Revelation 12:11 CEV “Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives.”
If I asked, “What did Jesus warn about the most that would mark His return?” many of you would say: Deception. And you would be right. But how many of us are heeding the warning? Our time is the most deceptive in human history!😳 We all get tricked and fooled sometimes. If you think it can’t happen to you you are already deceived. You are under a spell.
Knowledge alone can’t save us from being hoodwinked. Eve quoted God’s command not to eat from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil right to the serpent in the Garden. (Genesis 3:2-3) She had knowledge, yet she still ate.😳 She was deceived the Bible says. (1 Timothy 2:14) Adam had this knowledge too. He still ate as well. What will keep us from being tricked by the Devil? Love and Obedience: doing what God says regardless of perceived negative consequences.🤔 (John 14:23-24)
The Devil loves to plant bad assumptions in our heads for obeying God: “If you follow that command too strictly this or that bad thing will happen to you and/or your family, and you won’t be able to get what you want. You must do what you feel and bend the rules a little bit. God understands.” Nope, God does not understand! That’s a lie from hell. Whenever you and I feel like this it’s a trap. It’s a whisper from the Devil. Even if obeying God costs us our physical lives we still have eternal life.😊 Nothing short of that can be all that serious to throw away our relationship with God. The Devil is tricking us if we believe we have to disobey God in order to get what we want. This is a deception.
A certain deception is coming to the whole world that will damn people FOREVER! (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12) This is nothing for lovers of God to fear but we must still be vigilant. Remember, Jesus said that GREAT DECEPTION would mark our time. It behooves us to be extra careful for our enemy walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (through deception).
1 Peter 5:8 KJV “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
Parents, is it time to start or continue having certain conversations with our children, to help them remain vigilant? Of course not to scare them, that’s not our intention, but to help them get ready for possible scenarios. Then if these should come about they won’t be so panicked because they were mentally and spiritually prepared. Church, is it time to start or continue to have frank talks with one another about eternal life after physical death; strengthening one another in the faith we have in the resurrection hope?😁 For the same reason as stated above?
Remember how God’s word says we overcome our enemy:
Revelation 12:11 CEV “Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. THEY WERE WILLING to give up their lives.”
I strongly encourage you and me not to be afraid or sad. We serve the God who not only sees the beginning to the end, He is the beginning and the end; He is the Alpha and the Omega! We need not worry. Our God is in full control!😁
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Isaiah 8:11-13 NET “Indeed this is what the Lord told me quite forcefully. He warned me not to act like these people: 12 “Do not say, ‘Conspiracy,’ every time these people say the word. Don’t be afraid of what scares them; don’t be terrified. 13 You must RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORD OF HEAVEN’S ARMIES. He is the one you must respect; he is the one you must fear.”
What great advice. If you read the context of the above passage (read Isaiah chapter 8) you will see there was impending doom coming on the people. It was sent by God Himself because of their rebellion. Destruction, great fear, darkness, anguish, hunger, etcetera was prophesied to come as a result of their apostasy. And when the people would become hungry and are starving God said they will look up to heaven and curse Him. Not look down on themselves and curse their unfaithfulness and curse their rebellion. (Isaiah 8:21) Sounds familiar?🤔
Revelation 16:8-11 NET “Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people with fire. Thus people were scorched by the terrible heat, yet THEY BLASPHEMED the name of GOD, WHO HAS RULING AUTHORITY OVER THESE PLAGUES, and they would not repent and give him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that darkness covered his kingdom, and people began to bite their tongues because of their pain. THEY BLASPHEMED THE GOD OF HEAVEN because of their sufferings and because of their sores, but nevertheless THEY STILL REFUSED TO REPENT of their deeds.”
