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Believing And Obeying The Truth
by turtle

Coming from turtle30cshell.com, I am your host Christina
Farris. One of the most common plagues of our times is
propaganda in our news and in our world. Propaganda the
spreading of untruth or gossip. This week twitter spread
one of the latest lies concerning assassination attempt on
the President. Fox news passed propaganda concerning
the government not allowing Southern Baptist Material
because it was not good material for our soldiers to read
and thus our soldiers could not access any Southern
Baptist website. Actually it was a glitch in the system a
programming problem that occurs and will continue to
occur until Baptist remove the problem probably. However
it had nothing to do with teaching. With war comes fear,
and with fear comes rumors some true, some half true. By
the time all the errors get iron out most people either do
not care, or only remember the original lie to only be
brought up years later when another issue occurs. Then
people wonder which was the lie, the first or the second
information given concerning the ironing out of the

There is a reason people believe the lies more then the
truth and only by the Holy Spirit can we acknowledge what
truth is. Today’s lesson deals with lies. What is true and
what is false and how are things discerned. We all know
people that if you said the sky was purple and they would
still declare it blue despite photographs or visibility of
seeing a purple sky. Why because they are accustom to
seeing a blue sky and not a purple sky. For it to change
something had to cause it. Their minds often believing the
deception over the truth. Unless one examines the proof,
nothing changed and some even seeing the proof still
claims it is impossible. On the contrary it be like saying if a
tree is in the woods and it falls does it still makes a sound
if no one is around. The truth is if you are close by you
would still hear it fall, and go and see what fell. Only if you
knew that tree was once standing would you know it fell.
Only someone never being in a woods would come up with
idea of this nature of not hearing a tree fall.

When people get saved they change, it not always
instantly, it not noticeable to the naked eye. Yet it is a
change. One receives the truth of God and His Son and
desires to do good and is able by the Holy Spirit. Until one
takes hold to believe the truth, the lie remains in the heart,
unchanged. The inability to follow the will of God for one
life has not changed. One might be able to be a good
person but their heart is not for God. It is rebellious spirit
against God and the desire to follow Jesus is in opposition
to the world. Sexual immorality runs ramped, drug abuse,
alcohol abuse, lies, trickery, deception, and more wrestle
against human moral codes and God’s will.

Anyone can be a good person, but not until salvation does
discernment of the ways of God come. For God’s Spirit
only works on convicting the hearts of sinners until the
day of salvation. Yet even sinful people are subjection to
the will of God. Let us read today’s passage.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 KJV
(1)  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
(2)  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as
that the day of Christ is at hand.
(3)  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day
shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and
that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
(4)  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is
(5)  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told
you these things?
(6)  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be
revealed in his time.
(7)  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he
who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
(8)  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the
Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall
destroy with the brightness of his coming:
(9)  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders,
(10)  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because they received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved.
(11)  And for this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie:
(12)  That they all might be damned who believed not the
truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(13)  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for
you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from
the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
(14)  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(15)  Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the
traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or
our epistle.
(16)  Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even
our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us
everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
(17)  Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good
word and work.

The antichrist will come he is a seducing spirit. A spirit
that will speak lies. Causing people to fall away. Yet when
people begin to believe the lie over truth, we have to
remember that something else is occurring. Let me give
example: if a teen is told it is okay to cuss at age sixteen,
and though he never cussed before, by someone he
respects. Nine times of out of ten he will think cussing is
okay and will do it himself, if the adult cusses too. Not
having any regards of the effects of cussing may have on
his reputation. It like the first sip of alcohol, or first misuse
of drugs. It is the temptation of sin that begins with a
thought planted by the enemy. Sin harkens at the soul of
all believers and non believers alike. Yet to believe truth of
God concerning the temptation is half the battle the other
is resisting temptation. The antichrist is like a drug lord
that exalts himself over his victims, alive or dead. Showing
power and might that he can control and induce power.
Yet even these leaders have a day they fall. Yet the
antichrist is more deceptive then any drug lord. He
imitates Christianity, he does miracles and calls it
miracles, he more like a politician who when finally getting
the seat in office despite the office uses his power for
deception, for trickery and for any means to cause
another to bow to him. It is the ability to prophesy because
of knowledge appearing as if it is foretelling event. It like
one knowing information prior to an event. All
governments are like a false prophet, yet no doubt they
use their information they receive to their advantage
especially in office.

