NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
Avoiding Deception and Apostacy April 25,2021
We are in a special season in the earth.
Be mindful of what time it is.
God has future plans for the people of God.
He has an “expected end” for us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Eye has not seen nor ear heard what the Lord has prepared for his children in this life. (1 Corinthians 2:9) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
His peace will keep our hearts and minds in the Lord!
Circumstances can be a deterrent to our peace.
He is Jehovah Shalom, the God of Peace.
Sound doctrine and dependance on God will carry us through,
Deceptions in the world today are even affecting the people of God - We can be deceived as well as the unsaved.
Except the lord shorten the days, no flesh would live and even the elect would be deceived if it were possible (Mark 13:20) (ASV) And except the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he chose, he shortened the days.
It is a challenge to have discernment to know what is real and what is not real; to know what is of man and what is of God. Those who have a keen ear hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches.
Eve had understanding of what not to do
The enemy challenged her knowledge – “hath God said?” in other words, “do you believe He really meant it the way he said it?”
Know that the Holy Spirit in you leads you into all truth
Deception: pleasant to the eyes, good for food, desired to make one wise
(*Thought here – the devil caters to our desires and lusts. “ Look at the tree.” I am reminded of God’s instruction to Jehoshaphat when the evil king shut up the city and taunted him. “Do not argue with him.”)
1John2 Love not the world”
We have a choice – Love God or love this world’s system
Satan seeks to draw you into the mindset of being your own God. religion, etc. enticing believers away from God
Attacks and bombarding events like never before – spirit of tolerance, acceptance, compromise
Gen 3: Verse 5 God doth know that in the day you eat you shall be as God, knowing good and evil
An increase in false religions around thousands of years being your own God
New Age teachings, ancestral worship, Buddhism, etc.
Manifesting glory and power outside of a relationship with God
Evolution seeks to eliminate the existence of God in creation, thus eliminating their accountability to God in the end
There is the idea that man will evolve into God
Science, technology, artificial intelligence make man his own God.
Lies the devil tells you:
“You can make it in the world, be successful and have a better life outside of God.”
If you limit yourself to what God says, you limit your full potential
Knowledge increases, speed is increasing, etc, - confirmation of God’s word
Many fail because of trying to deal with issues outside of recognition that God is real.
*Man attempts to make God in man’s image. Man tries to have final authority over his life and what happens in the earth.
Genesis 3 – the eyes of them both were opened and they knew they were naked. They heard God walking and hid themselves
God said, ‘hast thou eaten of the tree?”
Shekinah glory had covered them since the beginning.
This had been the “dispensation of innocence” with covenant intimate relationship with God
Adam had intelligence beyond any other he named all of God’s creation.
Now mankind only operates with 5% of his brainpower.
After the fall of sin, the covering/glory was lifted off/away from Adam and Eve.
They had to establish their own way to cover themselves. They were exposed to all weapons of the enemy
Now they are exposed to all weapons of the enemy with no defense against him. .
Even now he has to produce something to cover himself: he still thinks he needs to produce a sense of value outside of God.
Separation from God:
God placed them outside of the garden to avoid partaking of the tree of life and living forever in this sinful condition.
God is merciful, but also a God of judgment. Now God sends Jesus to die for them
God gives us the power to choose! Adam and Eve chose disobedience.
“Whosoever will let him come”
When they disobeyed God they became submissive to the will of Satan.
Romans 5 by one man sin entered into the world and by one man’s obedience
Romans 5:12 KJV - Wherefore, as by one man sin entered - Bible Gateway. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Everything Adam had had become under Satan
2Cor 4 God of this world, prince of the power of the air
Earthly creations, Jesus came to restore, to seek and save that which was lost
Came to redeem man to true relationship that they had with God in the garden
“Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin,” (Heb 9:22)
God could have shed their blood but had mercy
He shed the blood of animals for them. Also made animal skins for covering.
You shall be as God
Many are drawn away from their steadfastness in the Word seeking Self improvement, modernism, covetousness
Jesus said “I came that you might have life and life abundantly”. Walk in fulness
(John 10:10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Seek first the kingdom of God
He provides all our needs according to His riches in glory
The spirit of compromise is trying to destroy our life in the kingdom (*as newborn babes. desire the sincere milk of the Word!)
Apostacy – willfully turning away and rejecting knowledge, the truth of God’s word
Being satisfied with their personal agenda but happiness is a result of our holiness
Deceptions come like the enemy came to Adam and Eve. They are based on natural sight.
We must know who Jesus is and why we are in the world. Who He called us to be – salt and light in the earth
God increased miracle-working authority in this world.
