Saturday, April 16, 2011

Living in the Light, Living in the Dark

Make sure your words and your actions line up with the Word of God. 

For false saviours and false teachers will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. (Matthew 24:24)

Let Holy Spirit be your teacher.  Do not judge yourself by the world's standards, but by the Word of God. 

When we live and walk according to God's word, as his children, signs and wonders follow us.  They become evident in our everyday lives as we allow Holy Spirit to work more openly in our lives. When he guides our decisions, guards our health, provides our needs and desires, he also changes us to be more like Christ, and the result is the good fruit talked about in Galatians 5:22, But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!  He changes us this impacts the people around us.

The same is also true for the enemy.  He also uses false signs and wonders to shock and awe people who are searching for truth.  You just have too look around at the huge number of tarot, mystic bookshops, palm readers, astrologists, crystal and aura peddlers, and the ever present vampire fascination, that are no longer in the back lots but popping up in your friendly neighbourhood shopping centre.  As people search for truth, they look for easy answers, a quick fix, a little look into the future, an affirmation for their circumstances, a little magic to brighten their days.  They then feel empowered and more confident at having been 'spiritual'.  Any one of us can be spiritual. We are all spiritual beings.  But the realm of spirits is very much two sided.  There is the Holy Spirit and God's angels, that come from being in close relationship with Jesus and then there is the enemies spirits who will even masquerade as angels of light to deceive.  You see the fruit of the enemy is the complete opposite to the fruit of Holy Spirit.
Instead of love there will be anger and frustration.
Instead of joy there will be depression.
Instead of peace and patience there will be fear and nervousness.
Instead of kindness there is malice and spite.
Instead of goodness there is decay and bitterness.
Instead of faithfulness, there is dishonesty.
Instead of gentleness, there will be harsh words and actions.
Instead of self control there is greed and self indulgence.

I am not judging anyone but myself by sharing these things.  The passage above is warning God's children that they too will be deceived if they are not careful.  You just have to look at the huge amount of so called 'Christian' teaching around that has absolutely nothing to do with God's Word.  Not wonder the rest of the world is confused!  Are you living in the light or the dark?

If you don't yet know Jesus, ask yourself why?  Is is because of something that someone has said?  Is it because you haven't really given it that much thought?  Is is because you have been there and tried that?  The bible says that if you truly seek God he will not hide from you.  He wants to know you.  If you have truly met him, you will never be the same again.

If you have a story to share about God, yourself or the spiritual realm, feel free to share it in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you.  You can even be anonymous if you like. 

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