Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Timothy 4:1 (NIV) — 4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
1 Timothy 4:1 (MSG) — 4 1 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars.
1 Timothy 4:1 (NLT) — 4 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons
Thoughts of Devotion:
The Holy Spirit warns us of dangerous times in which we are living in these last days. Clearly he tells us that some believers will depart from the faith, following deceiving spirits and diabolic doctrines. Lies will abound and many will be deceived by the enemy. It is for this reason that the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are so important in our day. In John 14:17 it tells us, that “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
The people in the world, without Christ do not have the Holy Spirit, and as a consequence they live deceived, following the doctrines of demons. They do not possess the truth, they are guided by deceiving spirits! We understand the truth that is only found in the person of the Holy Spirit. In John 16:13 it tells us, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Thank God that we have the Spirit of truth, he who can guide us through the Word and will not allow us to be deceived.
Today is not the time to waver with the lies, or open doors in our live that will allow the enemy to lie to us, on the contrary we must know the Holy Spirit personally! He will illuminate us with the truth of his Word, and we will be able to counteract the lie in these last days. In time in which the spirit of the antichrist is present, we need to protect ourselves with the only truth, the Eternal Word! That is our secure anchor in dangerous times. In 1 John 2:16 it warns us of this, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.”
This morning we must pray that the Holy Spirit will always guide us to the truth. No one is exempt of falling back in their walk with the Lord. Let us not forget that the warning of the Holy Spirit is primarily for all of us that are in the faith, but we run the risk of falling into deception and lies. Let us take the caution of 1 Corinthians 10:12, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
John 14:17 (NKJV) — 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
John 16:13 (NKJV) — 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
1 John 2:18 (NKJV) — 18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
Revelation 3:22 (NKJV) — 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NKJV) — 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
2 Peter 3:3 (NKJV) — 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
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