There will be no doubt as to who the true and living God is. Habakkuk 2:19 earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
God has to hold true to His word.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, He cannot lie nor the son of man that he should repent.
Look at the word, set affections on things above, look at things not seen, do not allow problems to become greater than God’s promises.
God did not create the tree to make Eve wise.
Know the word of God.
Psalm 1:1,2 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Present our bodies a living sacrifice, be transformed by the word of God, seek wisdom as to how to walk with Him.
The Spirit of God confirms the word of God
Adam and Eve left the dispensation of innocence and entered the dispensation of conscience where man says “whatever you feel is right.” He disrespects anything about God.
Ie: gender - Man decides his own gender even in young children
There is an increase in the spirit of antichrist. Replacing God’s word and substituting with doctrines of devils
“Perilous times shall come” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
“All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 Unfortunately, believers often agree or remain silent . We must stand for the truth. Those who live godly shall suffer persecution. Give them the truth anyway.
2Timothy 3:10-12 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Warnings of Paul:
2 Tim 4, Rev 2 the church of Pergamos
Doctrines of Balaam – false prophet sold his service to a heathen King
Rejected the offer to speak a curse over Israel at first. More prestige and wealth enticed him. Monetary gain entices to lead away from God
Corrupt leaders in the world and in Christendom drawing into covetousness and self worth
Jesus says you must deny yourself to follow Him. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
Jude warns of false teachers and urges us to contend for the faith.
Jude 1:3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Hold fast to the doctrine of truth.
The Modern day churches are like Pergamos – they believe you can be saved, in fornication and still be in right standing with God.
When deciding what is acceptable, there is a way that seems right. God weighs the spirit. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Realize that we must give an account!
2Tim 4:1,2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
This world is coming to an end. We will be judged at His appearing;
Love the lost. Occupy until He comes
Preach the word, the world is turning away from the truth and turned into fables
We must make our calling and election sure.
Know that you know. Hunger after righteousness!
Our prayer lives are our only real defense against Satan’s bombardments.
Stay in the presence of the Lord. Keep yourself built up in the truth. Many are falling away.
“who hath hindered you?”
The Galatian church; Galatians 5:7-9
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump
Have a hunger for righteousness
Be filled with the spirit of God and the word of God, praying the Holy Ghost.
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small ( Proverbs 24:10)
Man’s love waxes cold
Keep a love for the lost
Loyalty abiding? Do not worry, His grace is sufficient, we must humble ourselves
Find a place and a time and a people to pray with
Matt 18:19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven.
Josh 23;10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.)
Deuteronomy 32:30 30How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up
Keep ourselves prayed up, keep our minds on the word. Pray in the Spirit in tongues.
Romans 8 the spirit helpeth our infirmities.
Holy Spirit will direct what to say, what to do.
Holy Spirit will pray us through, praying according to the perfect will of God, praying in the Holy Ghost.
Do not allow, cast out the compromising spirit of apostacy
Stand with the whole armor of God. War for the should who don’t know Good.
BE intentional BE found faithful
Will He find faith in the earth, faith in you?
He is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Him.
“I am the First and the Last.” (Jesus)
John 10:17,18 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up
John 5:24 as the Father, the son quickeneth whom He will
Jesus is the one who judges
Heb 9:27 it is appointed to every man once to die but after this the judgement
1 Corinthians 15:51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed
Those that believe in the Lord will be caught up! The Father judges no man but he who has not the Son is condemned
Salvation by none other, only one path! One name given among men
No other religion, philosophy or way of life
Except you repent you shall all likewise perish
Acts 4:12 KJV: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
no other name given
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. New King James Version. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Verse here – He that heareth my word and believeth on Him who sent me.
pg 2 notes
Ephes 2 dead in trespasses and sin, no longer dead, but alive
Verse 25 the hour is coming when the dead shall hear the dead shall hear the voice of the son
The Father has given Him life and all in the graves shall hear his voice and come forth to the resurrection of life or resurrection of damnation
Life – judgement seat for rewards, every one give an account of the commission given us
Things he called us to do, rewarded for our faithfulness
Damnation – great white throne resurrection of the wicked, those whose names are not written in the lamb’s book of life will be damned
Pg. 3 notes
2 major judgements: judgment seat of ‘Christ for believers, great white throne judgement for the wicked
7 judgments in all
1) judgment for our sin: Always through Jesus
Sin debt – He casts our sin as far as the east is from the west
Our sins have been judged
John 3 those not repentant will still be tests? they that believeth not are condemned spirit of Christ Jesus made us free from the law of sin and death
Sin shall not already
Light … men love darkness rather than light. he that doeth truth comes to the light
There is therefore now no condemnation…
The spirit of Christ Jesus made us free from the law of sin and death
Sin shall have no dominion over you
You have power to resist the devil
Every tongue that shall rise up against you …
We are delivered from the power, penalty and presence of sin.
