Us Christians have an invisible enemy the world knows nothing about. Our common enemy is the devil and he is a killer. If the world knew about his criminal activity, perhaps they wouldn’t dress like him at Halloween or joke about him. The devil walks among us seeking whom he may devour, he is looking for the ignorant, those who slumber and sleep.
Mathew 24:4 And Jesus said: take heed that no man deceive you.
If you know for a fact that impending danger is coming you can prepare for it and minimize its effects. Jesus has done everything we need to live above the evil one of this world, if we get caught in his snare it’s our fault. The devil cometh and faith cometh, thank God faith cometh first. If we don’t pay attention, if we get into a stupor, the devil will move in and take advantage of us.
James 16:13 When the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide us into all truth.
This is not just a cute Bible phrase, without the Holy Spirit we would never know the truth. If we are divinely connected to the Holy Ghost, He will keep us from the evil in this present world. It is truth that keeps us separated from the devil and his world system. If the truth is a priority to you and you insist on having it every day of the world, you are on alert and the devil cannot have you. I know a lot of Christians who are shipwrecked because they slumbered and did not pay attention.
2 John 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world who confess not that Jesus is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-Christ.
The devil has recruited and trained men to deceive you and everyone has qualities that appeal to the believer.
You cannot judge a book by its cover.
Most of the deceivers I have met were the nicest looking people you can imagine and they had great personalities. They can only disguise themselves for so long but eventually their deceptive belief will need to come out. Don’t be in a rush to accept a person as your minister, a good tree will bring forth good fruit. The Holy Spirit knows who is of God and who is of the devil, He will reveal the heart of all men. Men who the devil has entrusted one of his pet doctrines to cannot keep it to themselves for long.
A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something.
Kenneth Hagin says the devil is a persistent cuss, he never gives up. If he can’t deceive you with one thing he will try another and then he will go back to what he tried afore time. Jesse Duplantis says the devil has Alzheimer's. Your spiritual integrity is on the line, you cannot afford to “zone out”, you must take everything to the Word. The Word of God is our spiritual filter, it strains and divides the good from the bad. We are not obligated to accept or trust everyone we meet, we are obligated to love them but not to trust them. Keep your guard up, make all preparations to disappoint the attempts of the devil.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.