Sinister SwayingsJanuary 30, 2007
Matthew 13:19 “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside.”
II Corinthians 2:10-11 “To whom ye forgave any thing, I forgave also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
This initial paragraph is somewhat off the topic but in writing down the above passage of scripture, I included verse ten which is very telling. In it, the apostle Paul is talking about forgiveness among brethren. Ill-feelings. schisms, and all manner of bitterness can spring up when there’s discord between saints. Such discord gives Satan leverage and a platform from which to launch a barrage of lies. Wispering into the ear such things as “they”re judging you.” Or how about “you don’t have to put up with being treated like this.” The falsehoods abound as the accuser of our brethren makes full use of the few remaining moments before he is cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years and finally into the lake of fire where the beast and false prophet have been waiting. (This is way off topic, but during the millenial reign of Christ, the beast and the false prophet are the only two entities in the lake of fire. All others who rejected the truth are cast in after the millenial reign as is the accuser of our brethren.)
I can remember as though it were yesterday, the first lie that I heard as a new christian. I gave my heart to Jesus in September of 1983 at around 11:30 in the morning. During the course of that summer, the Lord had used Teresa’s (the girl next door) aunt and uncle to begin softening my heart. By September, I knew full well that I needed a Savior and it was that particular morning that I was sitting on the edge of my seat, hanging on to every word that the preacher was saying. I gave my heart to Jesus that morning, and became a new creature. “Seconds afterwards” a thought popped into my head which seemed to make sense. The thought was along these lines. “This is just a fad. Give it a couple of days. You’ll never be able to live like those people.” This lie did the exact opposite of what it was intended to do. It was almost audible; or so it seemed in its forthrightness, and I detrermined in my heart at that moment, with conviction, that this wasn’t going to become “just another fad.” That September morning forever changed the course of my life and today I am eternally grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ who began a long painstaking work in the heart of this ever so confused teenager.
We live at a time in which the world is being prepared to receive the big lie; that being of a false messiah (antichrist)who will seem to have all the answers. Those who know not God will find this guy irresistable as he brings about world peace, has the answer to all of the societal woes and is authenticated in the hearts of many by false miracles. These lying wonders will seem to verify that this guy is, without a doubt, the one who will truly bring about global enlightenment. To those who rejected the truth, he will seem to be the real deal (who can make war with him?) Anyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ will be perceived as “the problem” because they stand in contrast to the way of “better living through ourselves”
Another side note. True miracles are very real as the gifts of the Spirit are very much at work in these last days. They will always lead to deliverance and the name of Jesus Christ will always be glorified. On the other hand, the false signs that the enemy will perform have but one purpose; that being to put on a show and cause the undiscerning to follow along. They will offer no form of deliverance; only empty promises. Discernment is a must; not a luxury.
Hebrews 5:14 “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
(Note the words “by reason of use”)
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your rememberance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Our problems as saints, reside in the little lies that sneak in unawares. They can take on the form of an erroneous teaching, thoughts of unbelief, ideas which place undue emphasis upon earthly things, any kind of a deception that will cause us to drift a little. (It will always be “a little” at first) The father of lies is a masterful manipulator of emotions and he knows exactly when to launch a lie as to give it the optimal chance for success. This is just one of the many reasons that sober-mindedness is an absolute must. If we let our guard down for a moment, that’s the moment that Satan has been waiting for.
Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
We all must be ever watchful of little roots of carnality which, once they get going can be like handing the enemy a loaded pistol. Any self-serving motivation, spiritual pride, a puffing up of ourselves in our own eyes, any of these things can give the enemy a prime opportunity to enter the camp and run amock. While living in Virginia, I fellowshipped with a “holiness church” for a while. They seemed to really love the Lord and lived a clean life. After being there for a while, however, I began to see the incredible amount of bickering and spiritual pride present in their midst. An incredible amount of carnality with a “holiness” label on the outside. I’m always leary when folks begin labeling themselves as opposed to lifting up the Lord Jesus Christ. Spiritual pride is like a weapon of mass destruction concerning such matters.
The thought that I’ve really wanted to get to, despite taking every back alley to arrive, is the lie of doubt. There are many people in our lives whom we love dearly, but they have kept themselves out of the household of faith. You keep them in prayer and this “thought” will come by that you’re wasting your breath on this one or that one. If we could only grasp the incredible power of fervent prayer and why the enemy does everything in his power to cause discouragement. When folks are on your heart and you don’t see anything happening, it’s very tempting to allow discouragement to set up shop. This is simply more reason to pray for them all the more fervently. This has been a point of continual warfare in my life as it’s a situation that really hits home.
I need to wrap this up. It’s so much easier to write in the morning when the facilities are awake as opposed to after work when things are shutting down. This post is only intended to bring attention to the pitfalls of deception that are everywhere. We have to be ever so vigilant in making certain that we’re walking in the Spirit at all times. There’s a spirit of ease and slumber in the land. We must give all diligence to stay awake and be watching always. I’ll close for now but, as usual, here’s two familiar verses.
Mark 13:37 “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”