2 Thess. 2:9-10
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (emphasis mine)
I have literally been bug-eyed in the word of God this week. I am talking edge of my seat stuff. I shake my head as I study and think of how many people think the bible is just a historical document that is not relevant. When I tell you that it has been time spent in the Word that has changed me and snatched me from the flames... I am not even kidding. I've been in the back half of Daniel where it gets in to a lot of apocalyptic events and eschatology (things revealed and the study of end time events) and even though I have studied it in some depth several times, this time is different. I have found myself ticked off over the enemy trampling the saints underfoot and thought over and over how he is solely out to destroy believers and try to steal glory that belongs to God alone. It has ticked me off thinking about the times that I have fallen prey to his schemes. I even felt a strong fire in my bones over believers everywhere, praying for us to have a passion and love for truth so that we may stand firm and patiently endure as well as get our stinking eyes off of ourselves and on to the unseen war being waged before us. It has become apparent to me that if the word of God doesn't seem to readily apply to us then we refuse to study it and forfeit the greater blessing (as evidenced by popular mainstream "so called" Christian media). I am by no means a scholar however it makes me so mad when people are led astray by false doctrines and held captive to old wives tales and superstitions. The Spirit of God can make us smarter than we are (glory to God) and we need to wise up and know who God is through His word for ourselves. We are truly without excuse in this age of technology. I would venture to say we have a problem more with laziness and complacency in our walk with God and as a majority we seem to be in some sort of stupor spiritually speaking. We have got to wise up to the schemes of the enemy and to the wisdom of God.
For two or so weeks I have just been astonished with the courtroom scene in Daniel where the "Ancient of Days" takes His seat. I am reminded that He will avenge even though He is patient and not easily angered. There is nothing that escapes His sight and nothing will be left undone. I am so comforted that He has the final word and will destroy satan with His very breath. He will blow on that scrawny coward that is surely more powerful than our own strength....but not to Him. Any sin that is not covered by His blood will be avenged and I do take comfort in that.
I am amazed yet again as I see how God's word was given to Daniel and John http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifthe Revelator and how history has fulfilled the word given to them beforehand. It is truly mind boggling and builds up my faith. Then, I have been mad over certain books that have come out with some new vision of heaven or whatever. I am not saying that one couldn't get one but I think we need to be wary of any new revelation that doesn't come from scripture. I also wonder why people can write these books when these dramatic visions are in scripture and the recipients literally fell down as dead when they received them. Daniel was horrified and perplexed, Paul was not even permitted to tell certain things and John fell down as dead. I hope someone is with me on what I am trying to say.
My point in all of this is that we will indeed perish (spiritually speaking) either by wasting our life that we are given here or destroying ourselves from lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
With my hormones going nuts from pregnancy I will be the first to admit that I have had to cry out for a hunger for God's word. If you read my journal you would see me asking God to give me a love for His word. I can promise you that is His will. Not to puff us up but for us to know Him and delight ourselves in Him. Our hearts and minds are havoc without truth. Look at how inundated we are with flat out garbage. I also shake my head at the time I have personally wasted that I could have taken to know Him more. So I encourage you to ask Him for a love and hunger for His presence.
Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
The enemy is out to deceive us and deceive the lost that they may not come to the knowledge of the truth. Please let it make you mad. Let the Holy Spirit lead you and I into all truth...however we can refuse the truth that is able to save us. No matter what let us cry out for truth in what is seemingy a perverse generation. Let us not harden our own hearts and so delude ourselves. In this life and in eternity may the cry of our heart be TRUTH!