Seek God in Spirit and Truth! Beware of Deception!

Spirit and Truth

Commentary By:  Gordon King

These times are wicked and evil, full of corruption, chaos and confusion, instigated by the father of all lies, Satan!  His is to spread deception throughout the world, and yes, even into the church of Christ!

I know that what I am about to say will not agree with some of you, however, I must speak what I know and believe to be the truth!  I speak out of love and a desire to share the word of God.  I am not here to soothe the itching ears of man, nor am I here to spread the doctrines of demons, on the contrary, I am here to shine a light on the truth of the word of God, and to reveal the darkness.  Mine is not to fill the hearts of man with visions of prosperity and self-fulfillment, but to seek God’s truth and principles.

Lord God in heaven hear my prayers.  Open our eyes to the truth of Your wisdom.  Give us the vision and clarity needed to know the truth.  Search our hearts and give us understanding of Your word.  Lead us in the path of righteousness, and deliver us from evil.  In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen

Brothers and sisters in Christ, listen to the Lord your God, give heed to the Holy Spirit within you!  Do not be deceived into believing lies, lies from the pit of hell!  Discern the good from the bad, know the truth and do not follow doctrines of demons.

John 8:44

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Many will be led astray, yes, possibly even the elect!

Matthew 24:11-13

Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Matthew 24:24

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

The church has been deceived in many ways, many believing that there is more than one way to heaven, believing that we serve the same God as the Muslims, believing that salvation comes through believing and baptism in physical water, and believing that we must follow religious practices that have been passed down for generations, although there is no scriptural evidence for this.  Just because you have been doing something for a long time, and just because your family may have done it for a long time does not make it right!  Nor does it make it biblical.  Some practices may be true to a point, but not universally true or not the whole truth.

2 Peter 2:1-3

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

As Christians we are to love God first, than love one another as Christ first loved us!  These are the first two and greatest of all commandments which Jesus gave us.  But this is not the only purpose for our being here, we are to also shine our light and expose the darkness in the world.  As believers we must do more than one thing at a time!  We need to learn how to multi-task.

Ephesians 5:11

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

Many people will disagree with me on this, even many Christians, yet this is the word of God.  Take it up with Him!

We as Christians are also called to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, to lead the lost to salvation.

Mark 16:15-16

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Many Christians believe that Jesus tells us that we must be “baptized” in physical water in order to be saved.  This is just not true!  Jesus does tell us to believe and be baptized, however, there are many ways to be baptized, not only in “physical” water!  What I believe with all of my heart, mind, and spirit is that what Jesus referring to is the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon believing in Christ!  I don’t want to get into a long discussion here about this, but let us not forget about the criminal on the cross next to Christ.

Luke 23:42-43

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

So if this one man was saved, then why is it that he did not have to be baptized in “physical” water?  It doesn’t make any sense that Jesus would save this man without being baptized in “physical” water if we have to!  And even when Jesus was alive before His crucifixion He saved many, and He did not tell them to get baptized in physical water first!

Jesus tells us that He is the “Living Water”, that whomever drinks of this water shall never thirst and this water will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life!  This is what Jesus told the Samaritan woman.  He was not referring to “physical” water here, but of “Spiritual” water.

John 4:13-14

‘Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Not only did Jesus save her, but many others also who listened to the Samaritan woman and came to meet Jesus.

John 4:42

‘Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Did these people get baptized in “physical” water?  Not that we know of, and according to scripture Jesus did not tell them to get baptized in “physical” water either!

I believe that this baptism with “water” which Jesus is referring to is the Holy Spirit which He sends to live within us when we believe.  This is the baptism of “water” which Jesus is referring to when He says “believe and is baptized”.  It’s not “physical” water, but “Living” water, God Himself!  It’s about the spirit, not the flesh.  When we truly believe, then we are baptized with the Holy Spirit!

However, we are to be baptized in “physical” water afterwards as an outward sign of our devotion and love for God.  We are saved by the grace of God only, not by any of our works lest anyone should boast!  Baptism in “physical” water is a good “work”.

Many choose not to believe this, and so be it.  Just make sure that if you are telling people that they must be baptized in “physical” water in order to be saved, that you know this for a fact and that it is the truth, or you will be misleading and teaching a false doctrine.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Under the Old Covenant, believers in God did not have God living within them.  They had to go to a place where they could meet with God, and worship God.  However, all of that changed with the New Covenant!  Under the New Covenant, when we believe in Jesus Christ as God, then He sends His Holy Spirit to live within us.  We become new creations, and we are the temple of God!  God is always with us, He never leaves us, and He always communes with us, as long as we allow it and are not living a life of sin.  We will sin, but we must repent and ask God to forgive us, and He will.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”

Many believers think that we as Christians must go to a “physical” church, a building where we meet with other believers to worship and praise God.  They believe that this is a commandment from God Himself!  I say that we don’t and it’s just not scriptural.  I am not saying that going to church is a bad thing, or that we should not do it, don’t get me wrong here.  I attend church every Sunday myself, because I want to worship and praise God along with hundreds of other believers.  However, we must realize, that as new creations, as children of the Most High God of the universe, we have the Holy Spirit living within us!  That we have been made temples of the Living God.

