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Updated: Jul 2, 2019

Scripture: John 8:41-59; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Psalm 1:1;

The Jews’ anger burned against Jesus at this point. Refuting that they were not born of fornication but that their father WAS GOD (v41). Religious spirit maybe?

Jesus continued to speak the TRUTH. frustrated by their lack of understanding, Jesus said to them:

John 8:44-47 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”

How many of you who claim to be saved/a Believer watch “R” (or even “X”) rated movies? How many watch porn . . . addicted to porn maybe? How many watch movies that depict adultery, murder, addictions, all kinds of un-lawlessness? How many watch movies/programs that depict or are associated with the occult? How many of you still take part and/or allow your children/grandchildren to take part in Halloween festivities even at church? Hummmm?

Jesus DID NOT and WILL NOT ADVOCATE these things. It’s NOT OKAY. Your choice to align yourself with the world and the occult is NOT ACCEPTABLE to God. Period. GOD’S WORD CONDEMNS THEM ALL! The Enemy entices us (and changes our minds) through television programs, movies, secular music (read the lyrics – ARE THEY GODLY?), using every LIE possible to convince you IT IS ALL OKAY. Every one of the Enemy’s lies are DESIGNED TO PULL US AWAY FROM GOD and DESTROY US SPIRITUALLY! (John 10:10; Psalm 17:4)

Finally, how did these Jews respond to Jesus? More importantly, how will you respond to Jesus? They turned their guilt around ON JESUS by claiming that he had a “devil.” Oh yes, they did! They didn’t want to acknowledge, confess and repent their sin. Instead, they wanted to make Jesus look bad and continue in their sin! That is exactly how Counterfeit Christians respond to the TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD TODAY!

Jesus words are CLEAR: John 8:55 “yet ye have not known him [God]; but I [Jesus] know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep His saying.”

Their final response: John 8:59 “Then TOOK THEY UP STONES TO CAST AT HIM:”

Are you a true Child of God or a Counterfeit Christian? Do you gladly accept the truth of God’s Word? The Enemy wants you to believe you’re okay just the way you are, that you don’t need to OBEY God’s Word, or that you don’t even need Him at all. The Enemy wants you to believe you can continually sin and RELY on grace; but that is NOT what the Word of God tells us. Don’t believe the lies of the Enemy any longer. His Word reveals what TRUE Children of God look like:

1. They will NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED together with unbelievers which can be in marriage or friendship (2 Cor. 6:14);

2. They will NOT love the world (2 Cor. 6:14-16);

3. They will have NO FELLOWSHIP with the works of darkness (2 Cor. 6:14-16);

4. They have NO COMMUNION with the workers of iniquity (Ephesians 5:11);

5. They will NOT FREQUENT dens of iniquity (iniquity = willful sin) (Psalm 1:1);

6. They will SEPARATE themselves from the world (2 Cor. 6:17);

7. They will NOT TOUCH an unclean thing (2 Cor. 6:17); and

8. They will KEEP (obey) His commands. (John 14:15, 21-24; 1 John 2:4)

If the Holy Spirit is convicting you, don’t react like the Jews did. DO NOT PUSH THE HOLY SPIRIT AWAY. Make a re-commitment to God right here--right now! If you never have truly accepted Jesus as your Savior and done what is necessary to make Him Lord of your life, accept Him today. See,

There is GOOD NEWS!! Our Father in Heaven is in the RESTORATION business. He will forgive you of your sins if you follow these steps:

1. RECOGNIZE/acknowledge/admit your sin

(1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; Psalm 32:5; Leviticus 5:5); 2. REPENT of your sin both to God and others (Acts 3:19); 3. RENOUNCE the sin as dead works [dead works are such works as deserve death: “dead in trespasses, dead in sins, dead by sentence of the law” – because of breaking the law]

(Hebrews 6:1-2; Romans 6:23; 1 John 3:4); 4. RECLAIM authority through Jesus' Blood

(Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:13; Leviticus 17:11); and 5. RESIST the sin (James 4:7) and REFUSE to do it again!

Praise God for His great longsuffering, mercy and lovingkindness and most of all His forgiveness!!!

Psalm 71:20-22 “Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. 22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.”

Crying out in the Wilderness,

Delann Conrad

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