by Pastor Tim Burt
An evil report; is there anything worse? The doctor hands you an evil report. The girlfriend or boyfriend says they want to break it off. The spouse says he or she has been in an affair. The boss says, I'm sorry but I have to lay you off. The evil report; we all hate them.
When ever I have been hit with an evil report, it has most often seemed to affect my heart in one of two ways: it has either tried to hit me like a hammer of fear or cover me like a blanket of disappointment. Either of these emotional states is absolutely unacceptable to me. They might come but I will not allow them to stay. Why? Because as a child of God I am not one without hope and the evil report is not the end of the story.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NKJV) says, "For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
Salvation means to be saved - to be delivered from the power of enemies or evil circumstances. To receive aid, health, welfare, prosperity, and victory. This is what happens when we let today be touched through belief and faith in what God speaks to our heart through His Word. It becomes "a day of salvation" - a day when we allow God to bring help, aid, health, prosperity and victory to our lives. If is for this reason that I do not let an evil report become that which will govern my emotions or destroy my faith.
God tells us things like "today is the day of salvation" - a day in which we can be helped by God against evil circumstances and watch God turn what was meant for evil be turned for good! Today can be the beginning of that turn but that depends on what we choose to believe. Will we believe the Lord? Will we believe the promises of His Word? The Lord reiterates that point in Isaiah 53:1 (NKJV) saying, “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" He was talking about two things when He said this. Who will believe in Jesus and who will believe in the promises of God?
When times of an evil report come, whose report are you going to believe? Are you going to let the evil report melt your heart and cause you to fall apart or are you going to remember that you are a child of God and that "today is your day of salvation?"
When you are facing an evil report it might seem devastating or at least extremely disappointing. You may momentarily be stricken with shock or grief but, that is when you need to remember who you are in Christ and say out loud "God is my salvation - today.!" His report is the report of the Lord. It's His report I believe. He will help me in my time of trouble – today! I may not see all that He is doing but I have the right by faith to ask and believe what Psalms 46:1 (NIV) says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." I believe His report! “Don’t stop there; thank Him for these things with GREAT sincerity. It will lift your heart immediately! Do so every time you feel that report trying to touch your heart and emotions. Know that this is not the end of the story, but God turning this evil for good is!
That is what the Lord is saying when He is revealing we have a "day of salvation." That begins with receiving Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior but that is just the beginning. He is your help today! So, whose report will you believe? Will you let your heart melt? Will you let fear and discouragement push you into despair and hopelessness? Will Satan defeat you with an evil report and get you to quit? Or, will you know your God and will you let today be your "day of salvation?" Will you believe His report? Will you believe His arm (His strength) is not too short to reach you? Your heart, your faith, your prayers and your words will reveal whom you believe! Believe the report of the Lord!
Psalms 98:1 (NIV) "Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His Holy arm have worked salvation and gotten him the victory."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt