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Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.

1 Timothy 4:1-2

We are given many hints in scripture for when we are coming close to the end of time. What I mean by the phrase “end of time” is the time frame when the world as we know it will end. This isn’t supposed to be a scary time for believers. In fact, when Jesus or the other apostles spoke of it; there was almost a giddy excitement attached to their voices. Anyway, back to my point. We are given signs to watch for throughout scripture. We are told to pay attention to Israel, wars, and many other things. One of the most talked about signs in the New Testament is the fact that as we approach the end, there would be a “great falling away.” In other words, there will be people who once appeared to believe in God and His Word that will actually turn away from God and His church and become an enemy to both. Paul explains this event to Timothy in chapter 4 of 1 Timothy. Paul says it like this: the group that will fall away will depart the faith, they will start giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, and they will speak lies in hypocrisy. In my honest opinion, we are at the beginning stage of this as we speak. I see so many that used to be labeled as part of the church that stand in complete opposition to God’s Word and God’s people (the church). This isn’t a time for panic for believers, but it is a time to pay attention. It is a time for great passion and a sense of urgency to rise up within us. It is a time for war, and it is a time for consistency. God has much for us to do, and we need to get really focused on Him in this moment. We need to read, pray, and worship like never before. Let’s not be caught off guard. We see the signs.

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"It’s NOT What You See That Can Harm You The Most"

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It’s NOT What You See That Can Harm You The Most

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Ephesians 6:12

We (humans) spend a lot of time and effort in the natural. What does that mean? In the Bible, when the writers refer to the “natural;” they are talking about the stuff we go through regularly in life, the stuff you can put your hand on. For example, you have a job you do daily that is in the natural. You eat food daily in the natural. You converse with friends and family regularly in the natural. It is the realm we live in, and God certainly understands the reality of it. So when I say we spend a lot of time and effort in the natural, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just don’t want us to forget that there is also another realm. According to scripture, there is also a heavenly realm. It is much harder to describe and define. In short, it is where battles are taking place over our lives. It is the realm of the angels and the realm of the warfare for our souls. It is the realm that God often moves in before we see it in the natural. It is the place of our prayers. It is the place where we call on God to move on our behalf or on the behalf of another. It is mostly unseen and mysterious, but is real all the same. It is also an area that the Word encourages us to acknowledge, visit, and learn. So, even though we spend a lot of time and effort in the natural; we need to learn to start spending more time in the heavenlies. The heavenlies are where the real battles over our lives are won. It is where principalities, powers, and the ruler of the dark resides. He is no other than Satan. In Ephesians, Paul puts it out there as blunt and as honest as he can. He says to us, We wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against these principalities and powers I just spoke of. He is letting us in on some inside information. If we want to walk in victory in spiritual things, we must learn to fight in the spiritual place. We must learn to pray and call upon God to move in the spiritual realm. When God brings victories in the spiritual realm it changes what we see in the natural one. In short, we need to get busy fighting with the weapons of warfare that God has given to us; the ones connected to the spiritual realm. Why? Because it’s not what you SEE that can harm you the most; it’s what you don’t see that is trying to destroy you and everybody you love.



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