1 Timothy 4:1-5
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

The issue on the table today is standing firm in our faith. The spiritual war for our souls is being waged, and what we believe is being bombarded by deception in some form or another. Our ability to stand firm in our faith is in terrible danger when we entertain “deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”. (NKJV) If you believe in Jesus and stand true to what it means to be a Christian, deceiving spirits will attempt to entice you into belief systems that sabotage the integrity of the Word of God which jeopardizes the core of what you believe. The tactics the serpent used in the Garden of Eden remain the same. The serpent convinced Eve that God didn’t really mean what He said. Lord God, give us wisdom and discernment to know the truth and to stand firm in our faith. Thank You for Your grace, and new hope every day.

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2 Thessalonians 2:15-17
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  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, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Here Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica to stand firm. Exodus 14:13 says, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” This was when the armies of Egypt pursued Israel to the Red Sea. 2 Chronicles 20:17 says, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem.” This is when the Ammonites and Moabites came to attack Judah. Jehosophat “feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” Psalm 33:11 says, “But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” We stand firm by seeking the Lord and being willing to trust Him and praise Him in the face of whatever may come against us. His love never fails.

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