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The Deceived  0

Are you deceived, misled, deluded and or beguiled?

 

Introduction

I feel seriously concerned and often times grieved as I see the deterioration in the way many practice Christianity before my eyes. It will be easy to say “well, most are professors and not true Christians.” Or “what do you expect from pretenders to Christianity!” Or that some may question: “who are you to question others’ Christianity?” and say “you are judging and God said we should not judge!” and all such like excuses that people give when they don’t want to do the right thing.

 

But I fear that may lure me into slumber (as it has done many).

 

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” (Matthew 25:5),

 

and make me forget one of my core duties as a disciple of Jesus Christ, that is, reminding others of the truth of Scripture:

 

“…put the brethren in remembrance of these things…” (1Timothy 4:6).

 

Therefore, I must remain not only awake, but be sober and watch:

 

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”(1Thessalonians 5:6)

 

Yes, I want to remain awake. Part of my being awake includes that I realise that while there are numerous professors of Christianity, there are also numerous genuine Christians amongst whom there many who are ignorant of the basics of their faith.

 

To both parties I have a duty of care:

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.(2 Timothy 2:24–26).

 

All disciples of Jesus Christ must be “…rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).

 

Therefore, in this post we shall discuss the crucial topic of “The Deceived.”

 

It is my prayer that ALL that read this article will be challenged or and provoked enough that they will undergo a thorough self-examination as to their relationship with God and His Christ as true Christians are admonished to do:

 

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5),

 

and that, that will lead to profitable and God-glorifying action.  

In this writing everything shall be only as TAUGHT by the Word of God, the Holy Bible.

 

Clarification of some terms

Clarification is necessary so that there will be true communication and no misunderstanding. It might seem obvious that it is important you understand the words and terms that you use, but in real life situations it is not always the case for many people. Many people still throw words about without understanding them. In the process they many times help to support and spread error and false teachings.

 

Determine today

  • That error will stop at you.
  • That no error will go from you to another person any more.
  • That you will not knowingly help “apostate Christianity” in any way from now on.

 

You asked “How?”

 

Start with these simply steps this assumes that you are a born-again Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ:

The first port of call is your opinion of the bible, how you regard the bible

  • Please, examine your belief about the Holy Bible now:
  • Do you believe that the Holy Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God, the supreme authority in everything and in all things for the disciple of Jesus Christ? (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
  • Or Do you believe some portions and not others?
  • Or Do you say you believe the bible but hold the teachings and revelations of your church, your church leader above it
  • Or Do you have a surrogate god that you hold above the word of God, whether you give such a one the name of a prophet, pastor, spiritual father or mother, super apostle, archbishop of bishops, voice of God for today, culture and tradition or whatever other titles catches your fancy?  

Remember: If your relationship with the Holy Bible, the written Word of God is wrong, you cannot have a right relationship with the God of the holy bible. This is simply because you have not and are not believing His word and will not be living according to His commandments (John 14:21; Hebrews 1:1-4, 11:6; 1John 2:3). This is the first major issue that you must settle. Then:

  • Determine that you want to know the truth so that you can practice it, not just to acquire head knowledge to boast about
  • Check the bases and basics of your belief – the basic assumptions of your faith, do they agree with the bible?
  • Before you repeat another doctrine or knowledge to another person, pray, check with the Word of God the truth of it.
  • Determine not to repeat to another person, what you have not thoroughly checked out with the Word of God yourself.
  • Henceforth when you hear preachers or read any literature, prayerfully check with the word of God before you jump to any conclusions.
  • Do you have personally, new revelations and leadings of “the Holy Spirit”, dreams, visions etc.?
  • Check, do they agree or disagree with scripture, with previous faithful saints of God.
  • I will personally caution you against any novel revelations no matter how they came, that flies against the previously established teachings of the previous saints of God that are based on sound biblical foundations.
  • This is how a large number of cults had developed!

 

Now back to our topic of “the deceived”

 

What is it to deceive?

