Gather the Outcasts

Check out our web site for upcoming events, audio messages, pictures of mission trips, and other contact information.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Disguises of Satan

Dear beloved:  I recently was given the opportunity to interpret a dream that a man had a couple years ago while he was sitting in the county jail.  In the dream, a demonic entity came to him and promised him that if he  fired his lawyer and took up with the demon, that the demon would get him out of "this mess".  Or in other words, he was given the opportunity to make a deal with the devil.  The most interesting thing about the dream is that the demonic entity was disguised as me (Jim), and it came to him dressed in black with a wicked looking face and left him feeling very cold after talking to him.  Another interesting aspect of the dream was that I met the man for the first time about two years after he had the dream.

The apostle Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.  v4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. Paul goes on to warn the Corinthians about how the devil can disguise himself to deceive and trick those who have received the gospel of Jesus.  He says in verse 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 an 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 see that satan will do just about anything to deceive God's elect, even to mimic and masquerade as ministers of the gospel, even to the point of masquerading as Jesus Himself.

The apostle John writes in 1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. v2 By this you know the Spirit of God; every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; v3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now is already in the world.  Beloved, call on Jesus when the devil tries to trick you; He will not leave you cold or confused.  He will warm you with the Spirit of Truth and leave you with peace.  God bless you as you pray this day.  in Christ,Jim

No comments:

Post a Comment