“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinithians 11:12-15
The fact of the matter is, if someone has no interest in the things of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done, they are merely using the Lord for their own personal gain. No, not everyone is called to be an Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Preacher or a Teacher but every Child of God is called to live a holy and fruitful life. satan can imitate all things this side of Heaven except for sanctification. The devil’s fruit, his “sanctifying” will always lead to death.
“But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:3-5. From the day Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, Adam lived 900+ more years but it was 900+ years of spiritual death. Mankind was not created spiritually dead but was deceived by satan who appealed to Eve’s flesh (“pleasant to the eyes” vs. 6) and to her pride (“shall be as gods”). Adam and Eve were immediately conscious of their guilt. Thus the seed of sin was planted in your life and mine.
“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Phillipians 3:18-21.
The seed of sin IN us, which remains in us, the leaven that leavens this lump of flesh, was put ON (not in) Jesus Christ who paid the wages of sin to God (not satan) on Calvary’s Cross. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. However, Jesus not only satisfied our sin debt but He also gave us dominion over our sin nature (Romans 6:6) which is the seed of sin from Adam’s fall.
Some would argue that the seed of sin is removed upon our Salvation which is not so. We are sanctified, not glorified upon our Salvation. We are given power over that seed when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our heart and isolates that seed. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2. As long as our faith is placed in Jesus and what He did on the Cross, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do the work He is sent by God to do, which is to give us victory over our sin nature and lead us into all Truths of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will always point us to the Cross of Jesus for victory over sin, not to His power. He (the Holy Spirit) has no power in the Believer’s life to give them victory if the Believer doesn’t believe properly…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the only faith the Holy Spirit is commissioned to endorse, not faith in our self will or efforts. “For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the Power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18. The power of God is in the Cross of Jesus.
Always discern the seed of the fruit. The fruit may appeal to the lust of the flesh or the pride of man but if it leads to death, it is not of God. The devil has a counterfeit for everything this side of Heaven except sanctification. Sanctification requires continued faith, the same faith you came into Salvation on. There are many false teachers who are preaching against the things of God because of satan’s counterfeit. This is why we should all pray for discernment. It is extremely dangerous to call something that is of God as if it is from satan. These false teachers, who because of satan’s counterfeit work, reject God’s work as well, show a great lack of discernment . The devil raised his counterfeit, some took a bite and now those without discernment are calling evil good and good evil.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20. These are perilous days we live in but the Lord has given each and every Child of God the Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truths according to the Word of God. If you are seeking God’s Truth, His Spirit will quicken our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11) and His Truth will line up with His Word. The Lord did not leave us out in this world to flounder around until we meet Him in glory. He has given us His Word AND His Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truths when our faith is properly placed on Jesus Christ and His finished work. satan knows God’s Word better than most of us but he is still satan and he will twist God’s Word to deceive the brethren. However, praise be to God, we have the Holy Spirit and with our faith in Jesus Christ, He WILL quicken our spirit and we will line up with the Word of God as He (the Holy Spirit) gives us power over our sin nature and we are able to discern between the counterfeit and the Holy. Pray for discernment. – Donna Clark Warren