Default to God - Friday, April 7th 2017
"Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet;"
There is a fascination from the time that Jesus ascended into heaven until now about who the antichrist will be. Christians have speculated over many political leaders from Roman emperors to popes and even presidents. There's no doubt he'll be a smooth talker and yet full of blasphemy against God. He'll be able to sway political leaders to follow him to the point he'll change times and seasons. (Daniel 7:25) He'll also require everyone to receive a mark on their hand or forehead to be able to buy, sell, or trade. (Revelation 13:18)
This is interesting in light of a few other scriptures John gives us concerning the antichrist.
1 John 2:18
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.
1 John 4:1-4
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
The question we have to ask now is not so much who is the big Antichrist, but we need to be asking who or what are the little antichrists we allow into our lives? Antichrist means in place of Christ. How do we know if we have put something in the place of Christ in our life? We can ask ourselves some simple questions to see what we default to. If we inherited a large sum of money would we still love and serve the Lord wholeheartedly? When we are tempted, confused or in a trial or hardship what or who do we go to?
Who or what we default to is our god. The enemy would love to wear us down so that he pushes us away from putting Christ first in everything. He does this without restraint in the end when the church is removed. Even now, when we remove the habit of church from our lives, we give the enemy an edge against us. When the Lord doesn't have priority in our time, talent, and treasures we endanger our own lives into being subject to his attacks. This is why it is mission critical for us to recognize that the enemy's tactics don't change, even when the antichrist comes into one man in the end.
Life Lesson: What you default to is your god.
Lord, please forgive me when I default to anything in my life other than You. Please give me Your power to allow You to be the priority in all areas of my life. Give me special strength when the enemy seems to be wearing me down to partake of Your precious promises. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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