The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Antichrist, The False Prophet, and the Image, continued

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with,  that we should no longer be slaves to sin— (Romans 6:6—NIV)

Every descendant of Adam has a spirit of self-will in his or her personality. It is because of this aspect of our fallen nature that the sins of the flesh have the grip on us that they do.

God's way of getting at the body of sin that dwells in us is to crucify the old nature, the old, self-willed personality.

We have to choose to die with Christ on the cross and then be raised with Him to the right hand of the Father. This is a conscious choice we make.

Salvation through the blood of the cross will not be sufficient to protect us from the deceptions of a self-willed world order, a self-willed church, and the worship of money.

Being filled with the Spirit will not be sufficient to protect us from the deceptions of a self-willed world order, a self-willed church, and the worship of money.

In order to escape deception, in order to remain free from Antichrist, the False Prophet, and the Image of Antichrist, we absolutely must choose each day to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. We must live by the power of Christ's resurrection and share His sufferings.

Paul gave us the key to overcoming the deceptions of Antichrist. The key is as follows: "I count all things as garbage that I may gain Christ." Until this is true of us, until we turn away from every fascination that life holds for us, until we choose to lose our life rather than save it, we cannot possibly overcome the deceptions of Antichrist. We simply cannot overcome the deceptions of Antichrist by reading the Bible and determining not to be deceived!

If we say because we have "accepted Christ" we cannot be deceived we know very little about spiritual warfare.

Paul counted everything that had been gain for him as loss for Christ. As a result Paul was able to live in resurrection life and also share Christ's sufferings. This is the way of the cross. This is the only reliable cure for the deadly disease of self-will.

From the time Antichrist and his money-based culture begin to prevail in the world, from that very time there is a special blessing on those who "die in the Lord."

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." (Revelation 14:13—NIV)

"Those who die in the Lord from now on."

We see, therefore, that awesome forces are building—forces that will govern the world of the future. We must prepare our young people and children to "die in the Lord," meaning they voluntarily become the servants of Jesus Christ in actuality, not just in word only. And they must do this at the earliest possible age!

To be continued.