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Are you spiritually hungry? Is your hunger holy? Spiritual hunger is both a blessing and a curse. God leads us into times of spiritual hunger to test and reveal what is in our heart. Will we pass God's hunger test? Holy spiritual hunger leads us to the Lord's table. Unholy spiritual hunger leads us to the table of demons. Don't be fooled. The devil marks his table as "The table of the Lord", but it is a lie. The devil has set a counterfeit table to entice us away from the Lord's table. Which one will you choose? If we think that our ability to discern the difference is through our feelings, worship experiences, or sincerity, we will be deceived. If we believe that manifestations, miracles, signs and wonders are proof that what is said is true, we will be deceived. If we think that simply professing to believe the Bible makes us immune to the lie, we will be deceived. Is it possible for us, even the most "spiritual", to be deceived? My friend, it is those who claim to be the most spiritual who are the most susceptible. If we say that we would never be deceived by or follow a lie, then we are in pride and are already deceived. Truth is serious business. The devil is much smarter than we are. Hell is full of his trophies. The saying is true: deceived people don't know that they are deceived; if they did they would not be deceived. Therein lies the danger. Holy hunger comes to the Lord's table with humility. Humility prays, "God I want to know the truth regardless of what I now believe, embrace, or have experienced." The only way to discern between the truth and the lie is to abide in the truth until we know the truth, love the truth, and obey the truth. God's word is truth. Do you love the truth? God is raising up a holy remnant who love the truth, defend the truth, speak the truth, and hate the lie. Will you be among them? If we love the truth, we will not fall prey to the devil's lies, seductions, and counterfeits. Those who love the truth will feast on the holy while those who do not love the truth will indulge on the profane. Gullibility is damning to the soul. These are days to be watchful. The mystery of lawlessness is already at work around us. Even now many antichrists have risen who are deceiving and being deceived. As unsuspecting pawns in the hand of the devil, antichrist personalities are rolling out the red carpet for the man of sin, the lawless one, the Antichrist. In contrast, a holy remnant is crying out to a holy God for a holy revival in our land. Do you want a holy hunger? Do you want to be a part of a holy revival? Make sure you are sitting at the right table. Lord, give us a holy hunger!
Deuteronomy 8:2–3 (NKJV) "And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD."
1 Corinthians 10:21 (NKJV) "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons."
2 Thessalonians 2:9–12 (NKJV) "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
1 John 2:18-19 (NKJV) "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. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us."
One of the greatest tools the devil uses to deceive a generation is to take Biblical terminology, distort its meaning, and then replace it for the original meaning. Examples include "Jesus", "Holy Spirit", "Grace", "Truth", "Hell", "Judging", "Christian", "Church", "Gospel", "Revival", "Marriage", "Family", "Freedom", "Rights", "Tolerance", "Love", and a host of other things. The devil has worked so masterfully in this biblically illiterate age that we are living in a time when Truth is now regarded as a lie and the lie is regarded as the truth, when good is regarded as evil and evil is regarded as good, when light is regarded as darkness and darkness is regarded as light, and when those who stand for God's Truth are regarded as bigots and those who defend and promote perversion are regarded as liberators. This is the Satan's means to bring in the great apostasy among "Christians" prior to the revelation of the man of lawlessness upon the earth. I came across some notes from a graduation I attended several years ago. Judge Cynthia Kent's words are truer now than then.
"We are living in an age of distortions. People are taking foundational concepts such as the family and distorting them until they are unable to be recognized. There really is a right and there really is a wrong. We must confront these distortions by confronting them--challenging them--with the truth. The power of distortion is in who is asking in the questions.
Pick a number between 2-10.
Multiply that number by nine.
Add the two numbers in the two digits together.
Subtract 5 from that number.
Transpose the number to a letter (A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.)
Pick a country or state that starts with that letter.
Take the second letter in that name and think of a circus animal that starts with that letter and its color.
(Note: The answer is below. No peeking!)
The truth is not complicated for those who believe the Word."
--Judge Cynthia Kent, Tyler Christian Fellowship School Graduation, May, 1993
Don't be fooled by the devil's distortions! Stay true to the Word of God.
(ANSWER: Gray Elephant)
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