Morality is at an all-time low. Teen sex is promoted as "normal" and sex is an ordinary thing among teens and even some who aren't yet teenagers. This demonic propaganda is promoted through the internet, television and social media. Never has it been more clear than today, that Satan is the "prince of the power of the air". You went along with the crowd and were just like all the others, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air, who is at work right now in the hearts of those who are against the Lord. Sexual promiscuity, homosexuality and other perversions are shown as normal; while those who are moral and celibate are portrayed as weird and mentally unstable. We hear story after story of ministers, teachers, and leaders in their communities who are caught in sexual affairs and all manner of immoral or illegal behavior. It is a crisis of character and moral standards. Our foundation is crumbling. What comes to mind is a warning from ambassador Paul, given to his young protege Timothy, concerning the danger of the last days: You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres. Now, Jannes and Jambres were two Egyptian magicians who imitated Moses, the Lord God's representative.
While the Lord Jesus was speaking to His religious critics, He made this statement: “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. Here is how Dr Luke recorded this: “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart. You say I am empowered by Satan. But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive?"
Notice that He said the Kingdom would be doomed. All religions are divided within itself and they all are man made. Yes, even Christianity! Christianity is divided into many denominations (division) such as Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Seventh Day Adventist, Presbyterian and many more. Even these denominations are further divided by color, culture, social standing and nationality. These are all facets that the evil one and demonic forces has created to separate and divide believers in the Lord God's Son. They all believe in Jesus, but can't agree on the Gospel they are to teach or even how they are to live. Yet, He made it so simple. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Believe in His Son and make Him the priority in their lives. This is what is meant by "lift Him up". When you lift anything above a crowd, it will get their attention! That is all it takes. We must lay down all that divides us and LIFT UP the Kingdom of God. Jesus didn't come to create many denominations. He came to introduce ONE Kingdom...the Kingdom of God, His Father!
Remember, your most valuable asset is your faith in the King.
Ephesians 2:2 TLB II Timothy 3:1-9 Mark 3:23-26
Luke 11:17-18 John 3:14-17 --all NLT
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