“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Phil. 1:23-24) Does this sound like a man afraid of dying, or does it seem that if Paul had a choice between dying or staying, he would rather die.
It’s funny how just the movement or simple modification of a word can change the perception of people’s thoughts, how easy it is to manipulate an individual with just words. Try it for yourself on those you know serve Christ, modify the words of “Would it not be great to be with the Lord tomorrow,” and change the sentence to “Would it not be great to die tomorrow.”
Perception is the key, diversion is the lock, the door always opens to deceit.
Satan is not just a liar, he is the father of lies, (John 8:44) it is his nature, and he is very good at it, in every language, every dialect, in every inflection he is proficient beyond anything we can imagine. The modification of the perceptions of the human race are his specialty, and he is being allowed to accomplish his task on a grand scale in these days. There is one thing that the born-again believer needs to be very aware of here, if you succumb to one of his lies, it will be your fault, not his. No excuse, no amount of blame that you try to lay upon him will avail you anything, the actions you take you are accountable for, the consequences of your actions will be laid upon you.
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” (Gen. 3:16) “Not fair! It’s not my fault! He tricked me!”
Excuses, we live in a world of formulated excuses and blame, from the least to the greatest of us, because we fear the consequences of our actions or inactions, we do not want to be guilty, and so we will not say, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psalm 51:4) The concept of personal accountability has for the most part left the world of man, but the deceit has been modified, has been altered to show that by the wearing of masks and receiving of the vaccine we care, and with that caring comes the blame game, those who refuse to do either are the ones at fault, and “They are the reason I have to wear this mask.”
You must admit, when it comes to the manipulation of the human mind, there is no greater than Satan, save for the Lord God.
There is of course no pandemic, it is the flu, modified as it does each year, the masks, the vaccines, the social distancing requirements are simply diversions. The intention is obedience, and men of power enjoy obedience when it is directed toward them. The love of money in the form of stimulation funds will coerce them to obey, the desire for power is enhanced with the accumulation of it, it is a never-ending circle but, “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.” (Prov. 11:4) They will be held accountable for their actions, as we will, whether we act upon our own volition, or are deceived by a lie.
The epitome of the consequences of our actions in this life is the end of this life, if you do not obey, more than just the minor conveniences, more than the ability to live a productive life in relative freedom will be taken away from you, you will be killed. This is what is coming, how you accept this fact is how you will react to it, and as it always has been with those who profess faith in Christ, the choice in the matter has been left entirely up to you.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21) Is it? Are you sure, do you look at death as gain, are you looking forward to the moment of your last breath, not just are you prepared for it, are you in great anticipation looking forward to your final day here on earth. Can you put away thoughts of pain, torture, suffering in all ways as inconsequential, are the words “The fellowship of His suffering” real to you, or just an imaginary thought that makes you feel better about yourself.
You and I are going to be held accountable, whether we believed the lies or not, there is no one to blame but yourself for every and all of your actions. Answer this question, would it or would it not be wonderful to die tomorrow.