CAUGHT UP! III
It is self-deceit to claim to be following the true God and holding hands with the devil. People are caught up in the deceitful but evil web of spiritual prostitution for two major reasons: first, ignorance; many think they know but they are being deceived; they are actually ignorant. Ignorance is a weapon of mass destruction in the hands of the enemy. Hosea 4:6. Ignorance connotes spiritual darkness; darkness is the operational platform of the devil. It is also a trap of captivity set and managed by the enemy. Isaiah 5:13. God said:
“I will also stretch mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; And they that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor inquired from him. Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.” – Zephaniah 1:4-9
When Israel arrived the Promised Land, God had commanded them to completely get rid of all the traces of the idols of the land and their worshippers. However, the Israelites did not do that; gradually they began to worship the strange gods of the land. God became angry with them and promised to make them pay for their transgression.
God is both a consuming Fire and a jealous God. Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24. Those who call the name of the Lord in the open and call some other things in the secret have been caught up in the same errors of Israelites captured in our text today. It is possible for someone to be in church in the morning as a believer and in a spiritualist home in the evening. The spiritual implication of that kind of thing is that, whatever spiritual blessing that may have been released on that individual is robbed off him/her as he/she arrives at the spiritualist home. God is a jealous God. He cannot stand double dealing. This is the undoing of many so-called believers. They go about collecting prayers and end up with nothing.
Someone receives a prayer of faith and goes about to collect another kind of prayer from another source; that step demonstrates doubt and unbelief. The demons of doubt and unbelief will always paralyze the power of any prayer of faith any day any time. As the trend continues, a believer may keep postponing his/her breakthrough without knowing and eventually end up frustrated. All these are manipulations of the wicked one.
It is high time believers woke up from spiritual slumber by turning away from spiritual prostitution. Your breakthrough is closer to you than you think because God is closer to you than the breath of your nostrils.
If you are reading this and you are yet to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior; go to the salvation page on our website, say the prayer there and be in church next Sunday to consolidate your decision. You cannot get it wrong taking this step.
Once again, I challenge you today to settle down with God not trying Him but trusting Him with the whole of your being. You cannot be wrong trusting God!
Scriptures for meditation: Exodus 34:12-16; Deuteronomy 4:23-24
Jesus is LORD!