24 February, 2015
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked A man reaps what he sows
This morning God taught me how prevalent it is in this day and age that Satan has a counterfeit of everything that He does. This lesson happened after I read Jeremiah 20:7-9 and I was meditating, God showed me my heart and some people on the internet that are passionate about Him. It felt good to know that some of them are part of what I consider my close circle and spiritual friends on Facebook. The joy evaporated quickly when He showed me one website where there is equal passion operating through this site’s owner. While he calls many pastors by name and write about them so passionately, in the name of Christ, he smears their names and denounce them as false Christians. In God’s book this guy is no better than Pashur the false prophets who persecuted Jeremiah. What God wanted me to see was the passion behind this website’s owner posts and goals, on the surface looks similar to Jeremiah’s passion for the truth that was burning his heart like fire. I have to say that it felt disconcerting and discouraging to see how Satan can imitate God’s works so closely, that is until you look deeper into it.
Ephesians 5:6 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
There are several tests that can show us if we are being deceived by empty words. But, for the sake of today’s digital age, let’s assume the following: once you read something about true Christianity there are two ways to react to it. The Godly way will cause you to be upset because that is the effect of the gospel of God, it contrasts with your own unholiness. However, if indeed you are in Him and He is in you, there will be some sort of yearning in your heart to be like this person or to obtain knowledge of God and intimacy with Him, in the same way. This is INEVITABLE because He lives in you and it is the Spirit’s job. If this yearning, however small, is not there, then what does that say about Him, if indeed He is in you?
The other way to react, is that this person is truly getting on your nerves to the point where he or she is not only intolerable with his or her truth of Christianity, but something about this person’s writing just plainly P**sed you off. (Pardon my French.) Yet, the writing of someone teaching, preaching or spreading a half truth and making you feel really comfortable and invite you to sit passively in a lukewarm kind of Christianity where the beliefs that you are ready to accept are welcomed and justifiable, you can be sure, you are dealing with a counterfeit. The truth and the love of God are missing.
Romans 1:18 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,”
Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”