Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8.
The fallacies of Satan are now being multiplied, and those who swerve from the path of truth will lose their bearings. Having nothing to which to anchor, they will drift from one delusion to another, blown about by the winds of strange doctrines. Satan has come down with great power. Many will be deceived by his miracles.
I am instructed to say that in the future great watchfulness will be needed. There is to be among God’s people no spiritual stupidity. Evil spirits are actively engaged in seeking to control the minds of human beings. Men are binding up in bundles, ready to be consumed by the fires of the last days. Those who discard Christ and His righteousness will accept the sophistry that is flooding the world. Christians are to be sober and vigilant, steadfastly resisting their adversary the devil, who is going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Men under the influence of evil spirits will work miracles. . . .
We need not be deceived. Wonderful scenes, with which Satan will be closely connected, will soon take place. God’s Word declares that Satan will work miracles. He will make people sick, and then will suddenly remove from them his satanic power. They will then be regarded as healed. These works of apparent healing will bring Seventh-day Adventists to the test. . . .
If those through whom cures are performed, are disposed, on account of these manifestations, to excuse their neglect of the law of God, and continue in disobedience, though they have power to any and every extent, it does not follow that they have the great power of God. On the contrary, it is the miracle-working power of the great deceiver. He is a transgressor of the moral law, and employs every device that he can master to blind men to its true character. We are warned that in the last days he will work with signs and lying wonders. And he will continue these wonders until the close of probation, that he may point to them as evidence that he is an angel of light and not of darkness.
Maranatha p. 148
——Please pray for my mom who is in the hospital with pneumonia. She has made the decision to go on hospice for an additional medical condition. Susan
—–Please pray that God will supply all my children’s needs. L
These past few days I have had a very bad head cold. It is a virus that is going around, so I’m not the only one in the area who brought in the new year feeling quite miserable.
However there is a much more serious virus that has been spreading throughout the world. We all are infected with the “virus” of sin. How many times we are so congested with the sins that bind us that we feel like we are drowning in a sea of evil habits, evil thoughts, wrong attitudes, wanting to fit in with those around us. This sin virus does not just “run its course” and we get well like a cold virus does. Sin is fatal. Solomon observed, “A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. . . . Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.” Prov 6:12-15 Paul lists the symptoms of the virus of sin so prevalent in the time in which we live, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 1 Tim 3:1-5
Paul tells us, “the wages of sin is death.” Praise God! He does not stop there. He continues with the remedy for the virus of sin, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom 6:23 Our Dear Saviour provides us with a way of escape from the sin virus that is destroying us. He loves us so much that He “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14 Indeed, His Great Heart of Love is yearning over us. With tears in His voice He pleads, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die? Eze 33:11
May we turn to the Great Remedy for sin, even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May we follow His commands that we may be cured of the virus of sin. May we daily walk so close to Him that we will not become reinfected with the sin virus is my prayer.