If You Don’t Know God and His Word, You Will Be Deceived and You Will be Lost!
“For many are called, but few are chosen” -Matt 22:14 (KJV)
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” -Matt 7:14 (KJV)
We in America live in a culture rich with technology and material wealth. We have many freedoms although some are being stripped away even as I write this. Christians are being targeted from a broad range of sources but who is aware and even more startling who cares? It’s the political ‘left’ against the conservative ‘right’ and it’s getting uglier by the week. But why is this happening here in the land of the free where at one time men feared and respected Almighty God? The answer is simple for those that are in touch with their Bibles … the answer can be found in covert deceit and deception on an ever-widening and increasing scale. We can see the results of this in most cases but what is occurring behind the scenes … in the spiritual realm?
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven … And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” -Matt 7:21, 23 (KJV)
There is a clandestine spiritual dumbing down of Christians here in America and for that matter in many nations of the world! Why? Because Christians fail to regularly read their Bibles and pray, because they do not know the God of the Bible, because they are not taught or aware of the schemes of the Devil. And as a result they are being covertly caught in the web of his cunning and wicked snares.
This is no joke!!
I see it everywhere – in and out of church. Oh yes, many go to church, sing a few songs and hear a soft, mushy, watered-down, non-engaging, no-repentance, tickling-ear Gospel but rarely get any spiritual meat! They never hear about their sin and how you must repent in order to enter the Kingdom of God – Matt 3:2; Mark 1:15; Luke 13:1-5. In fact, many Christians or those who call themselves the same, don’t want to discuss or even talk about the Lord.
How sad is this?
Are they ashamed or embarrassed of Him … look out – Luke 9:26. Many care more of what people say of them than what the Lord thinks of them and how they live. Why? They have little knowledge of who God is, they display little faith, respect and fear of the Lord. This produces weak and ineffective Christians with no knowledge of the spiritual armor and spiritual weapons at their disposal. They are prime wide-open targets for the Enemy of their Soul – Satan! And mark these words he is after you like a roaring lion seeking to devour your soul – 1 Pet 5:8
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (schemes).” -2 Cor 2:11 (KJV, emphasis added)
As this spiritual warfare continues, Christians are being blinded and distracted [by the things of this world] from the truths found in the word of God and many don’t even realize it. With current events fulfilling Bible Prophecy in ever increasing detail, people, it seems, could care less. They have been trapped and snared into lethargy and apathy, mocking and scoffing at those that proclaim He is soon to return. Many only care about their possessions, wealth or positions of importance. The Devil has deceived many into believing these are not the last days, the Lord will not return, Israel is not important any more and we are safe and secure in our land. HA! Many have and are falling for these lies. We live in a volatile and dangerous world with nations now wanting our demise.
But who in America – who in Christendom knows of these things and who cares? Are these things ever mentioned from our church pulpits? I dare say NO they are not! Why? Cowardly pastors fear offending the people. How many of these lily-livered pastors care enough about their flock to tell them the [yes, offensive] truths of our Lord?
So, you see, Satan’s warfare against Christians continues almost unabated and with his cunning and ruthless tactics keenly developed over thousands of years he advances against us with fear, distractions and deceptions of all kinds. He pursues us with the weight and cares of our lives deepening and as a result we become numb and blind to the truth right in front of us – 2 Cor 4:4. Christians have become weak, sickly and deceived more so than at any time in the past, hugely apathetic and as such they are ripe for the fiery darts from principalities in high places (Eph 6:12). We need to wake up and don our spiritual armor and take a stand for Christ. Know Him, know His will, read His word daily without fail.
It’s also time we stood on His word for His promises are clear and in faith we must stand strong. We are not to cower to the Devil’s ploys against us – sicknesses, worry, doubt, despair, guilt, fear, etc – these things make us weak and timid and shows the faith of God does not rule in our hearts and minds and this is not pleasing to Him – Heb 11:6. Stand up Christian – pray in faith, take the authority and power the Lord has given you and use it! (Luke 10:19). Pray for family and friends in faith, in belief – do it daily, never give up and never be discouraged. Do not be distracted, pray without ceasing, peel back weakness and walk by faith and not by sight – 2 Cor 5:7.
And then …? Know your enemy! If you don’t know his tactics and schemes you will be destroyed – he will take you down! I’m not talking just physically, I am also speaking eternally. For if you do not trust in the Lord and have faith in Him, you may fall away to the world and as a result you may not see the Kingdom of God – Prov 2:13; Eze 18:24; 2 Pet 2:20-21; 1 Tim 4:1; Rev 2:4-5. This prospect should shake your soul to its core! (I do not believe in nor support the “once saved, always saved” doctrine as I find no evidence for it in the Word of God.)
“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles… if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.” – Sun Tzu (“The Art of War” – 6th century BC)
Friends, it’s time for a sense of URGENCY! Throw off your garment of apathy concerning Christ and His soon return. Pastor’s start warning your people as to the signs flashing like red lights at a railroad crossing. The hour is late and for those that aren’t paying attention He will come as a thief in the night – 1 Th 5:1-4. It’s time we got into our Bible and read it! Study it daily and immerse ourselves in the Lord. Pray, fast, seek His face and learn from His Holy Spirit. Now is the time, for the world will not get better, it will only get worse as prophesied in the Book of Revelation (and others). It’s time for Christians to heed the call to watch and witness of His soon return; the signs are here and others coming fast, we must be awake prepared with our lamps full of oil ready for the return of the Bridegroom – Jesus Christ . We must be like the five wise virgins and not the five foolish ones (read the parable in Matt 25:1-13). We must be alert and warn others; we must know our Bibles; we must know who the enemy of our soul is so we can turn him back with our spiritual weapons. Do not be weak, do not be lethargic in your faith. Be strong in the power of the Lord – Eph 6:10. Are you saved? If not, why not?
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.” -Eph 6:10-12
-BPWatcher, Internet Preacher and Bible Prophecy Watchman
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