Hello friends, I’d like to share what the Lord has been teaching me about the Christian journey and how to be sure we make it.
We have to be aware of Satan’s cunningness and how he has crafted many means to make sure to bring humanity to hell at all costs.
2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his CRAFTINESS, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
So this post in particular is to share about Satan’s version of holiness,which is instead meant to trap people to hell.
This type of ‘holiness’ is specifically meant to trap Christians who have left the world and want to follow holiness, but in their hearts,they still long for those things of the world.
They know that holiness is the correct way,but the things of the world seem too attractive to them and they want to let go of them without really letting go of them.
The first thing the Lord taught us is that Satan makes clothes,shoes and other accessories which seem innocent,but are actually meant to imitate the things of the world.
To what He earlier taught us about,the Lord has been adding more knowledge and has taught me new things and that’s what I’m going to share about.
So if someone while in the world liked wearing Jewelry such as bracelets, Satan has come up with deceptive mechanisms, of making watches that resemble bracelets. This is meant to trap a holiness Christian who still longs for the world in their heart. That person will buy that watch while comforting themselves that it just a watch, meanwhile they are also satisfying their urge to wear bracelets just like
they used to while in the way. This way, the person is trying to be like the world, without really being in the world.
The second thing the Lord has been telling me about is about shirts either that of men or women that are made with a neck chain attached to it. To someone who liked wearing neck chains while in the world, this will be a perfect excuse to continue doing so. If someone asks them about it, they will say, “Its a shirt,that’s how it was made,what do you want me to do about it?” To them, they will see as if they are following holiness and have done nothing wrong.
However, this is what the bible calls being lukewarm. One is saying they are not in the world,but again if you take a second look at them wearing these things, they don’t really fall on the Christian side either. They are neither here nor there.
Revelation 3:16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
The other thing the Lord has been telling me about is about shoes made to look like ankle bracelets through their design or those made to look like toe rings.
Someone who desires to wear such things but feels like they are deprived because they now believe in holiness can easily satisfy their desire by wearing such things,while comforting themselves in their hearts that they have repented and will go to Heaven.
Acts 7:39 “Our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their HEARTS,they turned back to Egypt.
This scripture shows that it is possible to be in the world in your HEART through the things you desire,just like the Israelites retuned to Egypt in their hearts because that is what they desired.
Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
If someone claims to follow holiness but they are still in the world in their hearts, they are only deceiving themselves, and should not expect to go to heaven because God sees what is in the heart of man. He only wants those who have repented inside and outside.
All of these are Satan’s mechanisms to trap people to hell. The Bible talks about TOTAL separation from the world.
One can not deceive God by claiming to be Christian but in their hearts, they are longing for Egypt. That is why we have to ask God to transform us and our hearts and make them focused on God’s will.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART”
I remember when we just came to the Lord, my siblings and I had a habit of talking about the movies or cartoons we used to watch while in the world and laughing about them. We would go over them and talk about how a certain character did in that movie or cartoons and how it was funny and laugh about it.
During that time,the Lord sharply rebuked us and told us that such behaviour shows longing for the world,and that Satan can easily use such desires to tempt us back into the world. He told us to forsake all,including the memories and follow ONLY Him.
The examples I have given in this post are not exhaustive but are just a few examples to show Satan’s cunning nature and determination to trap humanity to hell,even the so called Christians through the deception of his version of ‘holiness’, one that claims to have left the world but still looks like the world.
It is not possible to write a list of Satan’s tricks and traps because they are countless. The important thing is to ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit in prayer, who will lead us to all truth,guide us on the way to Heaven and protect us from all of Satan’s evil schemes.
1 Peter 3:3-5 “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
Isaiah 3:24 “And so it shall be:Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
Instead of a sash, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, baldness;
Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.”
1 Timothy 2:9-10 ” In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and [a]moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”