WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
This morning I want to share about a hero in the bible, King Josiah. Josiah became king of Judah when he was just eight years old. A long list of wicked and evil kings had gone before him. They had worshipped other gods, set up religious prostitution, desecrated God’s holy temple, and did many other disgusting and evil things, yet Josiah was different. The bible says, “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.”
What made Josiah such a good king, one who served the Lord? The bible says that when Josiah was 16 he began to seek God. At 20, Josiah began to destroy all of the places in Judah that were set up to worship false gods. He burned the idols, then beat them to dust; he tore down the houses of the religious prostitutes. He didn’t just get rid of these places. The bible says he ‘defiled’ them. I’m not sure exactly what he did, but it whatever it was, it was disrespectful to the ‘god’ that was being worshipped. Josiah used his power and authority to fight evil. A big part of restoring the land of Judah to worshipping the one true God was destroying the idols and idol-worship that was going on in the land.
In 1 John it says,
But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil – 1 John 3:8
Jesus lived a perfect life, and loved perfectly. Part of the love of God is destroying the works of the devil. When it came to evil, Jesus was aggressive. He made a whip and beat out the money-lenders of the temple. He cast out devils. Jesus openly rebuked the Pharisees and called them sons of the devil. He certainly was not opposed to conflict.
We must do everything out of love for God and then love for people. Just like Paul and the other Christians in Acts, the love of God will compel us to utterly destroy the evil that we come across. We are not called to compromise, or simply to ignore the evil around us, but Jesus declared,
…I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. – Matthew 16:18
We have a word from the Lord. Let’s attack the gates of Hell, both in our own lives, and then out in the world. We know they will crumble before the Spirit of God!