You don’t have to be a Christian to feel the assault of evil in this present day and age. You don’t have to be a believer to know evil is real and tangible.
We live in a world that sucks us into it’s mire. It wraps us in bonds of ugliness, and this wrapping has layers like a mummy. Of course, as a symbol, mummies represent death.
This commonplace crassness and filth assaults our eyes and ears every day. It’s in the workplace where the most foul language is often usual practice. By the time we get home, we feel as if we need a bath. It’s in the news, on billboards, on daytime TV programs airing in the doctor’s or dentist’s office. Things pop up on our computer screen we did not expect or want. Trash rushes toward us on all sides. We can’t escape it.
The beauty of the life of the believer is that although we live in the world, we are not of it. As long as we walk in the spirit, these things fall off us and away from us. They are there, but cannot touch us. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.
If our flesh is engaged in the mire and is screaming, we can’t hear the Spirit. Believers must have “alone” quiet time with the Lord each and every day just to be cleansed and refreshed. It is vital to get with God and shut the door, even if it’s for fifteen minutes. Fifteen or more minutes twice or three times a day, even better. There is where our liberty will be.
Matthew 6: 5-6 [NASB]
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.