By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Powerful influence to deceive exists today as the serpent in the Garden of Eden who enticed Eve to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The serpent made the fruit of the tree appetizing, pleasant to the eyes, and to be desired of, despite God's command to not partake of it, nor even touch it; lest they die (Genesis 3:3). (Comment)
There are those who stand for the truths of God's Word who desire to see a return of the godly nature which previously existed. There is also an onrush of evilness captivating the land as well, that makes such a stance look like little David facing the giant Goliath.
There are those who bear the fruit of corruptness; and unless identified, will continue be a powerful influence to deceive. The apostle Paul identified a fellow worker, which had forsaken the right way, loving this present world (2 Timothy 4:10). Many today; who once stood for the truths of God's Word, are being deceived into acceptance of the corruptness of man.
There is a war being waged between the forces of good and evil. There are ungodly traits being put forth that are being readily consumed. A powerful deception is in the offering; due to lack of godly influence.
We are seeing ungodly influences manifested that far exceed Sodom and Gomorrah which God destroyed as an example to those who afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). We are seeing un-righteousness presented; with acceptance becoming the norm.
Scripture tells of Lot who was oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked: for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, tormented his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8). Lot was so intrigued with some aspect of Sodom that he lingered when destruction was forthcoming. What influence would hold one captive at such a time (2 Timothy 2:26)?
There is an influence to mislead in the political arena; with difficulty in knowing who is telling the truth! The mainstream media is bias in their reporting. The social media is an unreliable source. There is division and mistrust with a lack of coming together for the good of the country.
There is a powerful influence to deceive in the sanctity of life. A Sunday school commentary noted: The loss of regard for the sacredness of human life is a dangerous path to travel. Many today embrace the "culture of death" for convenience; abortion on demand, euthanasia, etc. When human life is not treated as a sacred gift from God; life itself ceases to have any meaning or purpose.
Powerful influence to deceive will always be in the world; as long as ungodly influences remain. However, one does not have to be so captivated that they become enslaved! Scripture reveals that God always gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).
When they say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
The aging of man is a realty with no fountain of youth to intervene. There is the process of growing older and showing effects of increase of age with progressive changes.
Handiwork of God goes beyond man's abilities; utilizing whosoever He will to institute His ways. America was on the slippery slope of ungodliness until a change took place.
There is a famine in the land of hearing the words of the Lord! A problem exists in that many are walking in their own way rather than adhering to the Word of God.
Receiving the mark is much enhanced in the world today through modern day technology being but a prelude to what is warned against in God's Word.
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Scripture warns concerning seeking after a new revelation; of those who would show great signs and wonders, insomuch that if it were possible they will deceive the very elect.
Glimmer of hope lies within each individual; even in midst of drastic circumstances, especially if that hope is intertwined with faith in God.
Insidious behavior is acting or proceeding in a seemingly harmless manner but eventually doing great damage; actions that are similiar to the enemy of one's soul.
God's Directions for Life website is designed to help one identify with the Word of God concerning the economic, political, and religious times in which we live.
Vision from God: I saw a great sea with gigantic waves crashing furiously all around. I saw many people being cast about and struggling against the waves.