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Test the spirits!

Scripture reading for November 22nd:  Ezekiel 27-30, 1 John 4

Key Scriptures:  1st John 4:1-4 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God:  every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.  Little children, your are from God and overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”  

John encouraged the church not to believe every spirit that spoke through false teachers and prophets.  Every spirit should be tested.  What they spoke concerning Jesus Christ would reveal whether they were from God or the devil.  Those confessing that Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh were not from God, but were actually the antichrist spirit of the devil.  Believers need not fear, they were from God and the Holy Spirit dwelled within them.  Satan stands judged by God!

Ezekiel 28:16  “In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,  from the midst of the stones of fire.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit living in me to keep me in Your truth, helping me daily to test the spirits speaking through men in this world.  Amen.

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Retribution for the wicked!

Scripture reading for November 15th:  Ezekiel 10-12, 2nd Peter 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Peter 2:1-3  “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.  And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.  Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”

Peter warned the church about false prophets and their activity.   They would introduce destructive heresies, causing division and strife.  They would promote sensuality through lies and their underlying motives would be greed. Peter promised God’s Word concerning their fate was true!  God would repay.

Ezekiel 11:1-2 “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the Lord, which faces east.  And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. . . .And He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel to this city; . .”

Prayer:  Lord, help me today to discern truth from error and false teachers from true.  Thank You for the promise of redemption for believers and retribution for the wicked.  Amen.

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Danger: False Teachers!

Scripture reading for November 17th:  2nd Peter 2

After complacency and failure to grow in grace, a second danger Peter was concerned about was false teachers.  The devil has always tried to steal the believer’s faith and move them away from the simplicity of faith in Christ Jesus and grace.

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.  Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”   (2nd Peter 2:1-3)

Peter warned the Church about the false teachers introducing destructive “heresies”.  A heresy is a teaching that is designed to split the body of Christ.  It is a teaching that denies the Lord Jesus as the only way of salvation or provides an alternative to faith in Christ’s blood and body to atone for sins.  They make up doctrine and stories that contradict the Word of God.  This insures the destruction of the false teachers and those who follow them!  Peter warned that many would follow their shameful ways and would bring the cause of Christ into disrepute!  How true this was and is today!

God is not sleeping or winking at these sins in His Bride, the Church!  He will come at an hour when they don’t expect and bring swift destruction on them!  Oh Church, wake up!

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Build on the Rock!

Scripture reading for January 9th:  Matthew 7

Jesus concluded His message to the people on kingdom living with an encouragement to seek God.  They must be people who would be persistent to find what they needed from God.  They must ask!  They must seek!  They must knock!  All these verbs are in the continual sense of ‘ask and keep on asking, etc’.  “Everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Matthew 7:8)  God is a loving Father who will give good gifts to those that seek Him!

But Jesus also warned His followers early in His ministry to watch out for false prophets.  He likened them to wolves dressed up as a sheep!  What an example Jesus used in that rural cultural setting!  He told them that they would know the false prophets by their fruit.  Bad trees don’t produce good fruit!   “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 7:21)   False prophet may do miracles and prophesy in His Name, but will go to hell!

Every person is building a spiritual house.  You can hear the Word of God and not do it!  That person is building on the sand!  Those that hear and then apply it to their lives are likened to a man building his house on a rock.  Storms of life come and test the foundation.  Those on the sand collapse under the pressure and are destroyed.  Those on the rock survive every storm!  Which kind of builder are you?

 

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False prophets with whitewash!

Scripture reading for August 21st: Ezekiel 12-15

Because they have led My people astray, saying “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. . . .I will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 13:10-11a, 14.

God hated lies and promised to judge false prophets!  God gave Ezekiel a message for the prophets of Israel who were leading the people astray with the peace, safety, and prosperity lie.  These prophets were telling the people what they wanted to hear.  This allowed the people to go on in idolatry and would surely bring God’s wrath upon the nation.

God likened these lying prophets to painters who whitewashed flimsy walls that were poorly constructed.  The walls looked clean and white, but they were unstable.  God was going to expose the poor foundation by sending a storm upon the nation that would topple the white-washed walls and bring them down on those who painted them.  The crashing walls would destroy those who did such shoddy work or put on a show.

Preachers today can put on a show too.  They ‘whitewash’ people’s walls just to get a crowd.  They tell them that God wants them rich and if they give some money to the preacher and they will get a hundred times more back.  They tell people that God is love and won’t send anyone to hell.  Others whitewash the truth about the need for repentance from sin and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.  They offer alternatives that don’t require faith or talking about the cross and the blood!  They try to make them feel good and get them in and out without any arousal of conviction.   Whitewash is being spread around today on the walls of people who have not repented!  These walls are going to crash down when judgment falls!   The day of Christ’s return will reveal the foundations and strip off the whitewash!

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The Spirit of Christ: Love and Truth

Scripture reading for December 4th: 1st John 4:1-21

The Christians of John’s day were in a battle against false teachers and the spirits of evil who spoke through them.  John wrote to encourage them and help them to identify these deceiving spirits.  His words of instruction can help us in these last days in a similar battle!

