DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley Of Achor”
Week Fourteen, Day Seven
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:2-4 (NASB).
There are many “teachers” of the Bible today who want to sell their own brand of salvation. It is called by many names, but the message is all the same: EARN YOUR WAY to heaven and rely upon your own power. Some claim that by chanting and even taking part in smudging ceremonies…claiming this is Biblical; Ladies, let me be frank…this is a lie from the pit of hell as smudging is associated with witchcraft. Witchcraft is strictly forbidden in the Bible (Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, 1 Samuel 28:3-20). Some will even state that “grave sucking” — the practice of laying on top of the tomb of a passed Christian hero will somehow give you ‘more power”. Ladies, this is demonic and there is no scripture to support such a practice (Matthew 12:22-27, 1 John 4:4). As 1 John 4:2-4 states boldly, we need to TEST EVERY SPIRIT…not just the ones who claim to not be Christians. I grew up in a church where the pastor encouraged us to listen with our BIBLES OPEN because everyone can make mistakes! So, we must be as the BEREAN BELIEVERS and SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES DAILY to make sure that what we are hearing in a sermon, reading in print or listening to in a song squares up with the Word of God. If not, no matter how “popular” an individual may be, if what they are saying is false, DO NOT LISTEN. Ladies, hear me now, CHEW ON AND SAVOR the Word of God. When a question arises, do not run to social media to find an answer—which is growing more and more censored—turn to the Word of God. If there was ever a time where we MUST stand firm upon the teaching of Jesus within the Holy Bible, it is now. Ladies, it’s time to hit our knees and pray for revival in our word. May repentance begin in our own hearts first (Acts 19:13-20).
There is only ONE NAME given to humanity by which any soul can be saved, and that is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). There is no sorcerer, there is no tarot card, there is no psychic, no other religious leaders, no karma…NO OTHER NAME by which we can be saved apart from Jesus Christ.
Prayer For Today:
Lord Jesus, I’m overwhelmed by all that is taking place around me, yet, in YOU I find my strength. Help me to point others to YOU and Your Gospel. You came to seek and save any and all who would call upon Your name. How beautiful to recall even Your twelve disciples…sooo different from each other yet UNITED in their devotion to You, Lord Jesus. Help me to be CROSS EYED and see people through the offered REDEMPTION of each of our own sins through the sacrifice of Your own innocent life by dying on a cross and raising from the dead on the third day. I love You, Lord Jesus. Revive the nations of the world by the conviction of Your Holy Spirit—we each need Your rescue. Thank You for saving me from all the wrong I have done, thought and said. Help me now to be used for Your glory and the good of those in need. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.