Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

We are living in a time period described as perilous times. Times when darkness would cover the earth, gross darkness would cover the people, while at the same time God’s people would arise and shine and His glory would be seen on us (Isaiah 60:1, 2). We must be aware that God’s keeping power is ready to be revealed (1 Peter 1:5, 6) and He is able to keep us from falling all the way until we are before His presence in Heaven.

We must also be aware of the seduction going on toward apostasy or departing from active Christianity. The Book of Jude was actually given to warn us by the historical record and six examples of apostasy in the first eleven verses. Apostasy is an abandoning of what one has once believed as a faith, cause, or principle. It is an abandoning of active Christianity. Our world is wallowing in a swamp of perversion, filth, and darkness and it seems too few want to talk about it, preach about, or warn about it. Some go so far as to pretend sin doesn’t exist, that there isn’t a devil, and that there is no such thing as the flesh. But sin does exist and every believer has to learn to face the enemies of Godly living; namely, the world, the flesh, and the devil. First Timothy 4: 1, 2 gives us some insight of how the seduction toward apostasy begins:

1. Giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines (teachings) of devils 1 Tim. 4:1.
2. Speaking lies in pretense. They start pretending and covering things with lies 1 Tim. 4:2.
3. Conscience becomes seared. They are not bothered by the sin they used to be bothered by or they become less and less bothered by it 1 Tim. 4:2.

If we find this happening in us to any degree we ought to run to God, His Word, and His house. Seek out a holy man or woman of God full of the Word and Spirit of God who will love us enough to tell us the truth.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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