 

To deceive is “to cause someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid”; to deliberately give a false impression. To deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness. Hence, the deceived person is one who has completely accepted a false idea, information or belief as true. And deceit is “the act or practice of deceiving” Deceitful is “having a tendency or disposition to deceive or be dishonest” Everything to do with deceive and deceit is usually deliberate and that is what makes it dangerous: the deceiver and the deceitful usually deliberate and act purposefully with the intention to deceive.

 

Further, synonyms of deceive which include: mislead, delude and beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness.  

 

To mislead is “to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit” It implies a leading astray. The mislead person is one who has been led astray.  

 

To delude is “to mislead the mind or judgment” It implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth The deluded person is one who is deceived so thoroughly that the truth becomes obscure to him. He just can’t see or understand the truth.

 

 To beguile is “to lead by deception” Hoodwink. It stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving. Guile is deceitful cunning, duplicity. The beguiled person is one who has been deceived by charm and persuasion.

 

Wading through all the terminologies, the end of the matter is that:

 

The deceived person is one who has completely accepted a false idea, information or belief as true and goes ahead to act accordingly.

 

  • Such a person may profess something with his mouth or by his association, but ultimately will not be willing to and will be unable to live up to the standard of the word of God.
  • Rather than diligently seeking to improve and grow through the means God has provided for such progress, he will instead, rationalize and excuse away his own failings.
  • Ultimately, the deceived person does, enjoys and encourages others to do and get involved in attitudes and activities that are plainly contrary to Scripture.
  • And such a person will still continue to claim a healthy relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and continue to claim to have revelations galore!
  • That is the essence or core of deception.

 

Please, Do NOT say, “this is impossible.”

 

Pause. Think a little. Look around you.

 

Continue reading. You will realize there are people like this everywhere today.

 

You will come to see that many are deceived but do not know it. Many have become very successive in self-deception: they have deceived themselves for so long that it is near impossible for them to believe they are deceived. Rather they believe others around them are the ones deceived. Hence it is very difficult for the self-deceived to detect or acknowledge the deception.

 

Before you exclude yourself with a wave of the hand, do self-examination. Yes, now is the time for self-appraisal. But remember according to the scriptures, yes, according to the Scriptures not according to your standards:

 

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; But the Lord weigheth the spirits. (Proverbs 16:2).

 

Perhaps you are wondering what that may mean. Wonder no more. That Scripture is letting us know that: Self-criticism is not seen amongst human beings as we are blind to our own flaws and do not see ourselves as others see us.

 

All the ways i.e. everything a person does is right in his own eyes. Otherwise, why will he do it anyway? Self-harm is only found among the unbalanced, those with some screw loose or missing upstairs so says the popular jingo!

 

But the Lord weigheth the spirits. God weights or searches out the motives, the condition of the person’s heart and decides accordingly. God alone is able to and sets the standard for what takes place.

 

The Scriptures give examples of classes of people that their ways are clean in their own eyes. Some of such people include:

 

1.    The fool (Pro 12:15). He even says in his heart that there is no God (Ps 14:1). Deceit and evil works are his domain and he mocks at sin giving it ever attractive labels (Pro 14:19, 14:8-9).

 

2.    The openly wicked (Ps 10:3-4, 13). This one gives fine sounding names to sinful acts, says bad things about others making them out to be worse than himself. In the process he excuses or justifies his own wicked behaviour. He not only will not seek God, but he thinks God will never call him to account.

 

3.    The sluggard.  “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason” (Pro 26:16). He will readily use the weather and circumstances as excuse not to do something useful. He desires things but will not venture at anything. Even when doing things for others he is virtually unreliable and as good as useless. Rather than do something or help, he would rather hinder or become part of the problem. Loves to sleep and otherwise lay about wasting much time on frivolities (Pro 6:6, 9, 10:26, 13:4, 20:4)

 

4.    The outwardly religious. He observes religious rituals and ceremonies, gives alms generously, attends worship and religious meetings and openly professes religion. He has a general interest in supposedly good things, has big titles and is the talk of the town. But when God weighs him, he amounts to nothing (Pro 30:12; Luke 18:11-12).

