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  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

As the month of December coincides with the Christmas season, in this month I intend to dwell exclusively on all the topics revolving around Christmas using the visit of the Wise man described in Matthew 2 as the base.

Let me wish you a happy and an edifying readÖ oh yes-MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF US!

Suresh Manoharan




December 24th

Apostates- The Spiritual tricksters



I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that Godís marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. -Jude 1:4

In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, The Lord rebuke you! Ė Jude 1:8-9
 
  Apostles and Apostates! Similar sounding words but functionally in Godís perspective, they couldnít be more far apart! If the apostles draw people towards God, the latter draw people away from Him, by their subtle teaching, which almost seems correct but in fact is destructive to oneís soul.

Take for instance, their teaching that all is fair in a Christians life on account of Godís grace or their Satan bashing rhetoric. The simple-minded, new believerís would fall for their teachings which prima-facie may sound acceptable to God. But a closer look at their teachings would reveal, they are misusing Godís grace to the extent of licensing acts of immorality. Similarly, their Satan bashing tactics, would draw a huge crowd for on the surface it would appear to be in conformity with Godís will but such an action lacking in Scriptural backing is heretical, for the Bible says that even Michael the arch angel, did not use derogatory language against Satan. Kindly note, God alone reserves the right to condemn the adversary and what even the obedient angels of God are not allowed to do, what makes us think, we can get away doing the same (II Peter 2:10-12)?

In the context of the above, Christians are well advised to steer clear of both immorality in Godís name and Satan bashing which these Spiritual trickstersí proclaim, without even as much of shivering.

Tomorrow, letís focus upon what pleases God most on a CHRISTMAS DAY!

Prayer:

Father in heaven; grant us wisdom to discern and follow only those leadersí whom You have ordained. In Jesusí name. Amen.
 


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