Category: spiritual deception


Just a quick post to let you know about the Berean Call Conference that started today. The topics that will be discussed will be extremely important ones because they address  many popular teachings that distort Biblical truth, the nature of God, and the gospel itself!

The topics that will be discussed will show you just how relevant God’s Word is for our day because the “doctrines of demons” that God’s Word warns us about in 1 Timothy 4:1 have now come into many churches these days through things such as Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation classes, and through many other occultic practices. Because the titles of these occultic practices have been cloaked in somewhat Christian terminology when they are presented in many churches, and because some Christians fail to pray for discernment and fail to test things against Scripture and are just not aware of the fact that these practices are occultic in nature, many Christians are now being led away from Biblical truth and into the world of the occult!

Not only will these speakers share important information with you, but also these speakers will encourage you by sharing God’s Word with you. If you haven’t realized it yet, after listening to these speakers you will come to realize the extreme importance of testing the words of every pastor and teacher that you listen to against God’s Word so that you will not be among the many who have been deceived by some of these practices and teachings.

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Even though some of these sessions have already ended, if you click on them you will still be able to listen to the entire presentation for at least the next few days.

Here is the link to the Livestream: https://livestream.com/bereancallconference

As always, please be certain to test everything that you hear each speaker say against Scripture, as well as what each and every pastor and teacher that you listen to every day says. Spiritual deception in the church is growing faster than any of us as Christians ever imagined that it would, and as time goes on things will only be getting worse!

Also, if you decide to check out the websites of the speakers — or any Christian website — I urge you to test everything that you will find there against Scripture, as well, because sadly, many pastors and teachers these days who were once Biblically solid, are slowly beginning to stray from Biblical truth and are now embracing many of the teachings that you will become aware of and warned about in this Conference.

When time allows I hope that you will tune in and listen to these speakers and the very important messages that they will be sharing this weekend.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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INTRODUCTION

If someone asked me to choose just one passage of Scripture from the many favorites that I have, to reflect the main spiritual passion in my heart, it would be…      2 Corinthians 5:11-20. In case you may be wondering why, I will tell you:  Before God opened up my understanding to the ‘good news‘ of the gospel, I tried for many years to earn His acceptance by religious practices and trying to be ‘good enough,’ and I was also filled with an overwhelming and paralyzing fear of death, because of what I was taught growing up as a Catholic. (More on that when I share my testimony).  However, one day when I began to read  the Bible, the truth of God’s Word caused me to question many of the things I had learned in my Catholic doctrine classes, because many of these teachings did not agree with what God’s Word was now saying to me.  As I started to read,  I began to see the depth of His love and mercy that He has towards sinners like me, and God helped me come to understand that Jesus paid my debt to sin in full,  because He died in my place (and yours) on the cross!  (I will go into great detail when I share my testimony in the near future).  Why was it that we, as Catholics, were never told these amazing truths? 

The realization of the depth of the love that God has for me (and you) and the extent He went to, so that (you and) I could become His child and be set free from the control that sin has on me (and all of us),  filled me with His amazing  peace and joy, and gave me the assurance that I would be in heaven  whenever my life would end.  I was filled with an urgency to share the joyous truth that God had revealed to me in His Word with everyone!   And as it says in 2 Corinthians 5, ‘Christ’s love did compel me’ to  reach out to whomever God would bring my way, so they could also hear that they could be reconciled to God, by placing their trust in what Jesus had already done for them, and not in anything they could ever do.

As God’s Word says,  “Make the most of every opportunity,” (Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5) and that I did… The first thing that I was strongly led to do, (which I also mentioned in at least one other introduction)  was to put a tract called,  ‘How A Roman Catholic Can Be Sure Of Heaven’  on every windshield of every car in the parking lot of the Catholic church I used to attend, during the time people were at ‘Mass,’ and finished just as they began to come out of church.

Every stranger who came to my home, every person who helped me when my 1978 Chevy Monza would die out, (and trust me, that happened many times) every opportunity God gave me, I gave each person a tract or Bible, and when there was enough time, I shared my testimony with them, as well. 