 

5.    The worldly Christian professor (2Tim 3:5). He professes to be a Christian but his heart is far from God. Deep in worldly pleasure and amusements, private and hidden indulgences, company and conversation. Though he carries the bible, he forsakes the Holy Scripture and its teachings. He still claims to be a Christian but behaves exactly like the non-Christian.

 

  1. 6.    The backslider. He feels secure in his state (Pro 14:14a). There is a deep decline in his Christian behaviour and activities: there is no prayer life and sin has gradually taken control of him. He now rationalizes everything the way the ungodly does. His conversation is no more spiritual, not reading the bible and his heart has become hardened by sin (Job 15:4; Hos. 8:12; Heb. 3:13).

 

And the self-deception goes on and on. All these claim to berich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing according to their own mind”, yet they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Rev 3:17).

 

Many have convinced themselves that they are alright and need nothing more. They are self-satisfied and self-sufficient! They talk about what is common and lovable because everyone is in on it, doing it, making it and enjoying it. They say that it is working and to the benefit of many people! But the holy bible describes such roads that have been worn smooth by frequent travellers who never return like this:

 

wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Mat 7:13).

 

However, there is another way, the other way. But there is so much complaint and striving about the other way: it winds about, it’s too narrow and rough; people hardly go there; nothing there has or seems to have changed; it is ancient and has remained same since the beginning of time; no innovation; just rules and rules and laws; very unpredictable with so many directions and turns; very restrictive and boring; rigid; not enjoyable and such other names and description that the rebellious can label it.

 

But the Scripture calls this way the “strait gate”. And goes further to say:

 

Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Mat 7:13-14).

 

This is the way for the genuine believer in Jesus Christ.

 

Now that you have read or and heard the foregoing, Read slowly and thoughtfully, the items numbered (i.-xviii.) below. Be truthful to yourself and do this with the determination that you will not be afraid of the truth. Rather, you want to discover and diligently obey the truth, so that, if there be any veil of deception, the power of resurrection will tear it asunder in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Check: are you deceived in any area? Please be sincere with yourself before God and while you still have the opportunity to make it right with God during this period of grace.

 

Remember, we are to judge ourselves (1Corinthians 11:31) and examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith (2Corinthians 13:5).

 

Is any of the following part of your lifestyle or consistent with your habit?

  1. The person that has turned aside to serve other gods and yet attends church is deceived (Deuteronomy 11:16).
  2. The person that trusts in vanity is deceived (Job 15:31).
  3. The person who prays & fasts, gives money to the church while living in disobedience to the Word of God is deceived (Isaiah 58).
  4. The person who follows false prophets with signs and wonders is deceived (Matthew 24:24).
  5. The person who follows leaders and others that claim to be Jesus Christ or equal to Him is deceived (Luke 21:8).
  6. The person who evaluates his wisdom by the standard of age instead of by the wisdom of God is deceived (1Corinthians 3:18).
  7. The person who thinks he can continue to sin and then escape from the consequences of sin and enter the kingdom of God is deceived (1Corinthians 6:9; Romans 1:31).
  8. The one who keeps bad company with evil communication and thinks he can remain untainted is deceived (1Corinthians 15:33).
  9. The person who thinks himself to be something when he is nothing is deceived (Galatians 6:3).
  10. The person who thinks God can be mocked is deceived (Galatians 6:7).
  11. The person who thinks he can sow a thing and reap something else is deceived (Galatians 6:7).
  12. The person who continues in the same things for which the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience and thinks he will be spared is deceived (Ephesians 5:6).
  13. The person who says Jesus Christ has already come the second time is deceived (2Thessalonians 2:3).
  14. The person who is evil and seducer is a deceiver and is being deceived (2Timothy 3:13).
  15. The person who hears the Word of God but does not apply it to his life is deceived (James 1:22).
  16. The person who does not bridled his tongue is deceived (James 1:26).
  17. The person who says he has no sin deceives himself (1John 1:8).
  18. The person who does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is deceived and a deceiver (2John 7).

 

Remember: that the above list (i.-xviii.) is not exhaustive. This is given to prime your mind and just to show some of the ways people are deceived or deceiving others. A little thinking and you will be able to add more to the list.

