“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thess. 2:11)
There are people that lie to you every day if you will but turn on your television, your computer or your cell phone. Climate change, the supposed vaccine for the supposed pandemic, nearly every commercial interruption that promises some form of happiness or contentment if you will but purchase their product, subscribe to their services, trade them your money for security and safety.
Lying is good for business.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
I believe that most people can see through the generalized deceptions, those half-truths quite easily, and are more than capable of making basic decisions for themselves, common sense is not as much of a lost art form as some would have you to believe. But, unless you have prayed for wisdom from the Lord, even if you are cognizant of these truths, you will never know how to properly discern the Word of God, and that strong delusion that I personally believe has begun, but not in earnest yet, will deceive you when it comes to matters of Spiritually discerning the truths of the Word of God.
I would like to offer you some verses in this short letter, and I would ask over the next few days that you would contemplate them at length. The first is James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
The second, “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1st Cor. 1:24)
Thirdly, “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” (Eccl. 1:18)
And lastly my friends, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)
If you want to be wise in the knowledge offered by the Almighty, you must be prepared for sorrow, if you desire to be Christlike, you must prepare for a life of grief.
And I would add much frustration to that list.
Few things frustrate me more than one who attempts to expound upon the Scriptures who has no clue what they are speaking about and will receive no knowledge from those who have been blessed with wisdom in that particular area of the Word of God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:7) It is not only these individuals themselves, but those who also have no discernment in the Word of God who are being deceived by them. Not just the Roman Catholic organization or other cults, but those who believe they are well versed yet are so far away from the truth that they will not listen to it when is it spoken to them.
This initial beginning of delusion, these false prophets and the ones that follow them are growing exponentially, seemingly by the day, and it is the reason I believe that as the future casts a shadow behind it, the delusions sent by the Lord have in a very small way comparatively speaking begun. It will arrive in full when the antichrist is revealed, for many will believe him to be the Messiah promised.
Do you desire great sorrow? Do you want grief and frustrations? Do you want to be Christlike? Pray for wisdom.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7)
If the Lord blesses your request, it will flow from you for His glory, you will learn to love deeply and hate that which He hates, those who profess to know Him but knowingly lead others astray.
Contemplate this well.