How Much Do You Really Love Jesus?

Loving God

Have you ever asked yourself this question? How much do I really love God’s Word? 

Are you willing to lose friends over it?  How about family, are they more important than the Word of God? 

How far are you willing to stand up for The Truth?


Genesis 3:1-3

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”

The word “cunning” means prudent or wise but in a negative sense as to trick you through deception. The first thing Satan does is attack the Word of God. That is our only defense. Eve answered Satan correctly, repeating God’s Word, but then she seems to add to God’s Word with “or touch it.” God never told Adam and Eve that they couldn’t touch the fruit but that they couldn’t eat it. Eve literally added extra-biblical sources. Maybe she got it from her husband Adam who wanted to protect her and added it. The thing is that if Adam did do that he was adding to God’s Word which backfired. Once Satan got Eve to touch the fruit and nothing immediately happened to her she took the bite. 

We are living in a time as prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3 which says, “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.”

The closer we get to the return of Jesus Christ, the more lukewarm Christians will abandon sound doctrine for their favorite teachers, [WordPress] friends and status. 

What is a lukewarm Christian? 

A lukewarm Christian is a person who is not committed wholeheartedly to Jesus. He/she has one foot in the world to please people and the other to Christ to please Him. This is only done by compromising God’s Word. How does the Lord deal with someone like this?

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.

The phrase “I am going to vomit you out of my mouth” refers to rejection. When you play both sides, fully knowing or unaware by being self-deceived, you are living a life of godlessness. 

When a person claims to be in Christ and rejects the Word of God by adding to it with other materials, Jesus spits you out from Himself to have nothing to do with you. 

According to Genesis 3, the extra-biblical sources comes from Satan. If you do this or even support it, you are supporting the devil himself. 

Jesus repudiates men’s traditions [extra-biblical sources]. 

Matthew 15:1-3

Then Jesus was approached by Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem, who asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat.” 3 He answered them, “Why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?


Matthew 15:8 

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Professing believers who claim that they are honoring the Lord and are drinking from another source are making their hearts go farther from Him.   

What type of Christian are you, a people-pleaser or a person that pleases God?

You cannot be both.

 

 

 

 

VENOM: To Kill Your Faith In Christ

venom
Christians are its aim

What is Venom?

Genesis 2:16-17

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”

Genesis 3:1-4

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. 3 But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman.

Genesis 3:6

6 The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Attacking God’s Word by saying, you cannot rely on the reliability and inerrancy of Scripture, that is Venom

VENOM: Satan has one purpose and one goal, to kill and wipe out your faith in Jesus Christ by taking away The Truth from your heart through deception.

How does Satan inject Venom?

1 Timothy 4:1-2

Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

Teachings of demons:

  1. Atheism, there is no God.
  2. New Age Religion, all roads lead to God. A rejection of John 14:6-Jesus is the only way to the Father.
  3. False religion: Cults
  • Catholicism: Works based salvation and the worship of idols
  • Mormonism: A false view of Jesus who they claim is the brother of Lucifer
  • Islam: A false view of Jesus who the Qur’an teaches that He was not the Son of God and that He did not die on the cross
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: A false view of Jesus who they teach that He was not God and that Jesus was the first creation of God the Father. They also teach that Jesus is the Archangel Michael, they deny His bodily resurrection by saying that He did not physically resurrect but resurrected spiritually. 

What does Venom do to one’s faith?

2 Corinthians 11:3-4

3 But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

Venom makes you believe in a different Jesus from a different gospel that came from a demonic spirit. 

The outcome of deception is spiritual death.

John 9:39-41

39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”

40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”

41 “If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.

Self-righteousness is Venom


Anyone who comes to you and tells you to believe in a different Jesus is trying to inject Venom into your faith.

An Atheist who is telling you not to believe in God is trying to inject Venom into your faith.

These people don’t know why they have an impulse to go out and try to convince you to go against the Word of God. But, we believers know. They are being pushed by an outside source which is in the spiritual realm to destroy your faith. Remember, our fight is not against these deceived people but against what’s behind them, demons. 

Be ready…

Put on the Full Armor of God

and

stand your ground

 

 

 

Why Does Satan Believe That He Can Dethrone God?

Jesus vs Satan

That question always was an enigma to me. Let us go into Scripture and see the times that Satan thought that he could either take God’s place or make the Son of God worship him.

Isaiah 14:12-14
12 Shining morning star,
how you have fallen from the heavens!
You destroyer of nations,
you have been cut down to the ground.
13 You said to yourself:
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will set up my throne
above the stars of God.
I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,
in the remotest parts of the North.
14 I will ascend above the highest clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”

The five “I’s” basically means that he thinks, somehow he has convinced himself that he has the power and intellect to dethrone the God who has infinite knowledge and great power.

Matthew 4:8
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”

Here, Satan believes that by twisting Scripture, he can deceive Jesus. He believes this because he did it once with Adam and Eve who were both without sin. As you can see, Satan puts Jesus in the same category as regular men. The only reasonable conclusion for his delusional thinking is seeing the Son of God in a human body and perceiving His ability to sin even though that is impossible.

The reason why I believe Satan has this mentality is his blindness to God’s character and misunderstanding of who God really is. He thinks that God has a weakness and he is determined to find it but in vain will he look. 

Why do we have so many cults and false religion? Because they have a wrong view of the person of Jesus Christ. They mold and shape God into their image and way of thinking. They do this through other sources making them inspired, not that they really are, but they make it be in their hearts. 

The Word of God is the Anchor of the Truth. It grounds the soul in righteousness to obey God’s will. Any deviation will drift the person into deep deception, thinking he/she is serving Christ but in reality, they are serving Satan.  

Let us not misunderstand who God is but we must strive to know the Living God of the Bible for the sake of our souls.