Free from Deception

In our postmodern culture, we have the same personal
ideology as the culture in Israel
during the time of the Judges. Every
person did what was right in his own eyes.
  
As Christians, we’re admonished not to be of the world
(Romans 12:2). That is, we’re not to be swayed by the attitudes and actions of
unbelievers. And instead of doing what we feel
like doing any given moment, we’re to obey the Word! Our blessing in God is in
obedience! What some folk don’t realize is that if we refuse to obey the Word,
we’re turning a deaf ear to the Spirit of God!
    
We’re entering into the time period just prior to the return
of Jesus spoken of in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and found in Revelation 6-19. It’s a
time of great challenge and difficulty. To navigate successfully through this
time, it’s important for us to be people of the Word!
  
Notice
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (Amplified): But the Holy
Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn
away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and
doctrines that demons teach, through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars
whose consciences are seared (cauterized).
       
  
Then
also notice 2 Timothy 4: 3-4
(God’s Word translation): 
A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings.
Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with
teachers who tell them what they want to hear. People will refuse to listen to
the truth and turn to myths.
   
Demonic forces are working today to separate people from truth. They
seek to twist truth to turn people from the path of right living. Here’s the
way to stay with the Spirit of God, and to stay safely in the protection and
care that the Father has for you during this time. It’s real simple! Obey the
Word!
  
The verses above reveal that doctrines of demons will urge people to
turn away from the faith, and only hear what pleases them. So, when I hear the
truth of the Word, but the Word disagrees with what I feel like doing or want
to do at the moment, and I ignore the Word and act on my feelings, I actually
open myself up to demonic deception! 
  
As a pastor, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of having people sit
in front of me in my office and tell me that adultery for them is ok, that fornication, for them for the moment, is ok; that lying, in this situation and for the moment, is ok; and the list goes on
and on!
  
Here’s the bottom line: Any believer that decides to ignore the Word
and do what he or she knows is wrong, defies conscience and opens themselves up
to demonic deception! Don’t do that!
   
If God says love your neighbor as yourself, then love your neighbor as yourself! If God says, be angry and do not sin, then be angry and do not sin. If God says,
don’t gossip and say bad things about
your fellow worker,
then don’t gossip and say bad things about your fellow
worker. If God says, don’t lust, then
turn your eyes away!
  
The Father’s protection, favor, and care in this hour will be with
those who choose to love Him by obeying
His Word!
Don’t compromise the Father’s care in this time with loose
living; doing what is right in your own
eyes
. Defy your own thoughts and feelings and obey the Word! That’s where
you will find the blessing, protection, and favor of the Father today!

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