THEME: THE ANTI-CHRIST
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
-Apostle Paul went on to various cities doing good either beginning new work or improving what was done. When he came to Philippi the main city of Macedonia during his second missionary journey, there was a certain slave girl who was possessed by the demonic spirit of divination and deceived many for financial gains. She predicted people’s future and assumably multitudes came to them. Such kind of deception dissuades many from listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and seek after falsehood. Many such false prophets are deceiving many today for financial gain. Such deceit is very prevalent today even among Christians who gradually loose hope when tribulations and life challenges come, and end up consulting false prophets and seers. Paul was able to detect that the spirit was not from God and he cast it out. The spirit of the anti-christ is in the world and many are falling prey to it. We are called to consult God in all areas of our lives and seek His guidance as we discern the spirit in the room before we make grave mistakes that can destroy our future.
The anti-christs have been sent into the world to propagate falsehood that attempts to suppress the truth about Jesus Christ and kill the message of Easter. Their motivation is to deceive non-believers and dissuade believers from their faith in Jesus Christ through signs and wonders. Jesus spoke about this in Matthew 24:23-25, saying many false prophets and false christs will come to deceive people by great signs and wonders; including the elect. The message of the antichrists is first, that Jesus did not come into the world in flesh. They attempt to destroy the true message that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. They thus oppose the incarnation of Jesus coming in the flesh and the virgin conception. This message automatically disqualifies Christ as being fully Man and fully God, and thus the message of Easter. Jesus was tortured, He was crucified and died for the sins of the world. He then resurrected on the third day and ascended into heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He calls us to repent and believe in Him that we may have eternal life. Secondly, we also see that the antichrist denies the truth that Jesus is the Christ. That is the doctrine of Christ as the Anointed One and the Messiah, who came for our sake. He is Emmanuel and dwells with us. They also deny that Jesus is the Son of God and forms part of the Holy Trinity. We are called to stay alert and be guided by the Holy Spirit lest we are deceived and loose our price. These are turbulent times where viruses like corona virus and vaccines are manufactured in the lab to torment and deceive the people, and we are called to be alert through prayer. The book of Revelation also reveals that the antichrist, the beast and all those who will receive the mark of the beast, together with the devil will be cast into the lake of fire. The new Jerusalem will then come down from heaven and there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death and we reign with Jesus Christ forever.
Abba Father we thank You for the gift of life and this far that You have brought us. Thank You for the breath of life Holy Spirit and Your merciful love upon our lives and families. We appreciate You Jesus Christ for You are our Savior, Lord and King. You are the Foundation of our faith, the Foundation upon which we stand, we rejoice in You. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, our Almighty God. Only You are Great and greatly to be praised. Only You are worthy and holy is Your name. Only You are good and able to do exploits. Do a new thing in our lives, families and nation we humbly beseech You dear Jesus. Bring forth an acceleration in all areas of our lives according to Your perfect will. Forgive us all our sins merciful Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Fill us with the spirit of discernment and teach us how to discern spirits. Protect us from all evil and help us to grow spiritually. Bring us closer to You that we may know You more loving Jesus. Your sanctuary is filled with strength and beauty. Splendor and majesty are before You Almighty Father. We exult You and praise Your holy name; now and forever. Amen
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