Of all the insanities of man none is as great as religion. Religion allows a man to open the pages of the Bible but never see a word that is written!
Introduction to Chapter 21:
WITH A COMPLETE CHANGE OF STRATEGY SATAN’S ARSENAL WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE CORRUPTION AND MISREPRESENTATION OF TRUE FAITH IN GOD. I do not like to use the word “Christian” since it is not a word God ever used to describe His children. It is a word the world used to describe us and sadly we have incorporated into our sense of identity. We are children of God, brethren, followers of Jesus, disciples, heirs, and the housed of God. We are believers in the truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. We are lovers of His Word. We are children of the light. The words God uses to describe us are more about our relationship, beliefs, identity, and lifestyle. The words the world uses are more about our ceremonies and external observances.
(The Spiritual Guide section of each chapter should be reviewed after reading the corresponding chapter.)
As believers we should heed the words of the Prophet Isaiah. “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion.” As believers we must awaken to the truth about what we really have in Jesus so we can put on our strength. He continues: “Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion!” In other words, open your eyes; shake yourself free. We think we are free, but to the degree that we are not living as Jesus lived we are not free. We are all captive in some degree to our limiting, religious, cultural and societal beliefs and traditions. “‘You have sold yourselves for nothing, Now therefore, what have I here,’ says the Lord, ‘That My people are taken away for nothing?’” Whatever benefit we have from a compromised life or the acceptance of some religious institution is nothing compared to what we could enjoy in the limitless love of God and the grace and power to be like Jesus. It is because of these things that we are vulnerable to captivity.
Isaiah points to the source of the problem: “‘Those who rule over them Make them wail,’ says the Lord, ‘And My name is blasphemed continually every day.’” It is sometimes the influence of our leaders that makes us hate God. If they influence us to believe God is angry, vengeful, and merciless they are destroying our ability to trust Him. If they lead us to believe Him to be the source of our pain and tragedies how can we turn to Him for help in our time of need? We are inundated with Luciferian doctrine that makes it nearly impossible to see and experience the love of God; therefore, we blame Him for every woe, every pain, and every sorrow. But we have our own Bibles to read. We have direct access to God by the Holy Spirit. As we choose to look to Him instead of those who attempt to rule over us, we can know the truth. I am by no means implying all pastors and leaders are leading us astray; there are wonderful pastors teaching the Word of God. But if we, for social reasons, fear or unbelief choose to continually expose ourselves to those who promote unbelief it is our problem, not theirs! If we hunger and thirst for truth and righteousness we will find the truth and be filled with His righteousness. If we continue to expose ourselves to the Luciferian-angry-God-doctrine we run the risk of becoming angry and bitter against God.
Many of the most vehement anti-God propagators of death to ever walk the planet started out as “Christians.” They turned against God when they experienced tragedy, loss of a loved one or some personal pain that was attributed to the will of God. This very Luciferian doctrine gave birth to Communism, Darwinism, Islam and a host of cult and occult entities that torment mankind and will play a role in bringing about the great tribulation. They blame God for their pain and they hate the God of the Bible, so they will throw in with anyone to overthrow the tyrannical god they were led to believe in. They opt instead to live for Lucifer in the hopes of finding the enlightenment to free themselves.
Isaiah prophesies of a day when people would relate to God based on His name, not on corrupt church doctrine. “Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’” He is Jehovah, the God of Peace, the Healer, the Provider, the Shepherd and much more. He connects our seeing Him as He is with the new covenant: The Covenant of Peace! God made a Covenant of Peace with the Lord Jesus. We are in Him; therefore, we share in the Covenant of Peace. When we see God as the God of peace and when we know we need not strive to earn His love and acceptance, we will be at peace with Him and we will finally see Him as He is. Then we will say:
How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’ (Isaiah 52:1-7)!
If there is anything in you that tends to view God as the source of your pain or problems? Or do you think He is testing you or bringing bad things on you because of your disobedience? I encourage you to read The Gospel of Peace. It will give you the truth you need to forever establish your heart in the new covenant: the Covenant of Peace!
As a believer the only tool the enemy has against you is deceit. If Jesus is our Lord we must base all of our beliefs on the Word of God as understood through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Anything else is religion. I once heard a minister I deeply respected say something like, “Religion is like a vaccination; it gives you just enough of the real thing so you can’t catch it.” Don’t allow tradition (culture or religion) to make the Word of God ineffective in your life!
It is essential that your heart is established in the new covenant. You will know that is a reality when you never question God or suspect Him of bringing harm. The Apostle Paul tells us to have our feet shod with the preparation (readiness) of mind (that comes from a thorough preparation in) the Gospel of Peace. In an attack our footing is possibly the most crucial aspect of survival. A true warrior is taught to move in such a way that no matter the direction from which the attack emerges, he will remain balanced with stable footing. We want our footing to be in the Covenant of Peace. No matter what hits us or where it comes from we will always remain absolute in the fact that we have peace with God. He is not against us and He is not the source of our pain!
The way of Lucifer is to create a problem, blame God and then offer you protection. This will be the downfall of many believers as well as other people around the world. When the antichrist emerges in a time of world crisis he will offer peace. It will be this false peace that draws the entire earth to him and unfortunately it will be the final downfall of many believers who were not established in the Covenant of Peace.