 

The problem of the deceived and the deceiver is that both are:

  • alienated from God,
  • do not and cannot know God,
  • remain in bondage to sin and its consequences, and
  • are heading for destruction if they do not change.

 

This is a dangerous state to be. But God has also provided a way out of this dangerous situation. 

 

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

 

Don’t go away now.

 

I believe God has brought you here for a purpose. Having read thus far, I also believe you may be seeking the truth with the intension of having the relationship that God demands of you with Him.

 

Therefore, I implore you to think carefully about what you have read and heard now. If perchance you have discovered that have been deceived or been deceiving and you want to change, and indeed I implore you to change now.

 

Deliverance and freedom are possible, but only take place when you know Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Saviour and your Lord. You may find that deliverance here (make here clickable to salvation message)

 

May be you are saying:

  • “But I’ve already done that. I’m born-again because a prayed a sinner’s prayer somewhere”
  • Or “I’m a worker and hold a high post in my church.”

 

True as in truly? That’s OK. But please check this out for now. (make check this out clickable to “the mistakes about conversion

 

Seek To Understand  0

Seek to understand the Word then share it

I implore you to stop living on the faith of others only. Stop living only on the crumbs that fall from the tables of those who take their faith seriously enough to make time for diligent study of the word. Rather, in addition do your own diligent study too.

 

If you don’t seek, know and practice the truth of the biblical Christian faith, you are practicing a false religion and you can only spread and encourage error as a false teacher, a purveyor of death.

 

Who will you blame if you don’t make it to heaven? Nobody but you!

 

Stop giving excuses that you are busy! You can spend hours watching TV, surfing the net and chatting on the phone yet you have no time to improve your knowledge of your faith!

 

How can you love a Lord you don’t know and whose instructions you don’t care to find out?  Know that ignorance is no more an excuse before the Lord. I implore you to stop wasting the precious time God has given you.

 

What is more important than that you should practice your faith according to how God demands to be worshipped and detailed in His written word?

 

Know this that amongst those who claim to be Christians one of the greatest weapons of mass destruction is ignorance of the word of God. It is a very potent weapon in the hand of the devil. It is a major reason why false teachers and heretics are getting away with murder literarily.

 

I concur with that old saint who has now gone home to be with the Lord. He said “it is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals than to speak falsehood that comforts and then kills.”

 

On my part I will rather you hate me for declaring the whole counsel of God than you love me for telling lies and hiding the truth because of any potential, perceived or real gratification.

 

Please, remember this:

  • Jeremiah was not cast into the dungeon that has no water but mire for patting sinners on the back and telling them “God loves you but hates the sin in you!”
  • John was not banished to the island of Patmos for conducting deliverance services for people who were supposed to have been saved but were continuing in their sins and cultural practices and loving it; people who claim to be free while still being shackled by their traditions and superstitions and other consequences of syncretism.
  • Peter was not killed for preaching prosperity message and declaring to sinners walking contrary to God while claiming to belong to God “God is here to bless you. Indeed, he has sent me to bless you. You can have your best in the here and now. You just need to sow more dangerously. Speaking prophetically you are getting a miracle within 72 hours!”
  • Neither was Paul beheaded for conducting seeker-friendly, friendship evangelism, saying to the people who were helping him: “Don’t talk about their sins. Rather tell them that God is here to listen to them and do just what they want and give them all the desires of their heart. Let them coming first and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. And while at it let them know that we are ready to listen to them tell us how we should do church; we shall to whatever they want so they can stay and be blessed”
  • Part of the reason the author and finisher of the biblical Christian faith the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified was because He told sinners: “Except you repent, you will likewise perish” (Luke 13:3-4). When God ordered the extermination of Sodom and Gomorrah He did not tell them: “I love you and hate your sin”. Rather, the sinner and his sins are one. The sinner either forsakes his sins and turns to God and is saved or he holds on to his sins and God turns from him and he and his sins perish together. 

 

“Christian” where do you stand? How are you involved? Remember, we all shall give account!

 

  • I pray daily for understanding of the word of God and both the courage and strength to be able to declare the whole counsel of God under the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

  • Brethren, may it not be that you treat the written word of God as a common thing, of less value than the opinions of men!

