Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 April 22 - Morning Manna

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
Today's Morsel: In the last days, apostasy will sweep the world and affect the church; however, a devoted people fervent for the things of God will resist all compromise and apostasy.  Apostasy and falling away describe the same condition.  Both terms are translated from the same Greek word meaning, “Defecting from truth, rebellion, turning away.”  Two other terms are: “Reprobate” and “Casting away.” Both are synonyms for apostasy, for they mean unapproved, rejected, worthless.   Since apostasy involves departing from the truth, the road to apostasy is one in which a love for the truth is absent.  When a person loses their love for God and the things of God, they are heading into a state of apostasy.  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears”,  Paul told Timothy (2 Timothy 4:3).  In apostasy, there is always a trading down in value.  People will take a lie for truth.  Itching ears mean they will want people to tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.  A sinful heart presents a welcome mat to apostasy.  A heart becomes dark when sin enters, and that person is on the road to apostasy.  Paul told the church at Corinth, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates."(2 Corinthians 13:5-6).  Anyone who reaches the state of a  reprobate mind, will find it hard to repent and be saved. So let me encourage you, love God and stay on fire for Christ at all times.  Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

Sing: Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon, many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound; all of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies, going where no one dies, heavenward abound. 

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