The Bible tells us in the last days a deceptive spirit shall go forth throughout the land. The name of this spirit is ( It’s Your Time) Jesus recognized this spirit in the 6th chapter and 26th verse of the book of St. John. (Jesus answered them and said “Verily. Verily, I say unto you. Ye seek me, not because ye saw the Miracles but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.)
This spirit is coming forth like a mighty hurricane, it’s rumble can be heard echoing throughout the land, on television, radio, in books, tapes, CD’S, and even over the internet. It is masquerading behind a false front, twisting the word of God to exalt the creature above the creator seeking to change the agenda by spotlighting the worth and the benefits of being a Christian while totally ignoring the will and purpose of the creator. It suggests that God in Christ is obligated to bless us if we live a Christian life or sow a seed offering into a particular ministry. It gives a false illusion a sense of value or of having a bargaining chip. The scripture plainly tells us in the book of Hebrews 10:36 (For ye have need of patience that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise). And in Rom. 12:1 (I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service). Webster’s dictionary defines the word reasonable as meaning within the bounds of reason, not extreme, inexpensive. We often place more value on the way we live than heaven does. Paul is clearly saying living a Christian life is exactly what we are supposed to do. It does not give us any special privilege and it does not buy a lot of real estate in heaven. This is the same trick that satan tried to use against Jesus in the wilderness in the book of Matthew 4:3. (And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread). Satan knew that Jesus was hungry, he also knew that Jesus was the son of God and being the son of God he was saying who else deserved to eat more than Jesus. He wanted Jesus to use his deity and his relationship with the father as a bargaining chip. But Jesus was not deceived, he saw through the flesh, all the cars, bank accounts, the mansions, and the pride of life. He would not tempt the Lord. Matthew 4:4 (It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God). Jesus called it tempting God. Today we call it our christian privilege.
What shall we say then : Is it our time, or is it Jesus time? The answer can be found in the word of God in 2 Cor. 6:2. ( For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee. Behold, now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation.