Sooner Than You Think
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2Timothy 3:12-13NIV
Had the thought ever crossed your mind— ‘after all I endured, if this is the end times, can I make it through?’ Probably not by yourself, but, “ I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13ESV? God will take me/us through everything thrown at us.
Inside my heart, I’ve been hearing Holy Spirit say:
You were born for such a time as this. Jeremiah 1:5.
I’ve placed in you strength for these battles, Psalm 18:29.
Everything you suffered taught you— you can endure until the end, Hebrews 5:8, Psalm 119:69-72.
You are not alone, Hebrews 13:5.
My brother sent me a very interesting text last night. We were discussing not being deceived by the news media, or anything else put on social media regarding a person saying something, which sounded ‘unbelievable.’
There’s a Deep Fake technology called ‘Avatarify’
—This app allows you to take a face and voice from a video clip, use your facial motions to animate the face, turn the head, etc.
—The voice could be dubbed over whatever being said by someone else, making it sound, as if that person said whatever.
—Through this app— you could make off with my face and voice, to lie, use profanity and defame people. VERY DANGEROUS.
“You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge Me,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:6NIV What deception are we seeing and believing?
There are only two things which are trustworthy and true: God’s Word and prayer. Pointing us in any direction other than to God’s Word or prayer, we can be receiving false info ‘fake news.’ “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it” Matthew 24:23ESV. We have to be wise and discerning.
What is our safety net against the deceptions being mass produced by the medias? Paul instructed 2Timothy 1:6-7ESV “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Don’t be afraid. We’ve been given the deposit and baptism of Holy Spirit. With Holy Spirit comes gifts— “…there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; …For to one is given through the Spirit …the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 1Corinthians 12:4, 8. 10ESV. Distinguishing between spirits, (being able to decipher), the presence of evil or of godliness. This primary for the time we live in. Deception comes easier to someone who doesn’t sense any difference in good and evil.
Speaking to a prayer missionary to the United States, from South Africa, today, she told me— ‘November 11, Holy Spirit said to me, Get your spiritual house in order. Jesus is coming sooner than you think.’
With deception, evil, and persecution going from bad to worse, per our text, we need to have our spiritual houses in order. Without housekeeping, we can be deceived, lose our lives, or be left behind not ready to meet our King. Will you be deceived? Are you going to prepare for the return of Jesus? It’s your choice. You choose.
PRAYER: Lord God I come before You wearing the blood of Jesus. Thank You for the gifts from Holy Spirit. Help everyone reading this to not be deceived, and to prepare their houses for Jesus’ return, in Jesus’ name I pray.
by Debbie Veilleux
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