God told His faithful prophet Isaiah not to fear what everyone else was fearing, and not to call a conspiracy all that they called a conspiracy. Only fear God Isaiah was told, and it’s what we’re being told today. There are so many conspiracy theories out there about what’s going on. Some of the information is true, but it is, “GOD, WHO HAS RULING AUTHORITY OVER THESE PLAGUES,” not the Illuminati, or any secret society. (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 Isaiah 45:7)
Death, doom, darkness, anguish, great fear, mourning, fire, and famine has been prophesied throughout scripture to come upon the wealthiest parts of the world in the last days. (Revelation 18:8-11) Why? For the same reason it happened in Isaiah’s day: mankind’s great rebellion against God. You don’t keep giving the middle finger day after day year after year to The Creator Of Heaven And Earth and expect nothing to happen.🤔
You and I dear church need to FEAR GOD AND GIVE HIM GLORY! And fear nothing else! Acknowledge, “GOD, WHO HAS RULING AUTHORITY OVER THESE PLAGUES.” Recognize the time of the end we are living in, it was foretold long ago. (Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, Luke chapter 21) Now it is here!😊
Luke 21:28 NET “But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”😃
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Proverbs 2:14 KJV “Who REJOICE TO DO EVIL, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked.”
Proverbs 6:14 KJV “Frowardness is in his heart, he DEVISETH MISCHIEF CONTINUALLY; he soweth discord.”
Cunning is the talent of the weak, lazy, froward person. Do not underestimate them just because you can easily see through them. They are ALWAYS plotting evil ALL THE TIME. They are always planning someone’s downfall, especially the righteous. They use artful evil tricks because they are weak and lazy; they have no other power. I’ve met people with noticeable physical and mental disabilities who were the most wicked people ever! Oh how they know how to play the victim role; the, “feel sorry for me,” game in front of others. They grated folks while nobody was looking hoping to get a retaliatory response so that when others did look they would say, ‘Why is he/she picking on that weaker person?’🤔
The perverse, weak, lazy person has no real power which is why they must solicit the services of others in their attacks. They may be weak and lazy but they have experience at mischief and deceiving others. DO NOT underestimate them. And .…..
When you and I retaliate in anger at the wicked oddly enough they look to be in the right. We’re the ones whose hot anger is on display. No, no one saw what he/she did or said to you first. All they see is us throwing a tantrum. This makes the wicked person rejoice inside. Sometimes they’ll even look at us with an evil smirk once they’ve gotten us all riled up; “Mission accomplished, all too easy,” is what they say to themselves. But we don’t have to play and lose at that game. Remember, the person who responds in anger loses:
James 1:20 NIV “Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Proverbs 15:1 NIV “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Ephesians 6:12 KJV “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”👽
THE UNSEEN ENEMY
One of the first steps to dealing with any problem is being able to see the problem. You and I aren’t simply dealing with wicked human beings here. We are battling evil, wicked, unseen spirit forces!👽 These are the main reason why we should never underestimate our enemies. The people are merely puppets of these unseen evil forces. Once we recognize this sleight of hand it becomes easier to deal with contentious people, because we are aware of what’s going on. The Bible says, ‘The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger.’ (Proverbs 19:11)
We may even find ourselves praying for our human foes as Jesus commands us to. Then our reactions to the goading of our enemies becomes totally different, totally opposite of what they were expecting: WRATH! In fact our foes become bewildered and blown away by the fact that their voodoo isn’t working on us; they can’t make us mad.😡 This brings praise to God as our mild tempered conduct witnesses to them and others. It shows them and others that God’s power is way more powerful than their wicked influences. Some figure out exactly why their witchcraft isn’t working on us: JESUS!😊
Matthew 5:43-48 NET “You have heard that it was said, ‘ Love your neighbor ’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, LOVE YOUR ENEMY and PRAY FOR THOSE WHO PERSECUTE YOU, so that you may BE LIKE YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”😊
It is demons who are behind wicked, annoying human beings. It is mainly they who are trying to get us to NOT, ‘BE LIKE OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.’ See the trick?👽 If they can use human puppets and get us to hold grudges, live in anger, unforgiveness, wrath, hatred, etcetera, they win! (Matthew 6:14-15) They have successfully gotten us to throw away our own souls. Let’s be smart. Let’s ‘BE LIKE OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.’ Let’s have mercy on people who have been taken captive by the devil, hoping that God will grant them repentance and salvation. (2 Timothy 2:25-26) The reward is oh so great.😊
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