Two of the Scariest Scriptures Found in the Bible…
Perhaps, I shouldn’t use the words scariest Scriptures because it implies fear and God has said: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). These two verses are both found in the book of Ephesians, chapter four. Beginning with verse seventeen; “Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4: 17). This verse makes the hairs on my arms stand up! The exegesis is simply this, the devil does not have the power nor permission to devastate your life unless you open the door and let him in. Oftentimes, we are deceived by the devil into thinking he can just sift you up like wheat at any time and blow us away.
Are we unknowingly opening doors and literally as well as figuratively rolling out the red carpet extending an open invitation welcoming the enemy into our lives with devastation?
Let’s make this analogy more contemporary; Let’s say, you are planning your annual family trip and you know you have a propensity and /or addiction to gambling. In fact, you absolutely love to play the slot machines; yet, in your budget, you make the conscious decision to include a two hundred dollar allowance to play…? This scenario is like standing on a mountaintop, holding a large sign with blinking lights telling the devil “WELCOME, PLEASE ENTER HERE! “
The next verse in this chapter is verse 30: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption “(Ephesians: 4:30). This verse describes the one and only sin that we commit in which the Scriptures define as the “UNFORGIVABLE SIN.” We are guilty of committing this sin when we knowingly violate God’s ordinances in His very presence. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19)? Would you go to church, sit down and light up a cigarette? Absolutely not! Why? Because you know that would appear to be a disrespectful act. As a believer, the Holy Spirit now lives in you. When you accept Christ as your Savior; you are then sealed with the Spirit of God until the day that Jesus Christ returns to redeem your body. Innocently, many of us will grieve the Holy Spirit by defiling the Temple of God, in ignorance. Would you write or draw all over the church with graffiti? Surely, no! Did you know you are guilty of committing the very same offense when you tattoo or pierce your body? I almost hate to tell you this, but if you have read this post, you will no longer be able to use the excuse of I didn’t know, anymore. If you didn’t know, now you know!