2) self-judgment - we judge ourselves that we be not judged with the world
Convicting power of the Holy Spirit
The Holy spirit reproves the world of sin, righteousness and judgement, shows us what is wrong and how to do right.
The consequences of wrong doing, power to live pleasing to God
3) judgment seat of ‘Christ for believers
Romans 14 beama seat
Like unto the race – laurel wreath – crown to the winner of the race
The race is not given to the swift but to those who endure
*lay aside every weight that doth beset us!
Distractions to get us off track
We are in the last lap of this marathon
When you are in a marathon there is a burst of energy as you see the finish line
Pg 5 notes
Keep joy, you can make it
Press on. Don’t look behind, keep looking forward
5 crowns at the judgement seat
Great white throne judgment
into damnation Rev 20
Maintain your salvation
Many are losing focus forgetting our eternal hope
Jesus is coming again to receive us
1Corinthians15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Revelation 20:6 blessed and holy is he who has part in the 1st resurrection
We are priests of God and of Christ
Reign with God for a thousand years!
(Rapture, the catching away of the saints)
2nd death = is you’re born once you can die twice. If you’re born twice, you only die once!
Pg 6 notes
The 1st resurrection
He is coming again!
1Thes 4:13-18 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the LORD's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the LORD, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the LORD himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Sorrow not as others if you believe. If they died in the Lord, they are where you want to go
They are hoping you make it to be with them. They finished their work.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
When a person’s spirit and soul leave the body,, it is dead, - just like faith without works is dead)
While Jesus hung on the cross, He said to the thief beside him, “This day shall you be with me in paradise”
2Cor 12 – Paul speaks of the 3re heaven
Paradise was transferred from the lower part of earth,
Sheol Hades, to heaven
He brought spirits and souls with him after death
We which are alive and remain shall not prevent them which are asleep
The bodies come forth first, reconnect with spirit and soul and they are caught up after their bodies reconnect
Pg 7 notes
The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout and the voice of the trumpet
We shall be caught up together with Him in the cloud
Not physically coming to the earth yet
2Cor 15 mortal bodies will be change in the twinkling of an eye, in a moment- less than a spilt second
2Cor 5:1 our earthly house of this tabernacle dissolved body will connect aacl woth the spirit
Building of God…eternal in the heavens mortal take on immortality, corruption take on incorruption
Earnestly desiring to be clothed upon in immortality
Be always confident, knowing that…walk by faith, not by sight
Philippians 1:23-24 23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
We will receive a glorious body.
We will be able to recognize one another
Matthew 16:19 Elijah and Moses on the Mount of transfiguration with Jesus and Peter
Peter, James and John recognized them.
Peter wanted to erect a monument to them but God said, No. Jesus is His beloved son. Jesus is
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Phil 3:17 enemies of Christ
3:20 our conversation (citizenship) in heaven glorified body
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Now we are the sons of God. We shall be like Him…
There is great glory in the presence of God and we will need to have a glorified body to stand the great power
Transfers from earth to the 3rd heaven beyond the 2nd heaven where “space” is
The throne of heaven is in the 3rd heaven
Pg 9 notes
Some people want to know if we will be able to eat in heaven.
There will be 12 manner of fruit on one single tree
We have a glorious future
We will be rewarded for faithfulness
Hold and maintain faithfulness, rejoice in the Lord always
There is a place prepared for you, truth and the life,
You shall be like Him
Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself
Keep your mind on the Lord
Be faithful and don’t let things of the world overtake you.
He is the truth and the life
He is a blessing to the righteous people and judge to the wicked not written in the Lamb’s book of life
Pg 10 notes
Revelation 20:11 Matt 5 – judgement of the nations
We will Judge angels
Encouragement to reach the lost
Great white throne
Book of life
Whoever is not found in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire!
Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish
Every deed, act, opportunity to get saved\books will be opened as everything is recorded
Open and naked with whom we have to do
Must have an urgency in our hearts concerning the lost
Broad is the road to destruction, stay on the narrow road
We cannot be in fear or intimidated
We must warn the lost
Jesus is the way, the resurrection
There is 1,000 year difference bet between the 2 resurrections
We must understand the times
The resurrection is the foundation of God’s message. 7 days before before the cross was the most meaningful period in the history of mankind.
