“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13.
Our growth in the Lord is up to us. In the church today, when meat of the Word is fed many are offended. The words repent and hell are avoided in order not to offend. The power to choose and will as we please was given to us by God. What we do with this power is up to each individual. We will all give an account to God for what we did with this power granted to each and every one.
Deceit is the enemy’s weapon. I pray daily for the Lord not to let me be deceived and daily the Holy Spirit guides me to His Word. This is not something I “worry” about but something I’m aware of. The Lord has really impressed upon me to test worldly doctrine against His Word, which we should all do. After years and years of studying doctrine sometimes we forget whose doctrine we are studying. Eventually man’s word becomes the word. Eventually we are caught up in a religion that has become our foundation. Eventually that foundation will crumble.
For the past couple of weeks I have been asking the Lord to reveal to me the deceit of the enemy in the church today. Things that are not scriptural and have nothing to do with our salvation or growth in the Lord. The depths and revelations of and from the Lord Himself are just beginning the day we are saved; they don’t stop that day. Yes, the blood moons, shemitah’s and harbingers are extremely interesting. I guess I just have a hard time reconciling what they have to do with our salvation. Through these things are we not seeking a sign instead of seeking the Lord? Yes, revelation given to others is sometimes for all but isn’t it so much more fulfilling when the revelation is given to YOU as well. When we seek the Lord, He will reveal Himself to you…but we must seek the Lord for such revelation and not seek others for revelations.
“…You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.” Matthew 16:3-4
I wonder if the falling away from the church in the Bible will not necessarily be empty pews but empty doctrine. Our commission is to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20. Yes, we discern the times but we must also discern the spirits and not become distracted. We must remember satan has been defeated and we don’t have to do it again. Jesus Christ has won that battle for us, now we must continue winning souls for Him. Harbingers, shemitahs and blood moons won’t save a soul but the conviction of the Holy Spirit will draw the lost to the Cross of Christ. Even if we have been saved for 50 years, we still need to go to the Cross daily to remember our Lord Jesus Christ has already gained our victory. It is the humble heart that is drawn to the Cross.
The enemy would have us thinking he is in control. Please allow me to take this opportunity to remind him, and you if necessary, that our Lord has already made a spectacle of satan (Colossians 2:15). The light in us from Jesus Christ causes the enemy to flee. When we walk in a room, evil spirits begin to tremble because of the Holy Spirit in us. We don’t have to seek evil spirits out, they see us coming. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7.
Our salvation is up to us. Know who you are in Christ, not in religion. Seek God. Remember, it’s not over until God says it’s over. Praise Him where you are and rest in His finished work. – Donna Warren