Not only have we been made temples of God, we are saints of God, and we have been made priests and kings!

Revelation 1:5-6

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.  To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Yes, each and every believer in Jesus Christ is a priest of God.  We have it within ourselves to preach and teach God’s word.

1 Peter 2:9

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

I believe that the term “church” has been taken out of context over the past two thousand years.  Church was not meant to be a “physical” building, it was meant to mean the body of believers in Jesus Christ!  This could be anywhere, at any time, at any place!  When we fellowship with other believers, then we are in church.   Church is where God is, it is fellowship with other believers, worshiping, and praising our Lord and Savior at any time and any place.

Just because tradition dictates what we believe, does not make it the truth.  Just because we have done something for years does not make it the truth either!

God is Spirit, and the things of God are Spirit also.  We must worship God in spirit and truth.  This is whats important, not a physical building.  The things of this world will pass away, but the things of God will remain forever!

John 4:21-24

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

The point is, it does not matter where we worship as long as we worship in spirit and truth!  We should not only worship and praise God on Sunday mornings, but everyday of the year!  We are to give Him thanks, worship, praise, honor, and glory everyday!  How many believers only really do these things on Sunday when they go to church?

Another thing that really bugs me, and I know again that I am going to get flack for saying this, are Catholics praying to saints and worshiping Mary!  All of us are saints, and all of us are made holy, righteous, and pure in the eyes of our Father in heaven through the blood of Jesus Christ!  Where in God’s word does it tell us to do these things?!  As a matter of fact the bible strictly prohibits us from them.

John 4:8

And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

Exodus 34:14

“(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God)”

1 Timothy 2:5

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”

Matthew 6:9

“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

Philippians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Revelation 19:10

And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

We all need to be aware and not be ignorant.  We need to study the word of God in spirit and truth, and know what it is telling us.  We cannot take one or two verses out of context and say that they mean something that they do not.  We need to take a look at the entire word of God and receive truth, understanding and wisdom.  We need to be conscious of the entire truth, not just bits and pieces, not twisting of the truth, nor misunderstanding of the truth.

We need to listen to the Holy Spirit within us and what He is telling us.  We need to allow God to speak to our hearts, our minds, and our spirit.  We must remember that God is spirit, that we need to focus on the spirit and not on the flesh else we be deceived.

Jesus Christ, the giver of peace, the giver of life, and the sustainer of all things.  We have already been given the gift of eternal life, peace, comfort, authority, power, and discernment, we only need to know how to use them and receive them into our lives.

None of us are perfect, we are all on a learning journey through this life.  We don’t all see things the same way, yet some of us do see things that others do not.  Some things are revealed to some, that others cannot see.  God reveals things to us when He is ready to do so.  Be careful in judging a fellow believer if you are not absolutely certain, without a doubt that you are right.  We all answer to our Creator!

Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

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4 comments

  1. SweetJava

    Amen!
    In a world full of chaos and confusion our Christian voices, our Christian ways of love and brotherhood must stand apart, showing by example our God’s glory, mercy, love.
    Yes, we are not perfect, yet we are here for a purpose, we have been given free will to follow our own desires/path or the will of God. The enemy thrives on us focusing on anything, everything except heavenly things. But when we follow the will of God, when we put Him first all things come together for our good and His glory. The opposite is true when we choose to follow our selfish ways, the inkling of our emotions, the persuasions of this world.

    You have not offended but spoken truth with clarity and although I donot agree with you in one area you made it clear God is to be worship everyday. It is everyday we need Him, it is everyday we pray for blessings and understanding, wisdom and discernment, and give thanks. It is everyday we must deal with secular life, right here and now. How one perceives God in our daily life shows how committed one is to God’s service. Service is not a chore but a blessing. Doing something good is a blessing to both individuals, no matter how small the gesture, if done with love and compassion. He is in us and we are in Him should reflect our being, our dealing with each other, our love for one another. For if one does not love his brother who he can see, how is the love for God found in him who he cannot see. God IS love, pure agape not fabricated, not pretend, not here today gone tomorrow but eternal. His condition is to love as He loves us, without malice or offence but kindness and respect.
    We’ve lost this simple message in this age of the Laodicean church era we find ourselves in. Where people are neither hot nor cold. Believe what you will is the message of this age. And the deception is flourishing. This is not the time to be passive or ‘anything goes’ mentality, but a time to stand for truth – Jesus Christ is truth!
    One must be one or the other (stand for truth or not) there is no middle ground. No, every way, anyway leads to the kingdom of heaven. This is false as you so clearly stated, Gordon. We must open our eyes, reality is harsh but God sustains us through it. Sincere prayers are answered in God’s time table. He puts things in motion, even though sometimes we take the wrong path, with confession He forgives us and helps us through the consequences our actions have brought. The actions must play out, yet it all works out when Jesus is at the helm of our lives. That’s the key, not to let go of the saving grace we’ve been freely given. But take it and spread His love, His message of love and forgiveness.