When any Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon would come to my door, I saw them as devoted and deceived as I had been, and God filled me with compassion and a deep desire to share His truth with them that He had revealed to me. 

This is equally my  spiritual passion…to share Biblical truth with those who have been spiritually deceived.  It takes a lot of prayer and self-control to stay loving, because it can be very frustrating trying to help them see the truth, and it also means we need to take a lot of time reading and studying  God’s Word, because we can get very confused when they share their beliefs with us, as I found out .  😦  

 We also need to remember it is a spiritual battle, (Ephesians 6:12) and that they have been blinded by Satan, so that they are unable to see the light of the gospel’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) and therefore we must have  a total dependency upon God for wisdom to speak the right words that they need to hear to cause them to think, especially when Jehovah’s Witnesses (and possibly Mormons, as well), are told not to do any ‘independent thinking.’  And when we have said and done all we have been led by God to do, we must release them to God and trust Him to do the work that only He is able to do and not feel that we have failed if they did not respond to the truth we shared with them, because it’s only ‘God who has the power to cause the seeds of truth that He allows us to plant in their hearts, the ability to grow.’  (1 Corinthians 3:7)

God bless you, and thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read my poems.

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the  body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body whether good or bad. Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men.  What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:9-20)

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,”  declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…”  (Isaiah 55:6-12)

“For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  (1 Corinthians 1:18)

“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”  (2 Corinthians 2:15)

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.”                        (2 Corinthians 4:3)

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

“On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.   We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.” (1 Thessalonians 2:4)

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15)

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”  (Colossians 4:5)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”            (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)

“Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  (Matthew 7:13)

“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“Jesus answered,  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father  except through Me.” (John 14:6)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men-.” (1 Timothy 2:5,6)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  (2 Corinthians 7:10)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”                        (2 Corinthians12:9,10)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing  may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

“I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” (Acts 26:20)

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

COMPELLED

The love of Christ should compel us, to reach out to the lost

To share the gospel message, no matter what the cost

To look for every single moment  that we can make His truth be known

And trust by God’s Holy Spirit, His truth they will be shown

We need to speak His Word in love, to expose the lies of men

In spite of past rejection, let’s do it once again

For we should not seek the praise of men, we should desire to please the Lord

The eternal consequences of remaining silent, is a price we can’t afford

People caught up in deception, need to hear the truth God has revealed to you

 and me

For many are headed for destruction, but Christ came to set the captives free

Some blinded by false doctrine, seeking truth but led astray

Need to hear the gospel message, that will give them God’s wisdom and power

 to turn away

Others held captive by their sin, now under its control

Need more than just God’s love, they need His Word to light their darkened path

 and to free their troubled soul

Will you choose to remain silent, or will you let your voice be heard

God will accomplish what He desires, we just need to be faithful to speak His Word

Copyright©2011 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

Picture obtained from Photobucket-‘Polurrian Sunset’ by GLHPhotos

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INTRODUCTION

Not too long ago, a friend had shared with me about two Jehovah’s Witnesses, who now have serious concerns about the teachings of the Watchtower Society.   But in spite of the courage they have in making the decision to leave,  they are also experiencing fear and confusion.   My friend had asked me to pray for them, and later as I thought about what they may possibly be going through as I prayed for them,  this poem began to come together in my mind.

If God leads you to pray for them, your prayers would be greatly appreciated.  I do not, however, feel free to share their names.  God knows who they are, and cares deeply for them, and for all of you who have been mentally, emotionally, and sadly sometimes even physically and sexually abused by religious movements such as the Watchtower Society. 

Any religion that claims they are the only source of truth, or tries to take away your freedom to think and to test what they say in light of Scripture, as God’s Word tells us we are to do, and proclaims doctrines that conflict with or completely contradicts Biblical truth, should be clear warning signs to you that they are presenting a false gospel.  Seek God in His Word, and ask Him to reveal His truth to you, and He will be faithful to do that.

