Oh, Little Children . . . From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

1st John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour and our monthly WOW, (words of wisdom/weapons of warfare). I thought I was going to continue on with Coffee in Cabo, but we are already well into the month of May and considering all that is going on around us, I couldn’t delay this any longer. We could use a huge splash of perspective! Grab your coffee and come on in.

I’m not sure where to start: nationally or personally. Oops, I just heard, Start with The Word! Alrighty, then!

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Wow, I am so overwhelmed with the portion of meat found in this one verse. Let me first give you a little background on this verse: John is addressing 2nd and 3rd generation Christians who were beginning to have some serious doubts about the teachings/doctrine that proclaimed and always will proclaim the reality of Jesus Christ who came down in His earthly form. Those doubts began and continued to grow from what John refers to in verse 1 as false prophets and spirits in verse 2. He goes on to distinguish that every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is the Spirit of God, but those who state the contrary are the false spirits who He vehemently calls the spirit of the antichrist in verse 3.

He doesn’t sugar-coat his words. The term antichrist is incredibly accurate for anyone who denies the deity of Christ is indeed against God, since anti means against. Remember, we are either for Him or against Him; there is no middle ground on this issue.

These false prophets/spirits threatened to destroy the church as a wildfire destroys a territory with the heresy of Docetism. Docetism comes from the Greek word meaning “to seem.” The false teaching they were spreading was that Jesus was ‘just a spirit’ who only appeared to have a body.” So, I wonder, were they trying to say He was like a ghost? Whew, we could take a serious detour here, but let’s stay on track.

In addition to Docetism, there was the heresy of Gnosticism – I have to look this up so I don’t take this so far out of context. Bear with me.

Oh my. Gnosticism is from a Greek word meaning knowledge, or learned – please make a note for your heart that that’s learning without experience – and it teaches that we are to shun the material world completely and embrace the spiritual world only.  Well that for sure doesn’t line up because we are to be light to the dark and – oops, I’m doing it again.

Gnosticism also says that oneness with God is obtainable only through the practice of philanthropy to the point of personal poverty and that wisdom comes only by helping others.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking these teachings are cultish and a negative form of brainwashing which dirties up the complete Word of God. But that’s because I believe the complete Word of God

Now please don’t misinterpret my digging for understanding as being critical. My true heart’s desire is to encourage the saints, not point fingers at anyone. If anything, I am consistent in transparently pointing the finger at myself. As one called to ministry, the eyes of my heart are open to the reality of saints dropping like flies because of false teaching and/or the weight of others’ sins falling upon them and crushing them like ants. This is a platform that I do not take lightly and I strive to refrain from personal opinions that have no life-experience basis, revealing His truths that are the power to setting us free.

Now I realize that’s a whole lot of stuff I just gave you but please hang in there with me. If it were up to me, I’d be jumping ahead to where I thought we were supposed to go, which was about the false messages that people tell themselves about themselves, but obviously – wait a minute: Aren’t the false messages we tell ourselves about ourselves a form of brainwashing? And isn’t there a form of national brainwashing going on right now that is threatening to rid our nation of its military chaplains? Oh, friend, we are definitely on to something here, so please, come back tomorrow and hopefully we will get a better glimpse of how this all ties in.

Thoughtfully,

Evinda

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P.S. Happy birthday Teresa Irvine. I’m so humbled and delighted to be doing Kingdom work with the gift of you! Make some memories that squeeze your heart with laughter, would ya!

P.S.S. Join us for Blog Talk Radio today as we continue discussing how to be free of the viral relationship infection, co-dependency! www.blogtalkradio.com/Chicklit-Power

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