All through history it can be seen, if you have eyes to see, the running not only in the opposite direction but as far as possible to escape what you fear most. This is what’s happening now in the world and specifically in America. There is great fear from the violent protesters in the streets and their talk of supporting an ideology of the far left, where many hold the doctrine of socialism or communism. This is no longer about racism. This fear will drive many into the camp of the right, those proclaiming law and order and a return to our founding principles. It may not stop there! As they push further to the right to escape the anarchist, they will gladly accept a heavier hand against those who are rioting or even those who are just protesting peacefully. As they push further to the right to escape the mayhem and the rise of socialism, they may even accept some form of totalitarianism for the sake of peace and prosperity. Of course, all this could eventually lead right into the devil’s hands. In the hands of the coming man of sin, he will remove many of the rules and regulations that keep big businesses in check and the rules that keep the government from overreaching its power. He and his followers will usurp the power of God, as they deny the power of God.
We as believers in Christ must enter this period with our eyes fully open to the leading of the indwelling Spirit. Let us always keep in mind that the Antichrist will seek to spread his diabolical net much further than just one country. Once he has captured one country then he will proceed to the next. His global agenda is the dumbing down of all religions, the rejection of the laws from a higher power, and turning to one’s own ability to sit on the throne of his own heart to solve his problems; perhaps this is a foreshadowing of II Thessalonians 2:4. The coming Antichrist is the complete opposite of the Christ in the Bible who both taught and lived a righteous life. The Antichrist will seek to unite all people by dumbing down their religion where it’s no longer paramount in the believer’s life. To dumb down these religions one must remove the power, convincing the population that there is no power to do those things that their God promised. Anyone with eyes to see can see this is already being accomplished amongst most world religions including Christianity. It’s essentially denying the power of God. It’s denying that He has any real power to do anything in the life of the believer. Are you denying the power of God?
When this is successfully accomplished, most of humanity will believe that this power must come from one’s self and not from some higher power. This is a very dangerous first step in nullifying your faith in God alone. It will put you on a very slippery slope into darkness, which is exactly where Satan wants you. For many years now the Antichrist spirit has been hard at work leading the entire global population to learn how to solve all of their own problems, no matter what they are, physical, emotional, behavioral, mental, or psychological. He has been telling them that they can solve all of their problems, convincing them that they have the power within themselves. He tells them that true power resides in them alone, not in some higher power. This is the greatest lie of our time, and we can all see where this has gotten us. Satan’s power has grown exponentially leading more and more of the population into bondage. We see it everywhere that’s now spilling into the streets of the world, that’s also created abusive and psychologically distraught homes. Instead of the world turning to God, seeking His power to overcome, they are allowing the devil to lead them into all manner of wickedness, causing them to fight back at a world that they can no longer understand.
They no longer see the problems in themselves, but they are allowing self-pity to rule the day. They are allowing Satan to tap into their many emotional and psychological struggles leading them to strike back at everything and everyone else, whom they now see as the root cause for their many problems. As they wallow in their self-pity because of the lockdown, the mask requirements, and the undue stress from others they have gladly put themselves into the hands of Satan to garner his power to stand against everyone and everything. It’s as though their old sin nature has been given full liberty to do whatever it pleases, to lose all control, to fight back with unchecked lawlessness. When they give their old sin nature full reign, there is no wonder that there is so much child and wife abuse, there is no wonder that they allow themselves to be driven into the streets to destroy property, loot stores, kill police officers, or anyone else that opposes them. As Christians, we must stand firm against the powers of darkness and the power of our old sin nature. As Christians, we need to learn how to access God’s power, to say no to the old sin nature, and learn how to stand against the wiles of the devil attempting to lead us into all manner of wickedness.
To access this great power in Christ, we must first believe. The Bible says, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (I Corinthians 4:20). And in another place, it says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). This power is a beautiful paradox, for the fallen world it makes no sense but for the Christian, it is great power from God. The paradox is when we become weak, humble, and totally submissive to the will of God then, and only then, will we access His great power flowing through us to accomplish His will. (See II Corinthians 12:9). The moment we try to do it on our own we will fail miserably. The Bible says, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace (Exodus 14:14). When we follow God’s will, waiting on the Holy Spirit to lead then we will have great power to subdue the enemy and put him to flight. We will have great power to say no to all the wiles of the devil. We will have great power to say no to all the temptations of the old sin nature. Glory! I hope that you are getting excited about the power of God. We don’t need to deny His power.
There is power in the Gospel (See Romans 1:16). I have seen this countless times when sharing the simple gospel to an antagonistic unbeliever attacking me at every turn. As you share the gospel you can almost literally see the blindfolds come off their eyes with a real softening taking place in their hearts. There is great power in the Gospel. Are you denying the power of God? There is also great power in forgiveness. Many of His children have fallen and have slipped back into darkness because they truly did not forgive others but have held onto the trespass for many years, repeating them again and again. If you have not practiced the three principles of forgiveness, you would have a difficult time convincing me that you have truly understood the power of forgiveness. If you still dwell on the trespass, if you still tell others, and if you still bring it up to the offending party then you have not truly forgiven, which keeps God from forgiving you (See Matthew 6:14-15). Here is the power of forgiveness, when you forgive then you take down the barrier, allowing God to avenge you and bringing about the possibility of true reconciliation with the offending person. Are you denying the power of God?
There is also power in self-giving love that turns the other cheek, goes the extra mile, and gives without ever expecting anything in return (See Matthew 5:38-48). This power is so great that it can remove the sword from your attacker and humble the most prideful opponent. The Bible says, “Therefore if thine enemy hungry, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:20-21). There is great power in love. Are you denying the power of God? There is also power in people being changed by Christ or transformation that we looked at last week in my article entitled, “God’s Children Are Slipping into Darkness.” If I had to only pick one thing to convince me of God’s magnificent power, it would be, transformation in Christ. This goes well beyond just turning over a new leaf or overcoming some old bad habits. This change literally changes everything, our character, our behavior, our attitude, our longing, our desires, our direction in life, and our personality. Everything changes even if you came to Christ as a person who never did anything really bad in your life, or so you thought. Without true change, we will never see the face of our Lord in heaven. Thank God we have been given the power to change from the inside out to the glory of God. Only God’s power can bring about this change. Are you denying the power of God?
In conclusion, we see little power today in God’s children as they continually slip into darkness being overcome by the beast to be revealed shortly. What we do see is constant learning without understanding. What we do see is a form of godliness as they banner their good works before others. What we do see is chasing after the world uncovering every so-called conspiracy theory. What we do see is chasing after every little news event in the world. What we do see is an increase in lawlessness with a beaten path to the counselor’s office. In so doing they are denying the power of God. The Bible says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (II Timothy 3:5). As God’s beloved children, we should be drawn to others who are growing spiritually in Christ. We should be drawn to those who are accessing and using the power of God, not to yell at the devil, but to stand firm against him allowing God to fight for us. We should be drawn to those who are using God’s power to become all that He wants them to be and to further His Kingdom here on earth. As Christians, we don’t deny the power of God, we walk in His power.
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