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The caricatures of Satan

Posted by appolus on April 27, 2015

thBut he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. (Jas 4:6)

The enemy is ever creating caricatures of the most powerful fundamental truths of Scripture so that people will flee from it; whether that be grace, obedience, holiness or the baptism in the Holy Spirit. He understands all too well the fundamental and elemental nature of these things to the saints. The Kingdom of God came down to us wrapped in flesh. The Kingdom had entered the world the moment Jesus was born. He walked in that power as did His disciples. He was Emmanuel, Christ with them. He would leave, but He would not leave them as orphans. He sent His Holy Spirit so He was no longer Christ with them but Christ in them and it was better for them for now the Kingdom of Heaven had taken up residence in their hearts. His Words, His teachings never change, they are the same yesterday today and forever. In fact the worlds will pass away but His word, every word that proceeds forth from His mouth stands. And we stand on it for it is like solid Rock and all other ground is sinking sand. One heart, one mind, one Body one Spirit one Truth.

God has called us to be obedient. He has called us and we walk in His grace. Holiness is an essential aspect of our Christianity. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is vital for a powerful walk with Him. We cannot pierce the hard hearts of men without this power. We cannot discern what the Spirit says to the churches without this power. Can I say that Grace and Holiness and obedience and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are all vitally connected to one another. They are the building blocks of who we are as saints. All of those elements together create salt and light. Can we truly be a light to the world without being obedient servants to our Lord and His word? If we are not obedient to His Word can we walk in Holiness? Without Holiness can we really see God? If we cannot see God high and lifted up, if we are fallen from our first love can we move in power? If we fail to walk in a broken and a contrite state do we not quench the Holy Spirit? What do we find when we approach the throne in brokenness? Do we not find mercy and grace? Ah, grace, unmerited favor, perhaps the key to it all is a proper understanding of who we are in Christ. If we know that, if we can rejoice in the reality of knowing that we are sons and daughters of the most High God, redeemed and sanctified by His Blood, then we can understand Grace.

And so brothers and sisters, do not let the caricatures that Satan produces, the counterfeit truths, rob you of what is yours in Christ. Whether it is Grace and mercy, or Holiness or obedience or the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, all are vital to our walk and being salt and light to the world. Pursue truth whatever it may be and wherever it may take you. Dont worry that most of Christendom has thrown out the babies with the bath water. Dont worry that the world may lump you in with the counterfeit of the caricatures of Satan, for that is exactly his plan. We are not ignorant of his schemes. Continue to be lovers of the Truth no matter the opinions of men and run after it with all of your heart and mind and body and soul. In doing this you will be a true and genuine light unto a world of ever-increasing darkness.

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