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Daily Bread - March 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:10
Matthew 7:21-22 - Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord", shall enter
into the Kingdom of the Heavens; but he who does the will of My Father Who
is in the Heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out devils, and in Your
Name done many wonderful works?"

Deception is so powerful that the deceived have no idea they are under its
ruthless and blinding power. What we must realize is God has no fellowship
with those who walk in darkness (1 John 1:6; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians
5:11). The most important proof that a person has been born of God, and
that they love and know God, is obedience (1 John 2:3-4, 3:24, 5:2; John
15:10). God has given us a faith that overcomes the world, and every one
who has been born of God has that overcoming power in their lives (1 John
3:7-8, 5:4-5,18). Just because a person appears to have gifts and signs and
wonders working through his life is no proof the person knows God. Satan
can transform himself into a messenger of light, and men can be wolves in
sheep's clothing (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Matthew 7:15-16). There are many
supposed miracle-workers among the Hindus and Buddhists; and we know that
whatever it is that they are doing, it is not by the power of God.

Those who work iniquity and call themselves the messengers of Christ have
no fellowship with God; and whatever it is they do is not by the Spirit of
the Lord, but a power of deception. We live in perilous times, and many
deceivers have come in the Name of Jesus. We must hold fast to the Word of
God and not believe those who try to tell us things should be taken away
from the Bible, or that they were for the time of the first-century Church
only; or for that matter, that anything should be now added through some
function of revelation. All of these ideas are inspired by Satan, and have
come to deceive the hearts of men.

Although there are deceptions and falsehoods all around us, we must hold to
the absolutes of the Word of God. Absolutes are essential if there is going
to be certainty. If we are going to move in faith, then we must have
absolute certainty about the things that the Lord has spoken. The Lord
Jesus reigns in righteousness and truth right now; and no one who tells
lies or works deceit in his or her heart can stand in His Presence (Psalm
101:7). Christ Jesus is Lord over His House and will execute judgment, even
though wrongdoing seems to linger. The Father has a jealous love for His
Son Jesus, and will not allow His Name to be profaned for long. It is time
that the Church arise in the Spirit of holiness and power. If there has
ever been in a time to move in the faith of Jesus Christ with the Gospel
that casts out devils and works righteousness, it is now! We must stand up
in His righteous cause and say, "No more!", to the things that profane His
Holy Name!

We must ignore the things in the realm of experience that present
themselves as contradictions to the Word of God. The realm of deception
would not allow us to find any place of certainty based upon the things we
can conclude from our observations. It is hard to understand how men can
actually come in the Name of Jesus and seemingly work miracles, yet still
live unholy lives; but what we must all conclude is they do not know the
Lord. Anything that does not align itself with the Word of God and the
fruits of the Spirit must be categorized as falsehood and deception -no
matter what kind of proofs may be seemingly provided. There are no
exceptions to the rule: a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither
can a evil tree bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:17-18). We cannot get
both sweet and bitter water from the same fountain (James 3:11-12). Those
who hold the truth in unrighteousness can not be restored; they must be
converted. The power of deception can only be broken when such a one will
face the sin and iniquity, and repent.

Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only! (James 1:22)
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