Mankind is always learning but never perceiving. He is always studying but never understanding. With man’s quest for the truth and his efforts in higher learning it has only driven him further away from the truth. With all of man’s dreams, visions, and so called prophecies it has only driven him further away from the truth. Like a rudderless ship many are always cast about by every wind of doctrine, but never coming to the simple truth. For a reason that I will explain later, many have never been happy with the simple truth, but have attempted to complicate it, by adding teachings, upon teachings, too such a degree that the truth is lost and man is left in the wilderness wandering about with no hope but condemned to a life of misery and greater confusion. In large part this is the condition of the church around the world and especially here in America. They have lost their way and no longer love the truth which has lulled the church to sleep. No matter what happens the church will not awaken until she returns to the simple truth. Persecution and death will not awaken her, nor will death and destruction caused by the increase in natural disasters, nor will wars or rumors of war, but they will remain in their sleep continually tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Even revivals will not awaken the church until she returns to the simple truth and demonstrate her love for it. Until that happens she along with the rest of the world will rest under the powerful delusion sent by God for their rejection of His truth.
How powerful is this delusion? This power is the same power that God used to create the heavens and the earth. It’s the same power that God used to raise Jesus Christ from the dead. The original meaning of this word “delusion” found in the Greek text has the idea of having no anchor, but being tossed about in a roaring sea by every wind of doctrine making it nearly impossible to come to the truth and not be condemned. Those who rest under this powerful delusion will feel no need to escape but will believe every lie driving them ever deeper into a state of confusion. They will always have a desire to learn more, but never arrive at the truth. They could quote all the prophecies in the Bible, but never know the truth. They could memorize the entire Bible and debate it with the best scholars, but never see the truth. They could even serve God with great fervor, but never understand the truth. As long as they rest under this powerful delusion they will believe the lie, but the truth will escape them.
The King James Version says, “…because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in wickedness” (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). Is it possible to recover these simple truths and no longer rest under God’s deluding influence? Perhaps, but first we must immediately jettison all of man’s attempts at complicating them by adding doctrine on top of doctrine. We must run from those people who want to debate the non-essentials while denying the very truths that have saved us. We must not let anything change them. Church doctrine must not be allowed to change the simple truth. The Pope must not be allowed to change it. Religious personalities must not be allowed to change it. The so called professionals must not be allowed to change it. The coming Antichrist must not be allowed to change it. Your circumstances must not be allowed to change it. You cannot change these simple truths unless you want to rest continually under God’s powerful delusion. Once you have rediscovered these truths it will bring great joy into your heart, it will be like finding a great pearl in a field.
So, what are these simple truths and how can we demonstrate our love for them? All these truths come together under one heading that’s called salvation. God sent Jesus Christ to save the world. He came to save the whole person, the spirit, the body, and the mind. We open the door to this great salvation through our belief in the Gospel, that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and raised by God on the third day. The promise of forgiveness and eternal life has blazed the trail to the miracle of our salvation experience. We are no longer left alone in a hostile world, but God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ promise to make their home with those who love Him. The Bible says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our home with him” (John 14:23). Wow! That is an awesome truth, but before the Holy Resident can come and dwell with us, we must repent and receive His forgiveness; we must agree to keep all of His Words and extended our love to Him. If you truly loved this simple truth then you would act like it. The Apostle Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…” (Galatians 2:20). If God the Father and Jesus Christ are truly dwelling in you, then why do you act as if they’re not? Why do you pretend that God is there during your religious gatherings, but deny His existence at other times? On the other hand, if you really believe this truth then you will live as if God is there all the time. To reject this simple truth demonstrated through your actions will cause you to rest under God’s powerful delusion, which will cause you to believe the lie.
If we truly accept this truth inviting God to come into our heart and take control of our life as Lord, then we will be made immediately into a brand new creation. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). Behold all things are new! We have a new personality; new likes and dislikes; and a new outlook on life. If you loved this truth you would act like it. Why do you keep looking back at your past life allowing it to put restrictions on who are or what you can become? When you accept the world’s static personality for yourself, then you have rejected this truth that God has given you a dynamic personality being changed step by step into the perfect image of His Son. Why do you believe the world’s professionals that have placed a label on you that can never change? Why are you allowing them to hold you back, keeping you from becoming all that God desires? To reject this simple truth demonstrated through your actions will cause you to rest under God’s powerful delusion, which will cause you to believe the lie.
As a new creation we need the resources to help us grow and become all that God desires for our new life. Therefore, the Bible says, “According to his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:3). You say that you believe this truth, but then you run to the world for their godless counsel. If you love this truth then act like it. Search the Holy Scriptures and discover all the great truths on how to stand against the enemy that is causing many of your emotional and psychological problems. If you obey His commandments you will soon discover that many of your problems will disappear. When you follow God’s counsel from the Bible then your life will change. If you still believe the lies of psychiatry and the world’s professionals then you are still in bondage to the old life struggling constantly with your sins, emotional problems, and unable to experience God’s presence. If you still believe the lies of the world then surly you are still resting under God’s powerful delusion, which causes you to believe the lie popularized by the world.
The ultimate goal of these beautiful truths is to allow every true believe in Christ to become partakers of the divine nature. The Bible says, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: (that stretch on like an endless string of priceless pearls) that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world through lust” (II Peter 1:4) These are the simple truths covered up in antiquity by the endless doctrines of corrupt men and religious dogma. On the other hand, if you truly love the truth then you will no longer rest under the powerful delusion, but will give you an opportunity to participate in the divine nature. What a glorious day that will be, set free at last to feel God’s loving presence as if you are being wrapped with a warm blanket on a cold night. How wonderful to hear His Words that cut through all the clutter and confusion of this world. How majestic to feel His power to overcome the enemy. How awesome it is to witness some of His miracles in your life and the life of others. What a wonder to experience an incredible joy that wells up inside you even in the most difficult of times. Then there is the peace that truly defies explanation that guards your heart. Yes, my dear friends, we can participate in the divine nature all to the glory of God. Let me be very clear, those who continue to rest under God’s powerful delusion will believe the lie that they might be condemned who believed not the truth. Therefore, let me implore you to love theses beautiful truths demonstrated through your actions and hopefully you will be able to escape God’s powerful delusion.
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