You do hit the nail on the proverbial head here! I appreciate your candor and seriousness about how you wish to live your life; this isn’t common anymore! You are like me in some ways living as an outlier to the majority.
“The ones who live in the world, including church-goers and not doers of the word, including lukewarm Christians, they all already belong to the enemy, so why go and look for them if he already HAS them?”
What you say in the following excerpt is driving home this concept and pointing out how critically important it is right now in this darkest period of modern time to truly be alert, vigilant and discerning at all times.
“We need to have our own relationship with GOD, we need to learn to hear and to discern HIS voice and HIS SPIRIT, this is vital, especially in the times we are living in when there are more wolves in sheep’s clothing than true Man or Women of GOD!”
What you say in this excerpt is valid and proper discernment in my eyes and heart!
“In the church is where I got hurt the most, because I come with an open heart and mind and then, they can prey on me easier – at least that was what it was like when I was a baby new born believer.
I may still be a baby to some of you, but I have grown more cautious, not everything that has GOD’s label on the outside, has GOD inside, too.”
We’re all babies because we are all so very helpless when we come right down to it and face the facts and stop putting on airs. We all break easily and will absolutely die at some point in the future! What can any of us even the greatest minds or most powerful leaders in the world do to stop death and provide all answers and needed directives to absolutely guarantee an eternal perfect afterlife to anyone? Nobody can; and many out there love to entice others with all sorts of messages or energy in their manner and speech, but, almost always it’s an illusion or even a smoke screen to hide what or who is really behind that curtain. Many humans are good con artists and even criminal as they do carry on in such a way; Satan that father of all lies is working his minions very well on earth to further deceive multitudes.
We know perfectly well the only flesh human being that ever walked upon this earth who had actually been prophesied and bona fide by eyewitness and much historical evidence as being the one and only being who could give us what we need most of all. And if we are truly humble being pure of heart desiring to know and then meet our God, entering through those pearly gates of heaven; which only Jesus Christ our Savior offered to us and will lead us to by our faith in Him alone!
Matthew 7: 13-15 “13Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Getting back to what you have said here about so many falsehoods happening in churches and all around us in this more and more artificial contrived world, which has taken the old “Ways of The World” spoken about in Scriptures and exponentially amplified its corruption, deceptions, temptations as well as great frauds that the masses are now believing and following; putting false gods before God Almighty of the Ten Commandments and breaking that first one with many or maybe even all the rest in the process! Just think of sins of the flesh alone which can and will condemn multitudes to hell, how in the old days the proliferation was minimal, but now with video and digital communication platforms this evil is anywhere just about with a click, it’s even in pop music and so forth; with many more in this age being ruined by sins of the flesh!
I say sadly that the majority of the human beings are now in potential peril of being unworthy of salvation at all. Industrial scale abortion is now to the point of a full term helpless baby being murdered and what could possibly be any justifiable reason for it, especially one that God Himself would accept? There is none, and so humans are making sacrifices of human babies to the modernist man-made Beast System and thus Satan, who is the price of this world and who rules the flesh material sinful realm; even the blasphemous falsehood of a president Biden wants to push through Federal on Demand Abortion across the country; pure evil. This is exponentially worse than what pagan idolaters of ancient civilizations like the Mayan Empire did regularly!
We are told to be in the world but not of it and that is literally what it means and how we should live each day, but, sadly we do not; most are just going along for the ride and then faking belief and Trust in the Lord. It’s too easy to do and very convenient to have your cake and eat it too, and be as you said a Lukewarm Christian or Faithful Believer in Jesus Christ!
2 Corinthians 10:2-4 “2 I beg you that when I come I may not need to be as bold as I expect toward those who presume that we live according to the flesh. 3For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Here is a portion of one of Billy Graham’s fine sermons that clearly defines what we are talking about here and should consider.
The warnings are clear. The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world.” The Bible teaches in Galatians 1:4 that, “[Christ] gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age [cosmos].” In other words, the world was such a great danger to our souls that this danger caused Christ, the Son of God, to go to the cross to deliver us from it.
Throughout the Bible, the lines are definitely drawn between the world of unbelievers and the world of the children of God. “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). Jesus Himself said, “The world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:14-16). Again Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
The Bible also teaches that the Christian will face opposition in the world. “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution,” said the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:12. Just as Christ’s life with all its love, concern and selflessness was a rebuke to the cosmos of His time, so our lives with Christ abiding in us today bring about criticism, opposition and persecution from those who cannot comprehend the mystery of God’s redemptive grace.
The Bible teaches that we are not to be discouraged by this belligerence. We are to consider it evidence that we are identified with Christ. Jesus said, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12). https://decisionmagazine.com/in-world-not-of-it/ by Billy Graham | January 28, 2016 | Billy Graham
This internet is a Devil’s Playground and so many are deluded or mesmerized by the click bait and followers routine; followers for what and to what avail? This is mostly frittering and wasting the time away, that precious time we have to make sure we have our houses in order for the Lord and are working diligently to serve the will of our Father in heaven who put us here for a purpose; His purpose; so when Jesus comes knocking on our doors we aren’t caught unawares!
I have a few previous blog postings I want to share that hopefully will shed a bit more of God’s light upon this subject and narrative you have eloquently presented here.
Discernment and spiritual awakening with the Holy Spirit speaking to us and in turn we hearing Him is the best thing to seek in order to stay on the one path that Jesus explained perfectly; John 14: 5- 7 5“Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
Let’s keep discerning and following the Holy Spirit not men or the system, but, still through discernment we can look for any good that exists in people or institutions and recognize any intrinsic good or value that God wants us to receive from them; learning to fully see God’s Truth in all things and make use of what he instructs us to, by His will alone; anything else will be not of God and we must reject it.
This world today is a very tumultuous quagmire and extremely dangerous for anyone, but, especially Christians who are being challenged and attacked from all directions! We must remember as long as we are in this battlefield our souls are in mortal jeopardy of being lost to eternal damnation. Too many people are nonchalant and think they are so on top of this professing to be good Christians, when they are just playing the game and are deceived or even deceivers; minions of the evil one.
God bless you and yours.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
If you think about it, would you be surprised that I sometimes notice more of the enemy’s presence inside the church – yes, including my own church, including in the sermons and in the people and in all the meetings I attend there – than outside amongst unbelievers?
Let’s look at JESUS’ time.
The Pharisees for instance.
Where were they?
They were IN the churches and not only that, they DOMINATED the Jewish Church at the time!
Let me tell you something, this has not changed until this day.
Just like JESUS / GOD / THE HOLY SPIRIT is the same yesterday, today and forever, so is the bible and what it talks about still very accurate and precise and correct today.
At least that’s what I have come to find the more I study it – and I have only started to study it intensely about almost…
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