The present state of the church calls for serious reflections, particularly the believers lifestyle. Devil has practically succeeded in influencing and manipulating lives of many of the professed Christians as revealed a fore time that:
“And the huge dragon was cast down and out–that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.” Rev.12:9 AMP
Indeed, this world seducer- the devil had subtly deceived so many vibrant believers to ignorantly drop the kingdom baton in the name of civilization and modernization. It had become so worsened so much that you cannot even recognize a Christian at first sight without self introduction.
We have “unwittingly give Satan an opening…”(2Cor.2:11 MSG) to afflict the church. It is now the high time we awake to his sly ways. Therefore, the way out of this spiritual mess is our subject of discourse in our first series of this weekly teachings.
“While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end (the completion, the consummation) of the age?” Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish]. Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end. So when you see the appalling sacrilege [the abomination that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place–let the reader take notice and ponder and consider and heed [this]– Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; Let him who is on the housetop not come down and go into the house to take anything; And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his overcoat. And alas for the women who are pregnant and for those who have nursing babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation (affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now–no, and never will be [again]. And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened. If anyone says to you then, Behold, here is the Christ (the Messiah)! or, There He is!–do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). See, I have warned you beforehand.” Mat 24:3- 25 AMP.
There is no other era being referred to as perilous time besides the one we are in. In fact, this is the most critical age in Christian history, we have more Christian ministries with vibrant, gifted and spirit filled ministers, gospel messages are being preached through many medium widely than the combinations of all they had ever preached in the past generations. Yet the rate of righteousness and fear of God kept declining than we can ever imagine, it is so sadden that Christian lifestyle are fast becoming an old fashion, many scholars have synchronized righteousness to locality to the extent that many Christians are becoming ashamed of standing for God anywhere anytime so as not to be underrated. Many cannot stand to reject bribery in the office again because they don’t want their colleagues to see them as an uncivilized fellow. Many have compromised the bible standard on dressing and other christian values because they are being ridiculed.
However, all this should paint a picture to us that we are already in the day that Jesus spoke off in the above passage and His coming can take place any moment from now. So, I felt compelled by His spirit to share with you how to stand tall and not compromise in spite of all the changes and messes in the world today. May the Lord bless your heart as you read through this series in the name of Jesus.
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