Every story in Scripture teaches us either what to do or what not to do, sometimes both. These history lessons were recorded so we can glean wisdom from them. Why fall into the same trap they fell into? Why not avoid their mistakes? The ancient account of the venomous vipers infesting Israel’s camp is mentioned five times in Scripture by four different authors (Num. 21:4-9, Dt. 8:15, 2 Kgs. 18:4, Jn. 3:14, 1 Cor. 10:9) adding weight to its importance and credibility.
One of Satan’s biggest traps we must avoid is isolation. No person is an island to themselves. We were not designed to live in prolonged solitude but to interact in a network of healthy relationships. Isolation is not healthy for us physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. We need meaningful relationships with other people and genuine fellowship with other believers.
A wooden plaque my wife bought me sits on a bookshelf in my office. It contains a concise, powerful message—“The man on the middle cross told me I can come.” You may wonder what the violent death of a first century carpenter has to do with you. The answer is everything!
We all face dry spells when prayer feels like a waste of time. Every Christian experiences times when God seems a million miles away. Then we must walk by faith and not by our feelings. When we can’t trace God’s hand, we must trust His heart. Excluding Psalms, the Bible records over 650 prayers, of which at least 450 have recorded answers. So, we should expect God to answer our prayers. However, we should also identify and remove any hindrances. Consider ten common reasons for unanswered prayer:
Many believe the Antichrist will be a literal, global leader but the spirit of Antichrist already permeates the world with its corrosive influence. We need keen spiritual discernment to recognize and resist it. Jesus warned that the number one sign indicating His soon return is mass deception (Mt. 24:4-5). He predicted deception will be so rampant in the last days that even the elect would be deceived “if possible” (Mt. 24:24).
Thankfully, those who live by Biblical truth and listen to the Holy Spirit will not be deceived. Discernment is “the ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from evil, truth from error, to perceive, detect, or to recognize.” The more familiar we are with a genuine item, the easier it is to spot a fake. The more we know and love the true Christ, the less vulnerable we will be to the spell of the Antichrist.