Spirit of Antichrist

But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; You have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now. 1 John 4:3 HCSB

The Holy Spirit lives within all believers and helps to show us the way to keep from yielding to the evil one. There have been times in my life when I have been tempted and have felt the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart to help me know what I should do to escape the temptation.

The spirit of the antichrist in contrast to the Holy Spirit epitomizes all that is evil in the world today. He appears to be good and may even appear to be like Christ, but he is deceiving and only brings pain and suffering. The Devil is the influence behind the antichrist. Jesus called the Devil a liar and the father of liars (John 8:44). The antichrist is readily received by an evil world and is even glorified.

Challenge: Beware, the spirit of the antichrist is all around you. The Devil is constantly working to deceive you and prevent you from doing what will bring honor and glory to God and Jesus Christ. Pray for strength and discernment as you approach each day. Ask for God to protect you from the evil one and guide you as you seek to serve Christ and do what would be pleasing to Him.

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