Leap of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Testing (Pages 241-243)
“Beloved, do not believe in every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that is coming, and now is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.“
1 John 4:1-6 (nasb) (emphasis added)
Let this be clear: anyone who chooses to persecute or ridicule other people for any reason has fallen under the spirit of the antichrist. You have not paid attention. You have not remained strong when you needed God’s strength the most. You have allowed the evil nature of the world to control you, and you have not saturated yourself with the Word that guards your spirit and heart (The Testimony of Jesus). Many hearts have been filled with jealousy and greed and are unwilling to take the direction from God. This been written out clearly from long ago, yet people continue to ignore God’s instruction. This is not a direct accusation but an observation. We, as brothers and sisters in Christ, are responsible for administering constructive criticism when we see a person who is lost or being manipulated…(Secret Service to God)…(Battles in Heavenly Realms)… We are to be confidants and guides for one another. Trust is essential. I watch your back as you watch mine.
Do you understand the consequences for actions in performing illusions such as signs and wonders? Do you take God’s instruction lightly? Have you disregarded His Word? Many have not given an adequate amount of time to God. At this point in the game, you better realize what you are up against…the most powerful Angels of Heaven…and the Son of God…. You need to realize that all of the cards fall in the Son of God’s favor…if it were a game…but it is not…This is as real as it gets, in regards to eternity…
This is not a matter to be taken lightly. For every person this should be the most important aspect of your life and a wake up call… The spirit of the antichrist allows for no trust to ever be established. Do you not know this? Without the Spirit of God, there is no trust among people. Be sure that you maintain the Spirit of God. Without it you are forever lost.
Those who have the Spirit of God are easy to perceive, embrace, and sense…. Although they hold a warrior stance, they possess the fruit of the spirit. They are without a doubt calm and cool, but when it comes down to it, they will defend themselves with full authority granted by God. Maintain this mindset at all times. (Blueward-Eternal)
Even though the antichrists persecute you, you can cut them to pieces with the sword of the spirit. The sword of the spirit is that of the Word of God, which comes from writing and your voice… When you are fully saturated in the spirit, God speaks through you and uses you as an instrument. You are one of God’s very own, and He loves you unconditionally. Many times I wish to firmly address those who ridicule and manipulate, but I know that the greater cause is to leave it up to God to address the matter (Secret Service of Angels)…We must remain in control and not allow the enemy to win by getting a rise or outburst of anger from us. Remember that Satan always desires an outburst of anger and for us to react in this way. He wants to destroy at all cost, and we are to overcome Satan by being calm and speaking in absolute truth at all times. Maintain your focus. Be sharp.
Those who have chosen to seek God and trust in Christ are the coolest and most real people on the face of the earth and in the Kingdom of Heaven…They are without arrogance, ego, ignorance, envy, or conceit. I love these people. They are God’s chosen people. Be humble and trust in the Lord for all things. Honor God in all that you do by overcoming evil with good. This is the battle that we face. Our cause is worthy. Just be you and be cool! Encourage one another when you see a brother or sister in need. God loves to see you help one another.