The so called spiritual
warfare talked of in Ephesians
6:11,12 ("Put on the whole armour of God-(and
has the whole armor?),
that ye may be able to stand against the wiles
of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.")-is fighting
persuade yourself that you deserve all God has made available for you.
Spiritual warfare involves fighting
yourself so you can look at yourself the way God actually now sees
you – holy, perfect and righteous, and
as an equal with Him -Philippians
2:5,6 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who,
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God." But 'falsies' turn
it into 'fighting the devil'.
Without understanding what the true
gospel (means 'good news') message is, fellowship can be destroyed by an
alternate gospel -Philippians
1:3-5 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every
prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship
in the gospel from the first day until now."
5:20,21,23 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and
prudent in their own sight!...Which justify the wicked
for reward, and take aways-the
righteousness of the righteous from him!" Anyone that tries
to start you thinking that you are unrighteous when you have Christ in
you, is one to avoid.
False ministers teach a
of doctrines that tend to separate believers from the righteousness they
have in Christ; believers in whose hearts is the love
of God that binds believers together; teaching, for example – that Sabbath
keeping is more important (see also, which
is the true church today?) than
love of others who may
think somewhat differently – that you must serve God by avoiding others
who don't believe as your particular group might believe, that you will
churches have made the issue of Christianity, the type of life we live,
rather than the type of life He (Christ) lived. Thus many believe wrongly
that their weaknesses infringe upon a relationship with God.
Paul the great apostle, talked about
his weaknesses -Romans
7:19 "For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would
not, that I do." 1John
1:6,8 "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth...If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Paul
was a sinner, even after His conversion.
Was he in darkness? Not at all!
Never doubt your salvation by your
conduct, even though some may teach that your performance is important
be right with God. Performance is important towards
a reward in salvation, but salvation is your gift from God thanks to
Jesus Christ's righteousness being imputed unto you.
minister may indeed be sincere, in that, he believes he is telling
the truth. You have to check up yourself on what is said -Acts
17:11 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures
daily, whether those things were so." False
ministers tell us "God is angry with the wicked every
7:11 ".....God is angry with the wicked every day."), when
original does not mean that and they don't understand the message of
God anyway -Luke
6:35 "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of
the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil."
God tell us this and maintain a different standard for Himself? I think
False ministers emphasize the keeping
of parts of the abolished Mosaic
Law, rather than showing the things about Jesus regarding the law -Acts
28:23 "And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him
into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God,
persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the
law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening."
Believing that way may threaten the
grace of God (Hebrews
10:29 ".....who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted
the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing,
and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?")
you are in by faith and cause a root of bitterness to well up in you -Hebrews
12:15 "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest
any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."
Bitter because your efforts to perform
will never be quite good enough and you'll feel that there is always something
else you must still do to keep right with God -Matthew
19:20 "The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from
my youth up. What lack I yet?"-...continues
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