Blog 43 / Our High Calling

Overcome Evil With Good

A good verse for us to pray in our fight against evil is Romans 12:21.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.(NIV)

When we think of spiritual weapons, such things come to mind as faith, prayer, and praise; the sword of the Spirit, the armor of God, and weapons with divine power to demolish strongholds. But Romans 12:21 shows we have another effective weapon. Goodness! “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

  The fight between good and evil is our constant battle. When we walk in the Spirit, we manifest the fruit of the Spirit. And goodness is part of that fruit. When we choose good over evil we create an environment to advance God’s kingdom and push back evil.

True goodness is not a trait of our old nature. It is the fruit and overflow of a Spirit-filled life. It is a lovely characteristic of the life of Jesus that He wants to display in us. When we choose to do good over doing evil, we stop the enemy from gaining a foothold in our lives. When we choose to do evil, the enemy can gain a foothold, and if we don’t nip this in the bud, it will likely become a stronghold.

We have endless opportunities to do good to all peoples—to those who treat us kindly and to those who don’t. When we bless those who persecute us, we are doing good. If we refuse to bless them, then a root of bitterness could spring up that will defile many.

We do good when we live in unity with one another. Allowing divisions in our teams will give the enemy a foothold. Unity won’t.

We do good when we flee temptation and deny the enemy. If we yield to temptation and fall into sin we give ground to the enemy.

We do good when we bear one another’s burdens. So too when we are kind and compassionate and when we feed our enemy.

And the list goes on. The opportunities to do good are endless.

So, choose to do good – to be good – and you will be wielding a powerful tool against evil in the world. You will not only be fighting evil, but (as our verse states) you will be overcoming evil.


Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1