May God reveal His truth to all of you who may unknowingly be trapped in a false religious system.  As He does, I pray God will give you courage so that you would have the strength and determination to leave.  May God lead you out and bring healing to your minds and restore your lives, so that you will bring Him glory and help others who are going through the same emotional pain, anger, and confusion that you are experiencing.

***UPDATE FEBRUARY 6th 2011***For those of you who are either considering joining the Watchtower Society, or who are already involved in it and are beginning to have doubts and questions about their teachings, please don’t ignore your concerns and push them to the back of your mind.  Instead, please read a King James Version of the Bible, and test all things you hear against the truth of God’s Word.  God set forth this practice of testing men’s words against the truth of His Word to protect us from being deceived. 

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”    (Acts 17:11)

Even though you are told as a  Jehovah’s Witness not to question the Governing Body’s teachings, because of your love for Jehovah you need to hold His Word higher than the words of men.  Even though they claim to speak for God,  their words still need to be tested against the truth of God’s Word. Please choose to be the spiritual leader for your family and pray and ask God to show you what the truth is in His Word, to protect you and your loved ones.  If you do, you will save yourself and your loved ones from a lot of heartache and serious mental and emotional confusion. God bless you.

YouTube Channel>>>  Sharing Biblical truth with Jehovah’s Witnesses

Click here for>>> Her website 

4jehovah.org  click here>>> Web site with very important and helpful information

To hear the testimony of a husband and wife, two former Jehovah’s Witnesses for 50 years, please click here>>> Testimony of Rick And Inez Fearon (Their full testimony can be heard at the link below their video)

Rick Fearon’s web site, here>>>Six Screens Of The Watchtower

***UPDATE FEBRUARY 7th 2011 *** >>>Click here for reachouttrust.org <<<An organization that reaches people with Biblical truth.

God bless you, and thank you very much for stopping by to read my poems.

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…”  Romans 1:16 KJV

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”  Galatians 1:8,9 KJV

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  Acts 17:11 KJV

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtity, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”  2 Corinthians 11:3,4,13-15 KJV

“Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye hath delivered: and many such like things do ye.”  Mark 7:13 KJV

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  Colossians 2:8 KJV

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18 KJV

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all…”  1 Timothy 2:5,6 KJV

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”  John 14:6 KJV

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:  yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5: 14-20 KJV

“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 KJV

“But as many have received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believeth on His name.”  John 1:12 KJV

“For ye hath not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”  Romans 8:15 KJV

“And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32 KJV

BREAKING FREE

Bound by fear and the lies of the enemy,

Lord, they need Your mighty power to rush in and set them free,

Reveal Your grace and mercy that You showed for all mankind,

Remove fear and deception, so they may leave it all behind,

Replace them with Your love and truth, as You give them eyes to see,

The beauty of the gospel message, that has the power to set them free,

Remove from their thinking those things not of You,

Replace in their minds only things that are true,

Scriptures to show them the power in Your Word,

Your message of life that they have not heard,

Reveal they are sinners with no hope at all,

But that You provided a Savior and to Him they would call,

Release them from the bondage of lies and control,

As the power of the gospel shatters deception and saves their soul,

Restore them to Yourself when Your truth they would see,

That Jesus took Your wrath upon Himself, and He’s waiting to set them free.

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

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INTRODUCTION

Thoughts for this poem have been in my mind and on my heart for the past few months.  More and more, I am being made aware of just how few preachers are left who present pure Biblical truth.  So many have accepted,  practice, and have even incorporated mystical pagan practices into their services, and are leading their people like sheep to the slaughter!

I have  much more to say, and because all of this has been on my mind for so long, this poem became one of my longest poems ever!  (UPDATE 4/30/12) At the time I wrote this I found out that for some reason there didn’t seem to be enough room on this page to share the rest of my thoughts or to place a picture, so I wrote a separate page.  If you’d like, please click on my page THERE’S A FAMINE IN THE LAND MY THOUGHTS, SCRIPTURES, AND INFORMATION,’ and you can read much more. 