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God:  Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1st John 4:2-3)  These false prophets were denying Christ came as a man.  This spirit was in the world in John’s day and is also in the world today in many modern cults.  This belief was known as ‘gnosticism’ and denied the humanity of Jesus as the Son of God.  The true Spirit of God always recognizes that Jesus came in the flesh.

John encouraged the Church to remember that they were able to overcome these evil spirits because the had the Holy Spirit living in them.  (1st John 4:4)  The Spirit of Christ gives us overcoming power because He is a Spirit of Truth.  Believers can be confident in the Holy Spirit bringing discernment and enabling each person to know truth.  The evil spirits are spirit of falsehood and tell lies that believers can easily spot.

Love is the mark of those controlled by the Holy Spirit.  God is a love and showed us His love by sending His Son into the world to die for us that we might live through Him.  (1st John 4:7-12)  Those born of God love each other and testify to the world about the love of God.

When we know the love of God, we have confidence on the day of judgment.  God’s perfect love received means that we have been declared righteous and no longer have to answer for our sins.  Jesus has forgiven us and we rest in His promise of righteousness by faith.  This enables us to live a life of love towards others, free from fear of death or persecution.  The Spirit of God gives us overcoming power through truth and love.  We live as overcomers  in life and death!  What a joy it is to walk in the truth!

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Slavery to depravity

Scripture reading for November 28th: 2nd Peter 1-22

Peter warned his flock about the false teachers who would come into their midst.  These teachers secretly introduced destructive heresies, some that even denied the sovereign Lord who bought them.  These teachers were greedy for money and used ear-tickling methods to divide off the weaker sheep and destroy them.  These same issues are in the church today!

Peter made a case from church history emphasizing God’s dealing with false teaching and rebellion.  The first example he used was that of Noah and his family.  Noah preached righteousness by faith and built an ark to protect his family.  God used a world-wide flood to judge the world of that day that had been corrupted by the false teaching of some wicked beings who were indwelt by fallen angels.  These angels were also locked up in hell awaiting the judgment.  (2nd Peter 2:4-5)

Next Peter cited the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  God rescued the righteous Lot and his family, but judged the wicked that had rebelled against Him.  Peter plainly stated that God would judge the false teachers who promoted immorality and heresy and would rescue those who stood firm in His word!  (2nd Peter 2:7-9)

Peter went on to expose these false teachers for who they were.  They were bold and arrogant who blasphemed God and His truth.  They were like ‘brute beasts’ who operated out of their instincts and fleshly desires.  They were immoral and open about it.  They were adulterous and greedy for money and sin.  They seduced the weak and unstable among the believers.  They enticed people who were just escaping from living in sin and took them back into bondage!  Peter stated that they were “slaves of depravity”.  (2nd Peter 2:13-19)

I think today about ministers and churches who openly embrace the sin of homosexuality as something ordained by God.  I think of others who willingly promote “pro-choice’ politics and the murder of the innocent and do that while naming the name of Christ!  Often this is done to attract those who so believe and gain monetary support from them.  They tell them that God loves them and that they can go on living “as slaves of their depravity’.  God’s word plainly states that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven!  (1st Corinthians 6:9-11)  God wants to save them, but without repentance He can not!

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“Is There Any Word From the Lord?”

Scripture reading for August 14th: Jeremiah 37-39

Prophets have to know that they have heard from the Lord and stay true to the message, even when the going gets rough!  Jeremiah had been prophesying for nearly 40 years and giving the same basic message:  God was going to send Judah into captivity for her sins!  This was not a popular message and was not the message of the popular prophets of Judah either.  They were telling the king and people that God would deliver them from the Babylonians and break the yoke of the enemy, restoring their land and freedom. (Jeremiah 28:10-11)

However, as Jerusalem was surrounded and under siege for a time, the Babylonian army withdrew to fight against Pharaoh’s army.  (Jeremiah 37:9-12)  As Jeremiah began to leave the city to claim his property in Benjamin, he was caught by officials and falsely accused of deserting to Babylon.  He was beaten and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan.

“Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained for a long time.  Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the Lord?”  “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.” (Jeremiah 37:16-17)  The king longed to know what God was thinking and sent for the prophet.  Had he been listening, he would have known that God had already spoken and no one was listening.  Jeremiah repeated the simple message and petitioned the king for mercy.  Zedekiah seemed to soften and allowed him to be moved to a more comfortable location and to receive food.

Some people seem eager to hear a fresh “word from the Lord” when they haven’t processed or heeded the earlier words.  Some of the instructions from God may not be to our liking or may seem too hard for us, but obedience is the right approach.  God can’t give further instructions until we obey the one’s we have already.  Faithfulness in the little brings an opportunity to be faithful in much!

Would you take time today to examine your obedience to what God has already spoken to you?  Are you walking in His call for your life?  Are you faithful in the tasks you know you should be doing?  If not, repent and begin to obey!  That’s a “word” for you today!

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