Don’t tell me that “but I’m not Jeremiah or an apostle” the Holy bible says you belong to a royal priesthood (1Pet 2:9). Do you believe that? Then act as a priest of the Lord Most High now.

A Christian Professor Or A True Christian?  0

 

Speaking of a Christian professor in contrast to a true Christian might seem to be a contradiction. This is because biblically speaking there is only one type of Christian: a person who has received the genuine gift of repentance unto salvation by faith through grace in the Lord Jesus Christ and is diligently living in obedience to Him as his Saviour, Lord and King. All others are non-Christians. But for the sake of popular speech and common understanding such a phrase is necessary.

 

I have often heard some people say that you cannot actually know a true Christian. But this is contrary to the Holy Scriptures for we are instructed as to the characteristics of a genuine Christian. I encourage the doubters to read the whole of the book of 1John. Meanwhile here is just a sampling of some of the distinguishing traits:

 

Concerning The Holy Bible, an unregenerated person (a Christian professor) may read the Holy Scriptures but will still not have faith. Though such ones may even take to studying the Holy Bible they will not be better than other unbelievers who have nothing to do with Christianity as they will have no life of God in them. A professor of Christianity may have a reading plan and even read several chapters of the word of God every day and yet never appropriate a verse of Scripture.

 

In listening and hearing, a carnal professor will usually boast of having attended numerous conferences: I was in this conference and that conference; I have been under the ministration of or heard numerous popular preachers. He comes out of each meeting extoling how powerful the message was but he never seems to be affected by the power. He may have and be listening to many sermons every Sunday and indeed all weekdays as well yet 10 or more years down the road he is still as dead spiritually as the first day in church. Such reckon their spiritual status by the number of years since they have been coming to church or since they came in contact with Christianity. Ever hearing, never understanding and never growing, rather they are hardened.

 

In prayer the sentences flow from his lips as readily as that of a person with verbal diarrhoea; he has a very impressive repertoire of pleasant-sounding phrases and words; Scripture verses seem to run through his mind as freely as a dam breaking its bounds, they just gush out in torrents. They are adept at saying nice prayers which are just mere meaningless words. They think prayer is for show: how much you can shout, stamp your feet on the ground and jump around sweating like a turkey who knows he is the next at the dinner table. Observing them at prayer you may be tempted to think they are the offspring of Baal worshipers in action as in the days of Elijah!

 

In conversation the Christian professor can talk glibly and frequently orthodoxly of doctrines, yes and of worldly things too. He switches smoothly between the two according to his mood, according to his audience and according to the perceived advantage and lucre he is after at the moment. To him nothing seems too sacred to peddle. In his attempt to display knowledge, he only often exposes his ignorance and unbelief.

 

I have heard some people say it does not matter how you dress or speak as long as you have Christ in your heart. Such are either ignorant or deceitful because what is inside is reflected by what is happening outside. One even said “am a Christian but not religious and I worship nobody” What a confused mind! Can you be a Christian and not worship the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

Please remember this: as it is internally so it is externally. What is resident within the heart is reflected on the outside. The heart in which the Lord Jesus Christ reigns will be productive of fruits that are in keeping with the character of Christ. Hence, the difference is just as real between the genuine Christian and the nominal Christian in their daily lives.

 

And remember this too:

Faith applies the whole of the Word of God in all its glorious detail and authority:

  • Hence, Faith applies the fearful threatening of the Word of God and trembles before them.
  • Faith applies the warnings of the Word of God and endeavours to obey them.
  • Faith applies the precepts of the Word of God and looks unto God for the grace to be able to walk in them.

 

And this faith is what distinguishes the genuine Christian from the professor, the one who is one in name only. But this faith is also the genuine faith too. This genuine faith cannot be worked up or be exercised at will nor can it be legislated by law or be forced on a person by any one. This is the faith that is God-given: it is a gift. This is the Holy Spirit-given and Holy Spirit-moulded faith in the heart.

 

This is not the mere head-knowledge and intellectual assent to the truth that the carnal professor possesses.

