We as Christians can be deceived by Satan. Especially, since we love God, the Devil wants to find us at our weakest moments and tempt us, that we may fall. Only in prayer can we overcome these temptations and come out on top. Jesus said, 2“take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.” When the Lord mentions antichrists, it is meaning anyone that deceives us into believing that Jesus is not the Christ. John said, 3“who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist.” So this could be anyone that doesn’t believe in Jesus or even so called Christians, that deny that Jesus is the Christ. Therefore, we watch who we are around and look up to. If these people are not in line with our beliefs in Jesus, then they could cause us to stumble and lose faith. Please understand that the power of darkness is in all the land, especially now that we are in the last days. This is why fellowship with people in the same faith is so important, that we may stay grounded on the solid rock of Christ. Many people are going to fall, lest they be found seeking God. Therefore, abide in the Lord, lest you be one of them. Be found looking to God, often in prayer. As Jesus said, 2“watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
As hard times come to all believers in Christ, our daily prayers, Bible study, fellowship with other believers, and doing God’s will, will be our refuge in the storms. The Lord God will lift us up and bring us peace. He will give us guidance and direction, that we may stay on course. The Bible will help us know where He stands on certain issues that we may not fall into sin. Being around people of the same faith will be a blessing and encouragement to stay strong in the faith. Then, when our faith is put into action, we will be found courageous in doing as God commands. I mention these outlets in life, because times are not always going to be easy. We will need to know where to go in life, lest we be deceived. Jesus mentioned many things that we as Christians may have to go through, for His sake. 2“They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony.” Please know that your faith will be put to the test and it is my prayer that you come out on top. Never lose faith in Christ, who saves. Draw nearer to the Lord daily. Don’t lose hope in His promises. As Jesus said, 2“in your patience possess ye your souls”, and 2“look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” There is salvation to those that endure in Christ the Lord. Lastly, Jesus said, 1“he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for everyone that is in the faith. May they never lose hope in You Jesus. There is only salvation in Your Name. May they never forget this. May their prayers never cease, lest they fall into temptation. I pray that they continue to draw near unto You at all times, lest their faith is tried. May your words be written in their hearts and that they may be an encouragement to us all, when times of trouble. Help us discover the best outlets in life and give up anything that leads us away from You. Instead of constant TV watching, may it be replaced with Bible Study and prayer. Instead of allowing ourselves to go to certain events that lower our guard, help us make time with people in the faith. That we may fellowship with them and continue to look up to You. Lastly, may our desires be for You. Take every evil thought from our minds. Deliver us from any addiction that compromises our faith and break every chain. Lead us from darkness and into Your light. Help us be a light to this generation and live a life of faith. May our faith be known among the men and women that we are around and be used by You at all times. I know that I am safe, when You are in my life. I have no need to fear, for You are by my side. I love You Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Matthew 10:16-22 (KJV)
16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
2Luke 21:5-36 (KJV)
5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
31 John 2:18-25 (KJV)
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.