Between this poem and my ‘WATCHMEN ON OUR KNEES’ poem, I think I have expressed all my thoughts and concerns in poem form about false teachings, etc.,–for now– and I have stated the importance of testing the teachings of all people who claim to be speaking the ‘truths and new revelations of God’ against the truth of God’s Word, in my introductions.  I will however, be updating my  ‘THERE’S A FAMINE IN THE LAND…MY THOUGHTS, SCRIPTURES, AND INFORMATION’ page, (when time allows) with new information I will add links to as well as  videos that I will post.  I will also date them, so you know when the information was added.  

One day I was investigating ‘INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER,’  because one of my friends had mentioned she was thinking about getting involved with it, and I wanted to send her some videos to warn her about the unbiblical things that are now happening in that movement.  In doing so,  I unfortunately discovered another ‘revival’ that is taking place in Kansas City,  at ‘World Revival Church.’  Please be in prayer for all the spiritual deception taking place within the church today, and please make sure to take the time to test things in light of Scripture so you will not be led into deception.

 I have more poems I am working on, concerning false teachings in the church, but for now I will now go back to writing poems from a  personal perspective, and other ones as well.  More poems coming soon.

I  hope and pray that the warnings throughout Scripture, and somehow my last two poems as well, will make  you realize the importance of  reading and studying God’s Word more, and that my other poems have in some way  brought encouragement and comfort to you.

Please stay in God’s Word, finding His wisdom, peace, and comfort for all you may be going through in life,  true joy that does not depend upon the circumstances of life,  and truth to protect you from deception!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts. 

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

SOME WARNINGS IN SCRIPTURE TO REVEAL TRUTH TO YOU

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”  (1 Timothy 4:1)

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”                          (2 Timothy 4:3)

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”  (Titus 1:9)

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 “THE DAYS ARE COMING,”  DECLARES THE SOVEREIGN LORD, “WHEN I WILL SEND A FAMINE THROUGH THE LAND–NOT A FAMINE OF FOOD OR A THIRST FOR WATER, BUT A FAMINE OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD.  MEN WILL STAGGER FROM SEA TO SEA AND WANDER FROM NORTH TO EAST, SEARCHING FOR THE WORD OF THE LORD, BUT THEY WILL NOT FIND IT.”  AMOS 8:11,12

THERE’S A FAMINE IN THE LAND

There’s a famine in the land, not just for food that makes one strong and whole,

But for spiritual food that satisfies the hunger, of a lost and empty soul,

Biblical truth is being rewritten, and even replaced with mystical practices of the past,

With a promise to draw us more into His presence,

Giving us an awareness of His presence that is said to last,

God warned us this day would come, when some would turn from His written Word,

And accept ‘doctrines of demons,’

And every flesh-satisfying teaching that could possibly be heard,

Lord, how could so many people, have allowed themselves to become deceived?

How could they ignore Your Words of truth,

Revealed by Your Holy Spirit that they once received?

I know it’s true that those deceived, don’t know they really are,

And I know their choice to hunger for an ‘experience,’

Is why some have drifted out so far,

But why would they run after a counterfeit, after knowing You, the King of Glory?

Unless, of course, many aren’t really Your own, having no true salvation story,

If only they knew that they’re settling, for an empty gold-lined cloud,

Promises of  ‘fire’ and ‘drunken glory,’ all while the demons laugh so loud,

Oh, how many of Your own are crying out, to warn them before it’s too late,

Sadly, many are ignoring Your truth that we share,

And will spend eternity in hell as their fate,

We are labeled as ‘judging,’ and ‘coming against God’s prophets who are anointed,’

Have they forgotten we will be judged by Your Word,

On the judgment day that’s appointed?

Have they forgotten the many warnings, You preserved in Your Word so we’d know,

That the day would come when false prophets and false teachers would arise,

And into deception many would go?

Is this the time that You spoke of, when there would be a famine in the land,

That there would be a famine of hearing the truth of Your Word,

And it would come from Your very own hand?