 

Rather the divine faith is a living, spiritual and vital trait. It is:

  • the faith which “purifies the heart” (Acts 15:9);
  • the faith “which worketh by love” (Gal 5:6);
  • the faith that “overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4).
  • This faith is the faith that is divinely rooted and sustained in the midst of trials within and opposition without.
  • This is the faith that makes its possessor to exclaim “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15), “For I know that my Redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25).
  • It is not a common faith for it is found only among the genuine of God.
  • Where it is, it cannot but be manifested! 

 

Do you have this genuine faith? If not begin to pray for it for you may actually have labelled yourself “a Christian” while in reality you do not belong in the household of God.

 

Please diligently observe that this divine faith is not always exercised nor is it equally strong at all times. However, the genuine Christian who possesses it must be taught through experience which is often painful, that, as he did not originate it neither can he command it at will and therefore he must turn to its author and originator for the needed sustenance. He must often turn to God and say “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

 

And therefore in contrast with the carnal professor, we see with the genuine Christian with this divine faith that:

  • when reading the Word he is enabled to lay hold of its precious promises;
  • when bowing before the Throne of Grace, he is enabled to cast his burden upon the Lord;
  • when he rises to go about his temporal duties, he is enabled to lean upon the everlasting arms;
  • and when he is made to pass through the valley of the shadow of death, he will  triumphantly cry “I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” (Ps 23:4).

 

O Lord our God grant us the divine faith that has been the privilege of all your saints through the ages that our lives may truly begin to “shew forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1Pet 2:9).

What Is Your Beginning?  0

Oh yes, what Is Your Beginning?

 

By the question “What Is Your Beginning?” I mean “How did you come to be or to be called and or addressed as a Christian?” Just how did it happen?

 

About foundation: It is the part of the building that carries the rest of the superstructure.

It is in most parts not seen. It is the only part of the building that if faulty will lead to the building being demolished. In other words a faulty roof, ceiling, window, door or other parts can be replaced without having to demolish the whole building, but not so the foundation. The whole building must be destroyed if the foundation is faulty.

 

That brings us to the beginning. I mean your own beginning as a Christian if you consider yourself to be a Christian. Yes, you looking at me and reading this now. Stop looking over your shoulder, stop pointing at someone else. How come you are a Christian?

 

Some questions may help you conduct a proper self-examination:

  • Where and how did you hear or get to know about Christianity?
  • When did you become a Christian?
  • How did you become a Christian?
  • What is/are your source/sources of information about the Christian faith?
  • Since becoming a Christian how much has your knowledge of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Holy Spirit, of the Holy Scriptures and of man especially you changed?
  • What is your world-view?
  • How did you obtain or derive or deduce or concoct or arrive at this your world-view?

 

The answers to all these questions are important because they may show whether you are a genuine biblical Christian or you are just an acquaintance of the Christian faith commonly referred to as Christian professor.

 

Please don’t be offended at this early stage. It is too early for that, especially since we are talking of a life-death matter.

 

Remember the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Scribes, the priests and other religious leaders in Israel? Most people and especially themselves thought and believed they were righteous and serving the true God truly. They read the Holy Scriptures every Sabbath.

 

But that was until the Lord Jesus Christ arrived at the scene. The Lord showed them from the same Holy Scriptures in which they claimed expertise that they did not know and were not actually serving the true God the way that God had prescribed. Not only that, the Lord told them they were in darkness and heading into hell unless they repented. Some amongst them repented and were saved. But many were mad at Him and eventually crucified Him.

 

So perhaps before now you have always seen yourself as a highly spiritual Christian, even with a long title and lofty position in a church and you believe you are heading straight to heaven. Therefore you feel insulted that anyone should dare question your authenticity. Who is this questioning my Christianity? Me, a bona fide anointed child of God! Do realise that there are many today claiming to be Christians who in reality have never known or been known by the living God of Israel.

 

Therefore I implore you to use all means available to you to scrutinise the foundation of what you believe so you will be standing on not just a solid ground but on THE SOLID GROUND: THE ROCK OF AGES that is the Saviour, Lord and King JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth.

