by Patricia Charlton
6/18/2008 / Christian Living
Hospitality is a natural human tendency implanted by the grace of Jesus Christ within the human heart. We often enjoy sharing our worldly wealth with others. Many friends and even strangers enjoy a dinner party or a back yard barbecue. When our phone rings we often answer with a friendly greeting. Deep within our hearts, the welcoming grace of Jesus Christ overflows to all within our reach. However, often God's children lack the wisdom and discernment regarding the potential enemy outside our door.
The enemy innocently lurks around the next corner. Their dress and speech is engineered to deceive. They carry a Bible and other literature but within the disguise lurks an insidious enemy the spirit of lies. The next time your doorbell rings, don't ignore the Holy Spirit's warning: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and antichrist." (II John 1: 7 NKJV) I warn you, don't be taken in by the spirit of lies. Not everyone that knocks on your door or rings your doorbell is beneficial to the saint. The word of God warns "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son." (II John 1: 9 NKJV)
The extra literature and books according to their interpretation are false. Beware regarding the cunning deceitfulness. Their truth includes many roads to heaven. I warn you! Many have fallen for they clever scheme of deception. All the rules and regulations added on to the word of God only ensnares an unsuspecting seeker of truth. The enemy standing at the door looks, acts, and even talks like a true believer, but something is missing. At that moment when your doorbell rings, listen to this counsel from the Holy Spirit: "If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds." (II John 1: 10: 11 NKJV) God says what he means and He means what He says. Don't let a deceiver into your house unless you desire to share in their evil deeds.
Copyright 2008 Patricia Charlton
Devotional writer for EzraWeb and a contributing columnist for Crossmap, Patricia shares her experiences with the power of God to make anyone more than a conqueror. Her passion is Jesus and her venue is writing. Contact Patricia: MastersPen@faithwriters.net
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