Daily Devotional – November 23 (The Two Spirits In The World)

By admin On November 20th, 2013

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Today’s Devotional – NOVEMBER 23 

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The Two Spirits In The World

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“And every spirit that confesses not

that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:

and this is that [spirit] of antichrist…

They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world,

and the world heareth them.

Hereby know we the spirit of truth,

and the spirit of error.”

1st John 4:3, 5, 6

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.Christ battles satan www.thebiblerevival.com-public domain

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This above passage speaks of two spirits in the world: the “Spirit of truth”, and the “spirit of error”. And the spirit of error is also referred to, here above in verse 3, as the spirit of antichrist. But notice that verse 5 reveals that this antichrist spirit of error belongs to the world.

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So do you see what this above passage is really saying? Do you see that the “spirit of error” is merely the spirit which pervades those in this world, who are not of the “Spirit of truth”?

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Christ battles satan www.thebiblerevival.com-public domain

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SPIRIT OF TRUTH IS HOLY SPIRIT

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Now this same passage also speaks of the “Spirit of truth”. Just who is that referring to? Well, Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as the “Spirit of truth” several times in John’s Gospels.http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/james_tissot/

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Listen… “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but ye know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16, 17

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So now, the Apostle, John, is giving us a great big truth about this world we live in, isn’t he? According to his writings, there are two spirits pervading the inhabitants of the world: the spirit of truth and the spirit of error: the Holy Spirit and the Antichrist spirit. And Jesus stated in this last passage, that the people of the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit (“…Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive,” John 14:17).

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Jesus Tissot-Signature-Brooklyn Museum

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WORLD INDWELT BY SPIRIT OF ERROR

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OK, so you, no doubt, already knew that, didn’t you? You knew that the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpg

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But did you know the other part of this truth? Did you know that the spirit of antichrist indwells the peoples of the world? That’s an incredible truth revealed in this passage from 1st John, wouldn’t you agree?

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Yes, it is an incredible revelation! A revelation concerning the indwelling of the spirit of Antichrist…in the people of the world! Yes, that’s something we seldom hear, even in Christian circles!

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Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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“PRINCE of the POWER of the AIR”

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And for further confirmation of this startling truth, just listen to Paul, in his letter to the Ephhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGesians… “And you hath He (God) quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:1, 2.

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So this passage refers to the Devil as, “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:”

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But this passage also confirms that this “prince of the power of the air” is akin to the “course of this world”. In other words, this is saying that this world is in harmony with Satan. And he is that spirit which “now” indwells the people of this world.

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Martin, John – Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – 1824 wikipedia public domain

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BOTTOM LINE: NO FENCE-SITTERS!

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So here’s the bottom line to this revelation, concerning these two spirits: either a person is filled with the spirit All fence-sitters are mine I own the fence!of Satan, the antichrist spirit. Or he (or she) is filled with the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit. And there’s no third alternative!

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As Jesus Himself stated, “He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathers not with Me scatters abroad.” Matthew 12:30.

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So there’s no fence-sitters in this world: you are either in God’s camp, or you are in the Devil’s camp, one or the other. You just can’t be like this little bird in the above drawing, sitting on a fence. You are either filled with God’s Holy Spirit, or you are filled with the Devil’s spirit, the spirit of Antichrist, the spirit of the world. One or the other! 

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STAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH

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So the big question is, “How do I stay with the ‘Spirit of Truth’?”. There is no shortage of Bhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Pharisee_and_the_publican_Brooklyn.jpgible passages which address this most critical issue. Perhaps one of the most comprehensive passages is found in the Letter of James…

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Listen… “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:8-10.

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For those who still have sin in our lives, there should be the posture of humility and repentance. The Lord loves a humble heart. And such an attitude is a proper medium for the Holy Spirit to begin to work in us to purify our hearts into the glorious image of Jesus Christ!

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Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

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TO READ PART 2, GO HERE…March 17 (The Two Spirits In The World, Part 2: “You’ve Got To Serve Somebody!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

“Dear Lord, let me ask you each day, to keep me by the power of your Holy Spirit. And keep me from ever partaking of the world’s spirit…

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READ MORE…

To explore deeper into these ideas, please read… “Mark of the Beast & Seal of God”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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VALLEY OF DECISION, PRIOR TO JUDGMENT DAY…

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THE FALL CONSTELLATIONS: Just prior to the great battle drama appearing in the form of the Winter Constellations, a most fearful and foreboding constellation group begins to make its appearance in the eastern sky. But don’t wait too long to locate this constellation! Because once it crosses over to the western half of the night sky, it can no longer be seen. So these constellations can only readily be seen when they are in the east.

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The sketch here shows Cassiopeia Constellation, which is the snow-cap to the left in this sketch. The snow-cap to the right has no apparent official name. It is part of the Pegasus Constellation.

Valley of Decision Constellation (1st two mounts)

Valley of Decision Constellation as seen in east in latter summer

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And just as this constellation group appears for only a short time, so it is with the Valley of Decision’ that comes to each person! This constellation is called the Valley of Decision Constellation. And this constellation group points to the real Valley of Decision, in which each and every human chooses just who will be his or her master.

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

It is not the purpose, nor the desire of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity or recognition to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But unfortunately, the common names of many constellations (such as Scorpio or Sagittarius, etc.), must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

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READ MORE…

To explore deeper into this subject, please read “The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

NOVEMBER 24TH – (The Two Women of Revelation)

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