There Must Be Change Now!  0

What is it to be: Life as usual or a walk with the Lord Jesus Christ in 2013?

 

A merciful God gave us time in packages.

It is another 12-month package! Yes, package 2013. I’m sure you have received the first week and you are now into at least the second week that is why you are able to read this now. What number is package 2013 to you? 18, 21, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, or whatever number is yours?

 

What did you do with the previous packages?

 

You see, the all-wise God has not given us all our lives at one-go. But in His unsearchable wisdom, He has given us our lives in bits of seconds that make up minutes, that add up to hours which end in days. Then you have weeks, months and years.

 

Each 12-month package is ushered in with fanfare and celebrations. There are also determinations, resolutions, prophecies and such other things that man is capable of inventing which sadly, many usually do not survive beyond the month of the year or com to pass at all.

 

But do remember, each person has a finite number of packages to receive before his time is up. When your time is up, there is postponement, no delay and no excuse is acceptable? So be you redeeming your time.

 

What I wish for you!

I pray that as you receive and open each package that make up 2013, the contents will NOT be what you want or hope for, but it WILL BE what God has designed to do what He has purposed for your life.

 

May you therefore embrace willingly whatever your packages contain and bring honour and glory to the Lord all through the year 2013.

 

Whose will and kingdom?

Are you continuing in your will and building your own kingdom but covering it with Christian spirituality? Mark you, you are deceiving no one but yourself and the gullible, weak-willed you are leading astray.

 

As a bible-believing Christian, the only will and kingdom that must be and will be established is that of the Living God.

 

My burning desire for you is that you will be reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ, and if you are already reconciled, then that you will use all the resources at your disposal to walk the strait and narrow, continuously and vigorously pressing towards the mark of His calling upon your life in 2013.

 

What shall be done

We shall continue to speak of crucial issues and matters of the Biblical Christian Faith. This is with the hope that:

  • You will be provoked enough that you will take another and more penetrating look at your Christian or non-Christian life with the determination to stop being lukewarm and choosing a side. Will you be on the Lord’s side?
  • That you will be more determined than ever to please your Lord if you already name the name of the Lord Jesus Christ  
  • You will make more effort to increase in the knowledge of God so you will not continue to be led by every wave of doctrine or the latest inventions or innovations by the purveyors of misery and death that have invaded and are plundering the flock of the Lord Jesus Christ.   

 

I’m persuaded that as you do so, the Lord of the harvest Himself will give you the needed grace.

 

Foundation is all important!

Having this in mind, and the kingdom of God in sight, we shall assume nothing but start from the very beginning. This is because many today do not even know what they believe and why.

 

We shall start with the all-important foundation. You see, when a part of a building [be it the roof, ceiling, window, wall etc.] is faulty, such a part only is replaced. But when it is the foundation that is faulty, then the whole building must be pulled down, a new foundation laid and a new building is then built. You may be wondering as to why foundation, after all you are neither in the construction nor the DIY industries.

 

Please bear with me. Remember we all have need for a measure of patience either with ourselves or with others, and more so considering the subjects we shall be discussing.

 

In everything, the foundation, the beginning, the basis for a thing is all important. In the Christian journey, the foundation is especially crucial. Remember, other foundation can no man lay (1Corinthians 3:11). For only in Jesus Christ is there salvation (Acts 4:12).

 

We all have received the contents of the first week of package 2011. What did you find? Is life to continue as usual?

 

Please, there be a change

Are you in a retreat on the mountain or secluded somewhere and immediately you reappear and come back to earth the conniving, deceiving and fleecing will continue, howbeit, under the guise of new revelation indulging the flesh and building your own kingdom? Or do you come back sober, repentant, submit to the Lord and ready to mend your wayward ways?

 

You who are not privy to this wickedness in high places, are you continuing in indulging your fleshly appetites believing you are on the way to heaven, deceiving yourself? Or have you determined to mend your ways, come back to the Lord, and that you will not be led by the nose any more by anyone whether titled or not?    

 

Hence for us, it will not be life as usual, but a more determined effort to know the Lord and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering (Philippians 3:10).

 

Happy 2013!