In this last hour, we as believers and followers of Jesus Christ need to be alert to the tricks of the enemy. The enemy is cleverly deceptive. He will not pass up any opportunity to strike at God’s children. We proclaim “that greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”; that the Lord has promised much to his children. We need to rest on those promises. Still, we must not put ourselves in compromising situations, of which there are many, some innocent, but just as deadly. We need to test the spirit of those teachers, preachers and pastors whose teaching, discipleship, or leadership we choose to follow. There are many wolves among the sheep. Can you single them out? Could you tell the difference?
Many are known as motivational speakers and they have taken over the pulpit, the airwaves and your thought life. That’s not to say that all pastors are motivational speakers, but clearly many rely on lines from their best sellers to encourage their congregation, and, or followers. You may have heard of positive thinking, something that sounds scripturally sound, but truly is not the same as trusting in God and thinking of, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” This thinking comes about from a renewed mind and only God, because He gave His one and only Son to pay for our sin, through the power of the Holy Spirit can renew your mind.
I am of the opinion that motivational and encouraging words minus the Word of God equals to empty rhetoric. The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. It cuts deep into the soul when it is appropriately applied, We should be striving to be content in all things, more so in this last hour. Phil. 4:11 Whether we love it or not…because by His grace we stand.
We are living in a very confused and chaotic world. If you are not reading, or hearing the Word of God, you may just be listening to a different gospel.