By Jannie Linney
“Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits. Awake to Righteousness and sin not; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” [1 Cor. 15:33-34]. Several places in the Bible encourages us, do not be deceived. Apparently God is trying to tell us it is possible to be deceived. Deception means we do not know we are deceived, confused, mixed up or have a lack of understanding. Many people strongly think the Bible says what they believe. They believed what Uncle so and so or Aunt Know it all said, instead searching out what the Bible actually contains. Many times the argument is to reinforce a belief backing up a false doctrine they want to live and determined not to change. This is serious and eternal. We are encouraged to “Awake”
“Awake” to righteousness: Become alert, aware of rightness, The Lord upholds the righteous, the Lord knows the days of the upright; and their inheritance shall be forever, they shall not be ashamed. In evil times and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied” [Ps. 37:17-19]. The Lord will bless the righteous;
“Awake” sin not! It is written,” Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good” [Rom. 12:9]. God is not an old man in heaven with a big stick trying to keep us from having fun! He loves us so much he gives us the plan of salvation and victory for this life and security for the life to come. He does not force any one to do anything. He gave us free choice. He loves us so much He gave His Son to suffer and die so we could be forgiven!
“Awake” Evil Company corrupts. The word says abstain from all appearance of evil. In the NKJ it says, “Abstain from every form of evil” [2 Thess.5:22]. God said the way is wide that goes to hell and it’s easy to find. If we hang out with and follow that crowd we wind up where they are going —even if we went to the front of the church some time in life. We will spend eternity with the one we follow here on Earth.
“Awake” Some have not the knowledge of God. Not one person has been so bad that God cannot love them. Jesus paid the price for every person that has ever been born or every will be born. Not one person has ever committed sins that God cannot forgive them! Only one sin is unforgivable “Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and you can’t commit that one if you have never been born again” Just know that Jesus will come into your heart if you just ask Him!
“Awake.” Some have not the knowledge of God and I speak this to your shame. Now He is talking to Christians. He has told us over and over in His word to go and tell. He has a calling on every person. We are His body on earth, if the body does not do what He did. [John 14:12] We make Him a Paraplegic. He said the Father gave Him all power and now you go! We are in Him and He is in us and we are in the Father! An extremely large percent of the Body of Christ has never led anyone to the Lord, not one. Let’s do that now, pray this with me and that others will do the same. Pray that the lost will see this and pray. You can use this prayer, come on Pray!
Jesus, I believe by faith, you gave your life so that the sins of man could be forgiven. Please forgive me of all my sins, come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord of my life. Teach me your ways, I will read your word, the bible. Help me to understand it by your Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart, I believe by Faith that I am now a child of God and you will forever be with me Amen! Now, I ask you o pray with me that the body of Christ will “AWAKE”