It’s A Trick

It’s A Trick

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NIV
“DO NOT BE YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? [15] What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? [16] What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” [17] Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” [18] And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

When professed Christian singers, rappers, musicians, music producers etcetera, work with worldly singers, rappers, musicians, and producers on projects supposedly for God, is that not a violation of God’s command above? God tells us to, “Come out from them and be separate.” Light and darkness have nothing in common, neither does Christ and Belial [the devil] God says. To be yoked together with unbelievers is to disobey God.

Since God tells us to be separate from the world it only makes sense that satan will try to merge the church and the world together. He knows that any Christian who compromises and intermingles with the world is in serious danger, as well as any Christian who agrees with such mergers:

James 4:4 KJV “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:20-22 KJV “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. [21] Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. [22] Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?”

Satan knows how pleasurable music is to us. It is no wonder he uses this medium to bamboozle so many with so-called gospel music. Many popular figures in this arena make songs that have nothing to do with the gospel at all. They throw around the name of Jesus in vain. Though the music and lyrics may sound good they are not praising the Lord but are praising the devil. The Bible makes it clear that the ruler of this world system is satan the devil:

Luke 4:5-7 KJV “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. [6] And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. [7] IF THOU therefore WILT WORSHIP ME, ALL SHALL BE THINE.”

The passage below tells us what Satan’s world system is all about and warns us against it:

1 John 2:15-17 NLT “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. [16] For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. [17] And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

Many so-called gospel artist and songs cater to the world’s thinking. Satan is using these popular figures to lure many to sleep. In fact many so-called churches today are nothing but mere concerts.

Unless you have a true relationship with Jesus Christ these gospel artist and worldly musician projects for the Lord can easily fool you. While the music and lyrical chants sound good they are not giving you God’s true gospel message at all. But you won’t know this unless you study the Bible daily for yourself. Unless you do this how can you know what God’s gospel message is? You will be hoodwinked into thinking these people are really doing God’s will. A person cannot rightly divide messages from God unless they study to show themselves approved:

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

1 John 4:1 KJV “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY FALSE PROPHETS are gone out into the world.”

And many of them know how to sing, rap, and make seducing music. 🤔

God tells us not to merge with the world; not to be yoked with unbelievers, but rather to be separate. Any so-called gospel artists who does not heed this command and encourages others to yoke with the world of unbelievers is a false prophet! Watch out for them! 😥

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The Spirit Of Error

The Spirit Of Error

1 John 4:1 NIV “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because MANY FALSE PROPHETS HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.”

Ever discuss God’s word with someone who always talks about what it does not mean? “Well, it doesn’t mean this, or, “It’s not saying that.” Why is it they can’t simply rejoice over truth found in God’s word? Why is it they can’t accept the simplest truths? I’m talking about folks who claim to be Christians! Why does the truth always have to be debated or rationalized?

BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF GOD

1 John 4:4-6 KJV “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. [5] THEY ARE OF THE WORLD: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. [6] We are of God: HE THAT KNOWETH GOD HEARETH US; HE THAT IS NOT OF GOD HEARETH NOT US. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

1 John 2:18-19 KJV “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST SHALL COME, even NOW ARE THERE MANY ANTICHRISTS; whereby we know that it is the last time. [19] They [antichrists] went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

The Spirit of error can be very charming and persuasive. Many with this spirit know enough of the Bible to sound just like you and me. But they can never apply or fully accept God’s truths. No matter how good they sound they will not come into full agreement with what God says. They always contradict the Holy Spirit. They will always try to get you to see things from their point of view, and even use misapplied scripture passages to do so. Be careful of people like this.

AVOID THEM

Romans 16:17 KJV “Now I beseech you, brethren, MARK THEM WHICH CAUSE DIVISIONS AND OFFENCES CONTRARY TO THE DOCTRINE which ye have learned; and AVOID THEM.”

2 Timothy 3:5 NET “They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So AVOID PEOPLE LIKE THESE.

Matthew 10:16 NIV “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Jesus makes it clear that we are among ravenous wolves. So be careful and shrewd as snakes He says. Refuse to get dragged into debates and controversies over our doctrine. If people don’t accept God’s word when it’s presented to them so be it. You don’t have to wrestle all the time over doctrine with someone who has the spirit of truth, or with someone who is searching for the truth. But you can find yourself doing this to no avail with someone who has the spirit of error. They will only drag us down.

1 John 2:20-21,26-27 NIV “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. [21] I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because NO LIE COMES FROM THE TRUTH. [26] I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. [27] As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and YOU DO NOT NEED ANYONE TO TEACH YOU. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.”

Proverbs 9:7‭-‬9 NET “Whoever corrects a mocker is asking for insult; whoever reproves a wicked person receives abuse. Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you; reprove a wise person and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise person, and he will become wiser still; teach a righteous person and he will add to his learning.”‬‬‬

Matthew 7:6 GNB “Do not give what is holy to dogs — THEY WILL ONLY TURN AND ATTACK YOU. Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs — they will only trample them underfoot.”

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The Value Of Studying And Applying God’s Word

The Value Of Studying And Applying God’s Word

Psalm 16:8 KJV “I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

What a benefit for setting the Lord before us always; WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, because the Lord is at our right hand! 😁 What better way to always set the Lord before us than to study His word the Bible and meditate on it daily?

Psalm 1:1-4 KJV “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. [3] And HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. [4] The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”

What a contrast between the ungodly and the person who meditates on God’s word day and night. We are planted like a tree; unmoved. They are blown like chaff in the wind; easily moved. No matter what our circumstances are know that God’s got us in the palm of His hand. And who can snatch us out of God’s hand? 🤔

John 10:27-30 NIV “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. [28] I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; NO ONE WILL SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. [30] I and the Father are one.”

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A Sobering Thought

A Sobering Thought

Luke 16:10‭-‬13 GNT “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you? “No servant can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and love the other or will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”‬‬‬‬

You think God doesn’t care about what we do with our money? Think again:

Psalm 37:23 NLT “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

God watches over and cares about every detail of our lives the Bible says. How we handle so-called small things or worldly wealth says a whole lot about us.

The passage above is sobering. It teaches us how God thinks. Meditating on it can help sober one up from drug addiction. I remember when I had a weed habit God showed me that when I spend just $5 on a small bag of weed I am supporting all the evils that are associated with the drug trade. Everything from human trafficking; to people being forced into the sex slave trade, pornography, and even murder. These evils and others are all tied to the drug trade. So whenever I gave just $1 to the dope man/woman to fulfill my lust I was not only supporting them my dollars were helping keep other wicked businesses alive and kicking as well. How many kids, young women and young men are kidnapped and forced into a life of slavery? How many people are murdered daily behind the drug trade? Now that I am a born again child of God how can I support such an evil enterprise by giving it my hard earned money?

The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Shouldn’t I pray and beg God for His spirit to help get control over my addictions so that I may not be bloodguilty for supporting the drug trade and all the other wicked businesses associated with it? God’s greatest commandment is love, and the Bible says that love does no harm to a neighbor. Am I not harming myself and my neighbor when I use my money to buy drugs?

Romans 13:9-10 NIV “The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” [10] LOVE DOES NO HARM TO A NEIGHBOR. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Luke 16:10‭-‬11 GNT “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth [money], how can you be trusted with true wealth [heaven]?”‬

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