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Monday, September 13, 2010

Prepare pt7

Dear beloved: As we prepare for the end times harvest and revival, know that the enemy of our souls will do everything in his power to trick and deceive us so that we will not walk the path that God has laid out for us. Revelation 12:9 tells us that satan is the deceiver who deceives the whole world. And again in 1 Peter 5:8, Peter warns us to be of sober spirit, be on the alert, your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. And Paul also warns us that satan disguises himself, in 2 Corinthians 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. v14 And no wonder, for even satan disguises himself as and angel of light. v15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds. And so we must be vigilant and on guard, for satan will take over individuals, and churches, and whole nations in his attempt to subvert the kingdom of God.

Paul tells us that a hallmark of the end times will be a desire of men to have their ears tickled with false doctrines. I Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicity says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, v2 by means of hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,....and then he goes on to state some of the ways in which doctrines will deceive men. We can easily see the same thing happening in the church today. Doctrines that say God blesses homosexuality, that God primary plan for us is to prosper us financially without regard to suffering for the gospel's sake, doctrines that endorse fornication outside of marriage, and so many others. People will always be looking for ways to justify their rebellion and disobedience in the sight of God, that is just the fallen nature of man and it has been that way since the beginning.

Beloved, it is more important than ever before to walk in the Spirit. Paul says in Galatians 5:16 but I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. v17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. Walking in the Spirit is a daily, maybe even in some cases minute by minute walk with the Lord, where you stay in His glory by exercising three things: 1. we talk to God though prayer, 2. He talks to us though His written word and dreams and revelations, and 3. we are in the fellowship of believers to receive and give encouragement and support. In the next teachings in the days ahead we will explore this walk in greater detail. God bless you this day as you walk in the Spirit, in Christ, Jim

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