SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 states, “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Is it possible that all those Christians who cannot bring themselves to participate with the Lord in praying restraining, judicial action, set themselves up to be deceived? Is it possible their inaction opens them up to a spirit of strong delusion that God will release? No one wants any part of strong delusion and yet it seems 2 Thessalonians 2 says we must take seriously our end-time assignment of restraining evil or we open ourselves up to being deceived. Strong delusion is something to run away from as fast as possible. It is time to realize that to separate ourselves from deception is to run away from it and to embrace prayers of judicial interventions that restrain evil. God ordained it, the Holy Spirit has such prayers and as we walk with Him, He will reveal what we are to pray and ask for. Do we have a love of the truth? Will we prepare ourselves to recognize strong delusion? Are we equipping ourselves to pray judicially? We must move in that direction so we can guard against strong delusion and prepare to reap an end-time harvest!