    He came for such a purpose to gather His own, to correct the error that’s been spewed through lies and deceptions. He is the living water! And He offers it freely. His power is within us when we trust in Him in all things. When it seems your at your lowest and you see no way out, He is there. Don’t think on the misery but on God’s mercy – contemplate on what He is teaching you – what is that moment’s lesson. The lesson might be for someone else. With Jesus with us, in us all things come together — we must look beyond our struggles, our pain. Not always easy when one is smack in the middle of the storm, but all so worth it for the peace of mind only He can give. God works in us through our struggles, we must recognize where we got off track ourselves and get back to His open arms, His ways. His yoke is light. Trust Him in all things even if you can’t quiet see the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t mean its not approaching. Have faith, and don’t give up.

    Do not give in to the pomp and circumstances of the world’s entertainment. Look around, the world is dying spiritually. One doesn’t need a master’s degree to acknowledge the world has changed. Be in the world but not part of it. It’s not a time to slumber but do our part in reaching the masses by the way we live our own life, it’s not religion but a way of life. The smallest smile or kind word helps someone if not ourselves. We must show who we stand for no matter how the world sees it. We are a peculiar people for this reason.
    God sees our good nature, our heart and that’s what truly counts. Malice toward none. Emulating what Jesus would do, not what our emotions tell us in frustration or ill-will. This is the enemy’s trick to distract from knowing Our Creator and friend. Christ came to reveal this trickery and expose the lies. We must put our trust in Him.

    We are the temple of God, He made us in His image to reflect the love that surpasses all understanding. We are not of this fallen world but of a higher eternal one (that’s surly coming soon). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is believing Jesus is who He is at the core of our heart and mind, constantly having His Spirit in us and doing His will. Showing it to the world in actual water baptism is good but if one can’t its ok, as you have explained G.
    Believing He came to redeem us, take us back to the place of harmony not discord. He has promised to return, has prepared a place for us for those who love Him. We belong to a royal family not to be taken lightly but to be cherish and grateful. the enemy knows this all to well and does his best to distract us into forgetting it. Be not of the world but come out of it! We worship an awesome God of creation not ourselves or anything else above or below us. Jesus is the only one who saves us, the only one to truth, the only way to life eternal. He Himself said it. There is no other way to the Father.

    Eternity is calling are YOU listening? Get right with God now. Surrender your heart to the one who truly loves us and He will make a change in you. Ask for His will be done in you, follow Jesus’ lead and when you find yourself tipping the opposite way ASK yourself what would Jesus do?… and follow through. We all have a crown to obtain, let’s not loose it on frills and fables of this world that pleases for a moment and fleas, leaving us empty and wanting something else. That something else is Jesus whispering to follow Him.. Stay connected to the one who loved us so much He took our sins upon Himself and gave us a blessed HOPE of a beautiful existence to look forward to at His advent. Let’s not forfeit this gift. Think on this when times are tough, it’s only for a season all ends well for those who love Him. God bless.

    Loved how the message of salvation is clear in your post G.
    My only disagreement is the Sunday worship. The Sabbath is the day God made Holy and asked us to remember Him and creation. Yes, everyday we should find devotional time with Him and any day can be a gathering for fellowship. But His Sabbath is special, a holy day to come together to remember all He is, to learn and be taught His ways, to praise and sing, to worship Him as a community and as one with Him. The day of rest from our labors and think and reflect on God and His tender love for us and creation. No where in Scripture does it say that day has changed to Sunday as the day of rest. We are His children and reflect His will. The Roman church changed this law on their own accord calling it ‘the Lord’s day’ because of His resurrection. But it is not His Holy day.
    May God bless you richly my friend. Maranatha!

    Every day is a blessing. Look for the blessing and focus on it not the negatives of this world that only makes us bitter. God is life/love, lets reflect this in our own life and there by moving His cause forward through our actions.
    May the God we serve give us all His Spirit of wisdom and truth, In Jesus’s Holy name. Amen.
    Thanks again Gordon for the message of HOPE.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment and encouragement SweetJava!

