (I Samuel 17:47). It is God that through his Spirit strengthens us through Christ (his Word) to do battle with the enemy of our soul. We must however depart from evil and God will give our soul peace from the battle. This is not a battle that require physical strength per say but we must develop and have a sound strong background in his Word; for Satan flees from the Word. He is a mean evil defeated foe.
We must have a consciousness of evil working in us and repent our ways. Luke 18:10-14 two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. We canít be so overly sure of our religion that we cannot see the evil of our ways. While one man was humble and repented the other was prideful. He was puffed up in his own heart to be more than the next man. He didnít take into consideration that he stood before a Holy God that required him to have love for his neighbor and not be puffed up. If a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself alone. Esteem others more than oneself and keep a lowly perspective of yourself!
Paul later on said in Romans 12:3 I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. The Pharisee talked so exceedingly proudly and arrogance came out of his mouth. The wicked in his pride will persecute the poor and this man wore a chain of pride around his neck and more than likely walked with a high look. How dare he think that God would hear him and not the Publican! Roman 12:16 mind not high things but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. This Pharisee learned what to do and how to do but he let it go to his head. He as the other Pharisees didnít like the fact that Jesus this little carpenter son could not in fact be the Son of God. We cannot think of men more highly than we ought; we canít put one another higher than Christ otherwise we find ourselves in deep trouble with God. We make men idols!