Don’t Deceive Yourself

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Ephesians 5:5 (NET) For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Ikenna now understood that he was deceiving himself and had believed the doctrine of demons when he found that he no longer could walk in the authority of Christ to cast out demons. All he now had were empty confessions and social media likes for his soothing doctrines to the flesh. Before he started believing certain doctrines his teachers called grace teachings, he lived under the authority of Christ and had this authority of Christ, but as he received doctrines that made him indulge his fleshly desires and deceive himself that he is secure, he became empty of spiritual authority without knowing it. A visit to his village was what opened his eye to this reality. Household demons he had overcome years ago were now tormenting him all over again, and he couldn’t exercise authority over them like before. He went back to the city with an infirmity.

There’s been this idea floating around today that says as long as a person believes in the Lord Jesus, even if he continues to be an immoral person or to participate in any known sin, he would still inherit the kingdom of God because of his faith. Those who believe these doctrines use punchlines like “we are saved by faith alone, not by what we do but by what we believe”. They intentionally forget that scripture makes it clear that any faith that fails to produce corresponding works is dead faith(James 2:26). Believers who hear the word of God but do not live according to it are said to be deceiving themselves(see James 1:22). They are deceiving themselves because they sincerely believe that they are eternally safe even though they are not.

It is possible for a true believer to be overpowered by temptation and trip because of a sin that easily entangles, but no true believer takes his place in that sin but would be relentless in fighting for freedom like a drowning person. Any believer that says sin does not matter is only proving that he has not truly believed, or has had a shipwreck of faith, and is suffering from serious self-deceit. Those who have truly believed receive the seed of God in their spirits and this seed repels and hates sin so much that if they find themselves overpowered by it, they would feel miserable inside(see 1 John 3:9).

Today’s Bible verse is very clear, it says no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ. It does not say “no unbeliever”, it says no person. This includes “believers” and unbelievers.

Go into today remembering that you are not alone in this world. The Lord is with you to empower you to live a godly fruitful life(2 Peter 1:3). Remember to begin each day in His presence asking for strength to overcome temptations and power to represent Him well.

Prayer: Ask the Lord for grace to never be found a participant in any fruitless work of darkness, but rather to reprove them (see Ephesians 5:11)
—Pst. Abraham Damilola Arigi

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