Bible Ballistics: BBs #96 Deceived or Deluded By Lies???
We had an interesting experience this week and God spoke to my heart through it. I had made dinner for some friends and us, and while my friend was mixing the salad I brought, she had some fresh peppers she was adding for color and taste. Well she had been told they were banana peppers (mild not hot), so she sliced some into the salad and to her amazement they were HOT!! In fact they were jalapeno peppers, and hot ones at that. She tried to pick out the ones she had already sliced up in the salad, but alas, it was a most interesting salad, I must say. Sprinkled throughout with surprises of ‘heat’.
This brought to my mind the fact that no matter what my friend believed about that pepper, it was HOT!!! She had good intentions, she accepted the information she had been given that they were banana peppers—BUT her belief was wrong!! No matter how hard she believed those peppers were mild, they were hotter than blazes. Well, friends there is a day coming, and very soon I believe, that what you believe will be revealed, examined and rewarded by God—either heaven or hell!! We all make the choice!!
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 talks about this very kind of thing at the coming of the Lord Jesus. There will be those who had strong belief that they were right with God, there will be those who just refused to believe, relying on their own human wisdom, and there will also be those who just out right defy God. Paul tells us that regardless of what thing you believe, if it’s not God’s truth you are deceived. It won’t matter whether you had good intentions! What matters is what you have personally done with Jesus!! May this passage be food for thought for all of us?
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power
and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall
send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
It is imperative that we know Jesus personally as our Lord and Savior. It is clear that those who have rejected Him willfully will not have a second chance if they are ‘left behind’. Please examine what you believe and measure it by the Bible, God’s Word. Be sure that you have received the ‘new birth’, ‘salvation’, a ‘new life’ through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. There is no other way to God. No matter how much you believe a lie, it’s still a lie. Your eternal soul depends upon your choice, and as I’ve said before, “You are free to choose, but the consequences are not yours to set”—please examine your heart and see if you be in the faith. And if you are share what you know with others. It really is life or death. (See John 14:6 and 1 Cor. 15:1-10)
2 Corinthians 13:5-6, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ in in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.”
Amen. Please ask God to search your heart and reveal what HE sees to you.