God’s relationship with mankind.
The seed of a woman
Prophecy of what Jesus would do!
He came to restore what was lost!
From Genesis to Revelation tells of God’s relationship with mankind.
What the resurrection means and how it affects our lives.
Because of the resurrection, God dwells in us and He is our life!
Revelation 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
All other kinds of religion today are all dead: Buddha, Muhammad, etc. Our God is Alive!
Jesus prophesied his own death, declared, confirmed his Godhead and power over death.
Jesus had power to raise the dead AND power over death! ie: raising the widow’s son from the dead,
Elijah and Elisha both raised people from the dead, but Jesus was the first to have power over death.
“I lay down my life and take it up again” All power had been given to him.
MATTHEW 28:18 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth
He took on human flesh for the purpose of death. 14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Romans 1: 4 He was declared to be the son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
The power of the resurrection - He rose with all power
Not just a physical death, but warfare in the lower parts of the earth
He paraded dragging along the conquered king - Colossians – made an open show, proving of the devil his authority Colossians 2:15 KJV: And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
When He led captivity captive
Had a processional through the city
An open show of authority when He took the keys and declared all power
Every power, every name, every domain come under the lordship of Jesus Christ
We rejoice in recognizing the power we have been given
1Cor 15 If there is no resurrection, the Hope we receive because of the resurrection
The Pharisees believed in the resurrection, Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection
(A way to remember, - “they were sad you see”),
You are a spirit and you exist forever
External is determined by what you believe, no man comes to the father but by me” There is no other way to the Father.
Acts 4:12 There is only one name (no other name) under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved”
There are 2 destinations, Hebrews 9:27 once to die but after this the judgment
The judgment seat to be rewarded or the great white throne judgment
We rise into life or to damnation – the decision you make determines where you will be judged!
Revelation 20 the 2nd death
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen and our faith is vain
If Jesus did not rise, you are still in your sin and there is no hope,
We are coming to the end of the age!
Signs of the times – pestilence, wars, rumors or wars, ethnos, racial contention, famines, 8 billion people on earth, depopulation process, control, plans to eliminate 3 billion people on earth saying that earth will not be able to sustain them
Famine: God has provided, however there is a spirit of greed and mismanagement, the monopolizing of sufficiency of everything God makes
Squirrels, birds and all creatures are all provided for.
There is sufficiency for all God creates in the earth
Storms, catastrophic weather patterns are on the increase with greater intensity and consistency!
1Cor. 15 our preaching is in vain if not in Christ – if Christ be not risen, our faith is vain.
Romans 10:9,10 - believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that God has raised him from the dead.
You were saved because you believe on Him!
Verse 19 - If in this life only we have hope… you have been wasting time resisting sin, etc. and going through religious activity in vain.
There is a judgement. We have a great hope because of the resurrection.
The devil has a perversion and distraction against everything God has done.
ie; “Christian” celebrations. Easter and Christmas.
The heathen religion of Babylon - Ister, Babylonian goddess of fertility, thus the origin of the “easter bunny”.
We want to know the truth, based on the word of the living God.
John 20 – we have the hope of the resurrection!
There is a reward for obedience. Obedience to do what He has given us to do.
He has commanded us to be good stewards of what he has allowed us to handle.
Obedience – Phil 2 for the joy that was set before him… let this mind be in you,
Obedience to the Father to bring great reward
Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." “Nevertheless, let your will be done Luke 22:42
Glorify me with the glory I had before
The word was God and became flesh
The Father, The Word and The Holy Ghost John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Jesus endured the cross and is now seated in heaven
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him…
What the future holds for us: we will be changed, raptured in an instant
1Cor 15:5 “Behold I show you a mystery” a mystery is something not yet revealed - revealed when a veil is removed
Our mortal bodies will be changed. We shall not all sleep.
1Cor 4:15 – 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Death is swallowed up in victory
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
There is great reward. He is coming again.
1Thess 2:13 looking for that blessed hope…and glorious appearing of our saviour…
John 14:3 “ And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Jesus said…”I go away that where I go you may be also.”
When we see all these signs of the times begin to happen, look up, your redemption draweth nigh.
These foundational truths of the Bible point us to see what is in store for us. What will we do with this in mind? Will we look up?
After the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples stood looking up into heaven.
Acts 1:11 “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” King James Version (KJV)
There is power in the resurrection – it confirmed His authority.
There is great hope here. We go from life to life everlasting.
He rose and we will rise also!