The enemy of the soul of man is at it again! However, there has never been a time he dawned tools though! The devil has readily sought for himself an Avenue to strike at the slightest opportunity. It is a shame that despite God’s readily available forewarning, Believers have refused to be fore armed.
The thief, Believers are already told, comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 1 0:10). His modus operandi over these 3 programs of his are yet found in 3 other forms. They are “TEMPTATIONS”, “ACCUSATIONS” and “DECEPTIONS”. Of these, the latter happens to be the most dreadful.
When one is being tempted, such will definitely know or feel it. In the same vein, one automatically perceives an accusation. However it takes a double portion to be able to identify deception. It is such because the one who comes to deceive, will arm self with what the one to be deceived, cannot ordinarily suspect to be a weapon of deception.
Journey with me to the Garden of Eden and see the encounter of the Serpent and Eve. The enemy dangled the Carrot by saying: “Did God say – When he got her attention, he struck and said: “You shall surely not die”. The Holy Book records further that upon the deception, the woman looked and saw that the tree was good and pleasant to the eyes and thus she took and ate (Genesis3:1-7). What is most painful is the fact that her eyes got opened only after the deed has been done (Genesis3:14).
While the Lockdown was on, men were praying for it to be relaxed. Now that the prayers are being answered, there is a campaign of the enemy to blindfold many.
Some are heard saying if there was no church for more than 2 Months, the services of the House of God would not be necessary again. Who, benefits more over worship: God or man?
Many people argue that God can be worshipped anywhere. No doubt about this but the role of a dedicated House of worship must not be taken for granted. When David initiated the idea of a House of worship, God indeed objected to it.
When however, Solomon finished the building and called upon God (2ChronicIes 6), He responded thus: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a House of sacrifice” (2 Chronicles 7:12). God used Paul to charge His people thus: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:24-25). The Day of Pentecost became a reality when the Believers came together in one accord (Acts 2:1).
The Almighty has never tampered with man’s WILL. He does not as such force Himself on any one! In the Scripture He says: “I stand at the door of your heart and knock. If you open the door, I will come in” (Revelation 3:20). If anyone hardens their heart, God will move on with those who are ready to move. Let it be noted that the days of Jonah wherein God chases people all over are gone!
You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free says the Scripture. Life is a choice anyone makes! Please avoid letting others influence your decision and do not be an agent of deception; so as not to incur the wrath of God (Luke 17:2).
Nevertheless, before you decide to call it quits with the House of God just because during the Lockdown that lasted only weeks, you could do without the Church, remember Elijah. He initiated a Lockdown that lasted more than 3 Years and still the People sought the LORD.
This very Lockdown was over only after the Altar of worship was rebuilt. “Then Elijah said to all the people, come near to me. So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the Altar of the LORD that was broken down (1 Kings 18:18).
To start the rebuilding of the Altar of God, ought to be man’s greatest desire now that we have another chance.