As a Christian today, you don’t have to be very perceptive to see that our culture and everything about it is becoming increasingly antagonistic toward the things of God and the church.
Let’s take television for example. It’s very difficult nowadays to actually find something decent to watch, even commercials, without having to place your fingers on the mute and the channel buttons simultaneously to keep from dumping raw sewage into your living room and your heart.
Christian values are being targeted in the media every time we turn around. It’s everywhere! Radio, TV, the internet, billboards, etc. But Jesus said this would happen. He said if they hated Him in his day, they would hate us too. In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul the apostle said that all those who live godly in Christ would suffer persecution.
What’s behind all of this anyway? Is it just the battle between good and evil, darkness and light? NO! I believe it’s much more than that in these last days.
The Man Jesus—the Christ
While I do not have extensive knowledge about world religions, I have researched some of their beliefs to a certain degree and many of them believe that Jesus was a good man, a teacher, and some even agree that He was prophet.
On the other hand, many do not believe that He actually was, and is God.
Why is there a growing contempt for “real” Christianity when Jesus only went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (see Acts 10:38)?
Stop and think about this for a minute. Do you remember what happened when Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan? Matthew 3:16 in the NKJV says “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He (John the Baptist) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him” (Jesus).
At this precise moment in time, Jesus was no more just Jesus. He was now Jesus Christ, the anointed son of God.
He was anointed with the same Spirit that lives inside God the Father. The word anointed or to anoint actually comes from three or four Greek words. They mean to smear with or to rub on. Anoint also meant to consecrate Jesus to the Messianic office and to furnish Him with necessary power for its administration. It also meant to endue Christians with the gifs of the Holy Spirit.
If you study the life and ministry of Jesus, you will find that He did not engage in any miracles (not one) in His ministry until He was baptized in water, and with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that baptized and empowered Jesus was and is the same Spirit who was present and intimately involved in the creation of all living things, as well as the planets, our solar system and a myriad of other things as well.
He is the same Spirit that caused each one of us to receive the life of God at the new birth, or salvation, or whatever term you’re most familiar with.
The Spirit of Anti-Jesus or Anti-Christ?
As I said earlier, there are other religions that believe that Jesus was a good man or teacher and prophet. However, my purpose in this is not to discuss world religions but the spirit that is currently operating in the world and in those today who are antagonistic toward the Gospel.
The apostle John said in 1 John 4:1-3 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world (NKJV).
This passage clearly states that we can discern and target any spirit that is against Jesus Christ by asking one simple question. Do you believe Jesus Christ came in the flesh and that He was and is God? If not, you know what spirit is motivating them.
I tried this once with two women who came to my door on a cold Saturday morning. Once I asked them this question they started stumbling and back peddling for answers. When we’d talked for a few minutes, they ended up telling me that Jesus wasn’t God and that it wasn’t possible for Him to be God.
Satan is After the Anointing in Our Lives
Think about this for a moment? Why do you suppose John wrote about testing the spirits and specifically mentioned confessing Jesus Christ and not just Jesus?
I completely agree that Jesus was God and that He was virgin born. However, it was His own Father’s plan that His ministry not begin until the Holy Spirit came upon Him and indwelt Him. That’s how He turned the water into wine, healed the sick, the lepers, the blind, raised the dead, stilled storms, walked through walls (yes, that’s right!), walked on water, translated a boat to shore from the middle of the sea of Galilee, received instructions from His Father in the Spirit realm (see John 5:19-21) and more.
While I cannot find specific scripture for this, it’s my personal conviction that John wrote about Jesus Christ because he was trying to warn us to protect, guard, and treasure the presence of the person of Holy Spirit, or the anointing in our lives as Christians.
When we do not treasure or value the presence of Holy Spirit and His anointing in us, or upon us, He can and will withdraw inside us. Don’t be deceived, He is very powerful but He is also a gentleman in every sense of the word and He can be grieved or hurt. He takes center stage in our lives only by invitation.
When we let in the wrong type of entertainment, or dwell on unkind and negative thoughts as well as other ungodly things, the power of Holy Spirit diminishes in our lives by our own choices and our hearts gradually harden to His gentle promptings.
Holy Spirit will never crowd His way to the front of our lives. He lets us choose. We are created as love creatures of His. And as such, love NEVER, controls, manipulates or forces it’s own agenda and purpose or it ceases to be love.
Manipulation and control actually have its roots in witchcraft because satan loves to control, force, and coerce us into fulfilling his plans. But if we keep our hearts tender so that Holy Spirit knows He is welcomed, we’ll never have to be concerned about our enemy taking advantage of us.
Invite Holy Spirit to Live in You Today
If you’re interested in having God’s Holy Spirit take up residence in your life, it’s so simple. John 3:17-18 says that God DID NOT send His son into the world to condemn them, but to save them. Verse 18 says that if you believe in Jesus you are not condemned.
Sinning does not condemn you or keep you from being saved, contrary to many traditional teachings today. But God’s word says, simply BELIEVE on the only begotten son of God, and that is Jesus Christ.
Ask God to forgive you for not believing in Him and accept what His Son did for you and Holy Spirit will come into your heart and make you alive. Your whole world will change or you’ll begin to see things from heaven’s perspective instead of this world’s view.
Don’t stress over how you’re going to live this new life. The Holy Spirit is also your teacher, guide, comforter and friend and He will never let you down.
I hope you choose Him, you will not be sorry.
Serving You Truth,