      I appreciate your belief in the Sabbath day, however, I don’t believe that it really matters what day we set aside to rest in the Lord, as long as we do it. This is what I believe and feel in my spirit. As long as we do set aside one day a week for this purpose. We can all get caught up in religious dos and do nots, but what matters is our devotion to God, our relationship with Him, and our faith.

      I am not telling you that you are wrong SweetJava, I’m just letting you know what I believe my friend, thats all. It should not be something to push us apart, on the contrary, it should bring us together in hope, love, and joy!

      God bless my friend! Maranatha!

  2. SweetJava

    We both are learning from one another in our walk with Our Lord, Gordon. And come together as united in Christ. Sure we have our differences but no, these differences, debates makes clearer the word we embrace and/or makes us think, making us want to search deeper into word.
    That being said I must disagree with you my friend, it does matter. Please don’t take what I’m about to say in a negative way but my heart tells me different. The Sabbath has been establish since creation when God on the ‘seventh day rested from all His work which He had done.’ God blessed and sanctified it (Gen.2:2-3). “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exo.20:8
    The Sabbath is what will separates us from the world when Sunday Law comes to effect (It’s being talked about right now at the Vatican to establish the ‘Lord’s Day’ world wide). And although it may seem a good idea, some Christians will be persecuted for not obeying this edict. Many examples are found in Scriptures’ from the time of the Babylonian era to ours. Daniel is a prime example. We are to be set apart from the world…
    It does matter, when God Himself writing the Commandments on the two stone tablets wrote “REMEMBER” His holy day. He knew people, generations would forget. Our Lord came not to abolish God’s law but to strengthen them and give true meaning to them. The first four commandments are about Him and how His kingdom operates, in harmony with His Spirit. He is in charge and rightly so, we are His creation NOT the other way around.
    The Sabbath or the Sabbath day is spoken of throughout Scriptures’. It’s God’s holy day, the day He set apart, six days He gave us to do our labor but the seventh is a day of rest and be refreshed from the week’s chores and obligations.
    Many people at this point think the ‘Lord’s day’ Sunday is the true Sabbath and I’m afraid their very much confused, through traditions and customs because Jesus aroused the dawn of the third day – Sunday. But He too rested on the Sabbath and at dawn on the first day of the week He had risen. No where in Scriptures’ does it say the Sabbath was changed to this day. Just the opposite. He stayed true to His word.
    He taught us what the Sabbath really means, had hard discussions with the Pharisee of His day. The Sabbath was made for man to rest and be at one with Our Creator; to do things for His kingdom not ourselves. It does matter. It’s a blessing. Sure any day you can worship and be one with God and this is great for we need God every day, but His special day of rest, the one He established for eternity and commands us to observe is His Sabbath. But because it falls on secular Friday/Saturday it’s more a chore to observe for this is secular weekend. The work week was set up to have the weekend fall as they do by men who followed a different spirit.
    It’s not a Jewish thing, their was no denominations at the time of creation. The Sabbath is for all people, all generations, from the physical Israel that was to show the world God’s principals to the present Spiritual Israel; the Jews and Gentiles alike.
    It’s what distinguishes us in these latter days. You will shortly see the Pope decreeing Sunday as the day of worship, no one will be allowed to do anything on this day. Just as in Daniel’s time, history repeating itself. I believe the world has been deceived since Constantine gave the edict to change the law to harmonize with the changing times of his era. And its been propagated ever since.

    Here are just a few Scripture verses stating how important the Sabbath is:
    “Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generation as a perpetual covenant. ‘It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel FOREVER; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'” Exo. 31:16,17(Both physical and spiritual Israel, we are the Spiritual Israel).
    “Keep justice and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who KEEPS from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.” Isa.56:1,2
    “For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Mat.12:8
    “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.” Matt. 24:20 Talking about the days of persecution then and now and soon to be. Why would He mention to pray it not be on the Sabbath if this is not His Holy day..?..
    “And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?” Mark 6:2 Shows His good deeds, not the Pharisees demands.
    “And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.” John 5:16 He did nothing but good deeds on the Sabbath and they were stone cold to His miracles.
    “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was a high day,)..” John 19:31
    “And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” Acts 13:44 As it will soon be once He establishes His kingdom on earth. We will be going from Sabbath to Sabbath learning from Him.

    I agree with you any day can be a worship day, a devotional time with Our Lord, a boost in spirit for the days events. But only His Sabbath, the seventh day where He finished all His work of creation is sanctified by Him to be holy and special, a covenant that distinguishes us from the secular world we live in.
    Please don’t take this as an offense what I truly believe in my heart, what the Lord has shown me.
    I follow the the God of the Bible not some religion, not tradition or doctrine. Religion to me is found in each of us that follow Our Lord and Savior in action and deed with malice towards none. It does matter.
    May God bless us all with wisdom to discern His words, is my prayer to each person searching for truth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
    Maranatha!

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