Antichrist is a type of big brother, acting as a friend and
protector only to deceive the people who souls are in
jeopardy. For example those that do not believe in God’s
salvation plan through Christ Jesus is believing a lie. Not
necessarily. Many people of many faiths come to Jesus
through their prior faith. Moral code and just given
originally by the ten commandments. These people are
followers of the old way and have a heart for God but their
heart is harden to the truth of the Messiah, because God
harden them for a purpose. Yet those not receiving even
the basic truth that God exist, receive not any truth but
maybe moral code or since of ethics. Yet there are people
that reject all of these things. Those people hearts are
harden. God has harden their hearts because they refuse
the truth of Him and the truth of the law of God. A person
who can not see the basic laws of God as truth is harden
to the ways of God. If one can not see the value of not
committing adultery, not to kill, to obey your parents, one
can not value God’s ways. In truth the beginning of
valuing God’s ways begins will valuing the common law of
loving others as yourself. Seeing the value of others and
yourself. The antichrist will tear all these things apart in
one perspective if he can. He demoralize the human race,
has no compassion for people that are different from
them. It like those that  believe in ethnic cleansing. That
certain people did not have a right to life, because of their
heritage. This is hatred, and God is love. Yet God also
passes judgment on people, but that is power that only
belongs to God. God hardens people hearts only after
they reject Him repeatedly and refuse to obey Him. He
gives them a chance. We have to understand God sees
the core of man’s heart we can not.

What does God way bring to a life that chooses at the
least to follow God’s rules? It brings about peace with one’
s neighbor, and it brings a value to self worth. To believe
in God can bring about strife with your neighbor who
follows moral codes and yet think you are crazy for
believing in God. It brings about persecution. People
judging because the view your salvation as some how you
consider yourself better then them. In truth you saved
only by belief in Jesus. Before you were as lost as your
unsaved neighbor. The truth is that you find your works
not worthy to be even placed before the Lord, yet God
does see our good works and does value them, they are
not enough to save us. That why God sent His Son to
redeem us, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. God’
s provision for our sins. Our works we do in ourselves are
done by our own willingness to do them or not do them.
God sees the heart of our actions. One might say if there
is a God he be pleased I picked those green beans for my
parents in the garden. Yet that is the wrong attitude
because God desire man to have heart toward Him. David
had a heart of belief before God, according to the
scripture. Despite his sin, God still loved Him. He had
given his Holy Spirit to him, so he could reign while on the
throne. Despite his sin God did not remove his spirit as He
did Saul. Saul was about habit and tradition and not the
matters of his heart. He disobeyed God, by not waiting to
do a sacrifice. God judgment being justified by the matter
of the heart of these two men. One truly seeking God and
one following one traditions, and what he thought God
might want instead of seeking God for what He truly
wanted. Obedience to God is important to a believer, but it
does not make a believer. Anyone can do the outward
show of a believer, God desire the heart of faith. The heart
of faith is believing there is first a God and then second
God has a salvation plan for mankind through His Son
Jesus. God harden the Jews heart in order for the gentiles
to be saved. Gentiles hearts were once harden to God.
Now salvation came to the gentiles to all that would
receive. Harden hearts can be open, yet if they reject God
will repeatedly God makes it impossible for them to repent.

To those that chose to believe the truth and to obey the
truth God gives a comforter His Holy Spirit. The same
Spirit that was in King David, and even Moses. That same
Spirit who teaches and guides all believers in Christ Jesus.
He being the hope forever and ever. Our job as believers
is to embrace the truth and denounce the lies of this
world. Not to allow the lies to stand. He gives us the Holy
Spirit so that we are able to do the work of God for the
glory of God the Father and His Son. Without His Spirit it
is impossible to please God.

Hebrews 11:6 KJV
(6)  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is
a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
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