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Avoid This Spirit

And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
(I John 4:3)
We hear "Spirit of . . ." often: Spirit of Christmas, Spirit of 1776, Spirit of America, the Olympic Spirit, and others.
While it's hard to define, "spirit of" means attitudes and behaviors consistent with the season or event being described.
The apostle John wrote that a diabolical spirit -- "the spirit of the Antichrist" (1 John 4:3) -- was already at work, empowering those who denied that Jesus Christ had come in the flesh as a human man -- the Son of God and the Son of Man.
The Greek word anti can mean "against" or "in place of." So the spirit of the Antichrist would be any attitude, behavior, or teaching that is blatantly against or subtly counterfeiting the true Christ.
There is no reason to suspect that the spirit of the Antichrist was limited to the first century. Look around today at the number of ways Christ is opposed or misrepresented in our culture.

It is the Christian's responsibility to know Christ and His teaching well enough to immediately recognize "the spirit of the Antichrist."

What will finally destroy us is not communism or fascism, but man acting like God.
Malcolm Muggeridge
This devotional was written by
Dr. David Jeremiah
Turning Point
San Diego, California
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Do You Have NO TIME?

  Those who are over worked, too busy, or have too much to do today: including dads and moms,
professionals and blue collar, rich and poor, and all others who fit this description.

 The Prescription:
Read one Devotional daily as long as you have NO TIME

Directions for Use:
Use only when you have NO TIME for your daily devotional.

Reading this devotional may be helpful to your spiritual growth.
You may develop a thirst for God's Word and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Common side effects are humility, honesty, obedience, joy, and thankfulness.
Some people experience less stress and more peace, which will definitely contribute to their emotional stability.
In some cases, people have become addicted to reading every day.
Do not read for more than seven days straight, unless you experience the symptoms above,
in which case you should consult with God, the Great Physician, immediately.
He will be very pleased to hear from you.
You may have a strong desire to worship Him with praise and glory.

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