1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Is your foundation in God secure enough to survive being tested?
As a part of your training, you will get plenty of opportunities to depart from the faith. This is when your faith is being exercised and developed. Someone will say something that triggers certain emotions. Or, you will experience something that shakes you. In either case you might begin to make statements like:
- “If this is what Christian love is, I don’t want it”
- “Maybe he/she is right, and this Christianity thing does not make sense”
- “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my ship”
- “I make things happen for me and no one else can”
- “This is too hard, no one can live the way God wants”.
When you get to that place, you have to run to the Father. Don’t stop to think just go to Him and say:
Psalm 61 O God, hear my prayer. Listen to my heart’s cry. 2 For no matter where I am, even when I’m far from home, I will cry out to you for a father’s help. When I’m feeble and overwhelmed by life, guide me into your glory, where I am safe and sheltered. 3 Lord, you are a paradise of protection to me. You lift me high above the fray. None of my foes can touch me when I’m held firmly in your wrap-around presence! 4 Keep me in this glory. Let me live continually under your splendor-shadow, hiding my life in you forever. (TPT)
Please know the one who is whispering in your ear is a professional liar, the Father of lies, designed to cause you to question what you believe. The devil is good at his job. You have to be good at yours as well.
1 Corinthians 10:13-15 Any temptation you face will be nothing new. But God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. But He always provides a way of escape so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward. 14 So then, my beloved friends, run from idolatry in any form. 15 As wise as I know you are, understand clearly what I am saying and determine the right course of action. (The Voice)
You have to know what you believe, know that you are not alone, and stand on your faith.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father God, I don’t want to be seduced by the enemy. I know he is calculating. I know he has a well-designed strategic plan for my destruction. I also know I must continue to be trained by You, so I am equally as strategic in my stance. My life is my training, help me to continue to look at it from that perspective. Help me to evaluate the good choices as well as the bad. I want to learn from both. I want to know how the enemy attacks me; so, I am not deceived. I know the only way I will be able to resist Satan is if I continue to draw closer to You. Please draw me nearer every day…