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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