Now is the time for all Christians to take their calling seriously and straighten up and fly right. Over the course of time, I’ve seen all sorts of outlandish material float before my eyes. There is always, it seems, some new wave of Christianity. The latest is something called “modalism” in which Jesus and the Holy Spirit are dispensed with to be replaced by One God. Well, there are three People in the Godhead, whether you like it or not and the Bible supports it, too.
But, the devil, who hates God, all Christians and humanity in general, is working on deceiving as many as possible. In order to usher in his own one-god in which he will take the throne on (albeit, a very tiny throne), he has to alter the very word of God. The Bible. So many new translations are coming out and most are erroneous. Sins that are blatantly listed in the King James Version are omitted in other versions. This way, the sinner, who wants to continue to hold onto his sin, can hold up his new age bible and say, “See…it’s not in the bible. I am not sinning.” I had used an NIV for many years until I discovered that there were errors in it. I watched an YouTube video on the comparison of the NIV and the KJV. I got my NIV and my KJ and followed along with the speaker as he went verse by verse as to how the NIV totally changed and, in some cases, stated the exact opposite in the KJV. The King James is the most reliable translation we have but I am not going into the how’s and why’s of it here.
The One that the devil hates the most out of the trinity is Jesus Christ because Jesus defeated him on the cross. Although, it could be said that he hates all three equally, but I would not be surprised if he does not have a particular loathing of Jesus. You will notice that atheists will attack primarily Christians because of Jesus, but you won’t hear them shouting about Muslims, Hindus or any other religion. Nope, it’s Jesus they are aiming at.
Now is the time to put aside laziness and to spend more time in prayer and Bible study no matter what you have to do to make it happen, because you are fair game for the devil and he will have no problem leading you astray at the first opportunity. It’s time to clean up your act and repent of your sins. God is not a person to be fooled around with. Humanity has no idea what is coming their way. Jesus is not the one you see in Renaissance paintings. He something entirely different. A Being that can create an entire universe by just speaking it into existence is not to be fooled around with.
So, stop even the “little sins” you think are so little, like cursing and drinking to excess, complaining (God hates constant complaining. Read Exodus if you don’t believe me), backbiting, arguing, holding grudges, etc. We must be holy as God is Holy. (1 Peter 1:16) Don’t give the devil a chance; not one millimeter of foothold in your mind. Be vigilant!
It is time for real, heartfelt repentance and cleaning up one’s act. Because you see, as the devil increases evil on this planet, if you are not doing your job and allowing the Holy Spirit to clean you up and instruct you, you will be easy prey and can fall away. The very last thing you ever want to hear is Jesus telling you He does not know you. (Matthew 7: 21-23)- “Not everyone 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. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity.” This is in the parable about false prophets. But it is also present in parable of the ten virgins. (Matthew 25:1-13)
Don’t think you are covered just because you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior if you are still living your old lifestyle or you got sprinkled at birth and are still living a life that is the opposite of what God wants. You have to repent, be baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit because without the Holy Spirit you can’t do anything to please God. You may as well be in the field with Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4. God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit so that as long as we yield to His instruction we will overcome and grow in the Grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is so we cannot claim the work as our own. It is God’s work within us because we are way too egotistical to be allowed to claim anything as our own except our sins.
You must yield and submit to His authority and stop trying to do it all on your own because that is pure arrogance which is of the devil. You’re basically telling God He is not powerful enough to do the job and you can do it better. To continue on in your own way is flat out rebellion and we all know God’s stance on that! The devil and all his angels are examples of what happens.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the Power of His might. (Eph. 6:10) In fact the entire book of Ephesians is a good ground-work book for all Christians as as is the rest of the Bible. Over and over, Paul and the other writers emphasize change. “This I saw therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.” (Eph. 4:17)
I write this because I care about my brothers and sisters in Christ and I see dangerous things on the horizon and revolting satanic influences that have crept into the Body of Christ. Let us be of One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and like good soldiers fight the good fight. “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11)
I’ve had many of my own battles and attacks from the devil. It got to the point where my signature on one of my emails is now: “Tossed by the waves but not sunk. (author unknown)” I’m still standing.