Christ Preparing our Hearts 18

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

You can count on it that it is very difficult to come to heaven, but the way to destruction is broad and easy. Take it to heart that you have a deceitful heart with you, a wicked devil close to you, and snares and hindrances around and before you.

If a man started off on a long journey and knew that it was going to be a difficult trip because the path that he had to take to get where he had to go was very dangerous, it would make him cautious and know that he must take what he needed for such a journey. If the man knew that his own heart would deceive him about the path, that there was one far wiser than him that would try to deceive him about the proper road, and that there would be many others who would try to deceive him, it is likely that he would not go on the trip. But if this man had to take the trip or he would die where he was, he might set off on it. But if there was one who knew the path and could get him there safely, he would assuredly trust in that person’s guidance. Yet we are told that there is only One guide and only One who can teach us the way to life eternal and yet men will trust in their own wisdom and will. There is only One who is wiser than the deceiver and yet we trust in ourselves. We will certainly perish and end up in eternal hell if we don’t have the One guide, but still people trust in themselves instead of Christ alone who can teach them and guide them along the path of life leading to life eternal.

It seems so easy to get men to pray a prayer or perhaps to reform life to some degree in order to go to heaven, but what they don’t realize is that the very ease of that is a deception as well. We are told that we must deny our very selves if we are going to follow Christ. We are told with great clarity in the Scriptures that we must not be deceived because of “these things” the wrath of God comes upon sons of disobedience (Eph 5:6). The “these things” come from verse 5 which teaches us that “you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” We are also told in I Corinthians 6:9 that we are not to “be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” This is to say that those who believe that those described by these texts of Scriptures can enter the gates of heaven are deceived. A simple reading of the Scriptures at this point tells us that vast numbers of people are deceived in our day.

There is a great battle going on in our day, and while many see the battle, not many understand the nature of the battle. Many see the battle as the old version of morality fighting against those who wish to progress against the old views and see a modern view come in. This modern view, however, is really simply an old view that the evil one brings up to deceive the proud. Those who are fighting for what they think of a civil rights for the sexually impure are simply deceived and fighting to help deceive others. Those who are kept in the dark and so deceived about those things will awaken from their deception in hell.

The battle, however, is not for morality in our country as such, but instead it is the truth of God versus the deceptions of the devil. The devil cloaks his deceptions in movements and has political powers and the foolishness of youthful exuberance doing his deceptive work for him. What those of Christ (who is Truth) must realize is that we are in a spiritual battle with the powers of deception. It is not that we are fighting because we are right and so on, but we are fighting because the souls of so many are deceived by the evil one and those he has deceived. We must battle in one sense, yet we must be pointing to Christ the whole time. It is Christ alone who can take a deceitful heart that loves its deception and teach it the truth. It is only Christ who can change a heart from being completely ensnared by darkness and deception into that heart having light and truth. Sinners are not saved from the powers of darkness and deception because we are so right and so smart, but they are only saved by an even greater power of Light and Truth. We must constantly be pointing people to Christ as John the Baptist came as a witness of who Christ was rather than as one who tried to do all the work himself. Christ alone can rescue sinners from their deception. We are merely those who point to Him.

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