Is it because many have hungered, for more than Your Words, pure and true?

Is it because many have committed ‘spiritual adultery,’

By accepting pagan practices that lead to a god other than You?

Your Word warns us not to set our hearts on evil that is so deceptive,

Yet in form and beauty disguised,

Still many fall prey to the peace that is promised, 

A dark package of deception and lies,

Your Word records how Your chosen people sought pagan gods,

In spite of seeing You in all Your Glory and power,

And Your Word warns us of false signs and wonders,

That would point to Christ’s return, and earth’s ‘final hour’,

When Jesus spoke of the time He’d return, His first words were, 

“Do not be deceived!” 

A strong warning spoken in love to protect us,

If they would only be remembered and believed,

Lord, speak to those who have ears to hear,

Your Words of truth that will set them free,

And give those who are deceived, spiritual eyes of discernment,

So Your truth they can clearly see…

The matchless power and beauty of the pure and simple gospel,

That transforms and gives true peace and life eternally.

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®.  Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

INTRODUCTION

I was in the process of writing a completely different poem yesterday, Saturday, October 17th 2009, and was trying to write the final verse, when something happened that caused me to write this poem just today, Sunday, October 18th… As I was on my way to work, at a later time than I normally start on a Saturday, I saw a family standing in the lobby of my condo, talking to my neighbor.  I saw an ‘AWAKE’ magazine in the woman’s hand, and knew right away that they were Jehovah’s Witnesses.

On my way to work, I prayed for them, and the many other Jehovah’s Witnesses who faithfully go door to door, hoping to one day be one of the 144,000 whom they are told will be the only ones allowed to enter into the Kingdom.  (Need to correct the previous statement…a former JW told me that what I thought to be true is not accurate.  Will correct when time allows).  My heart went out to them in prayer,  as I saw the children especially, standing there in all their innocence, being led astray.   Their parents, who I am sure have  hearts filled with love for God and a  deep desire to live for Him, have unknowingly been caught in a web of deceit, and sadly were now leading their children down the same path.

 I  prayed for those who were former Jehovah’s Witnesses, left damaged and broken, and not yet knowing the One True Savior who alone can bring hope and healing to their lives.  I also prayed for the ones who thankfully have been set free by His grace, that they would continue to experience His healing in their minds and their lives, and be given God’s wisdom and courage to share their testimonies with friends and family, of how His truth shattered the darkness and deception that had such a tight grip on their minds and lives…for all of them I will continue to pray.

 When I lived in my home, before I had a full time job, I always prayed for God to give me opportunities to witness to people,  and He was faithful to do that.  Even though my heart was moved with compassion towards every person God brought my way, for some reason I found myself having  a stronger compassion for the Jehovah’s Witnesses who came to my home.

I especially remember the married couple who were probably in their 70’s, who came to my home when I was a brand new Christian.. maybe a month in the faith at the most.  They had me completely confused, and with tears in my eyes, I confessed that I didn’t know my Bible enough to show them the truth, but that I believed that Jesus is God, and that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works.  I asked them if I could pray with them before they left, and they let me.  I asked God to bless them and show them the truth of who Jesus is, and that He would reveal the truth to them that I was not able to show them.

 God used them to put a strong desire in my heart, to search the Scriptures and to ‘do my best to present myself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the word of truth. ‘  (2 Timothy 2:15)  God also used them to make me realize that I needed to ‘always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks me to give the reason for the hope that I have, but that I would do this with gentleness and respect…’  (1 Peter 3:15)

After that incident, before I let any Jehovah’s Witnesses back into my home, I took a year or more to study Scripture, so I could show them the verses that showed them Jesus is God… (John 14:9) (John 1:1)  (Hebrews 1:1-13) (Colossians 1:15-20), and that Jesus claimed to be God, (John 10:30-33) and that salvation is a gift and we can’t earn it, (Titus 3:4-7) (Ephesians 2:8,9) because God’s Word says ‘all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.’ (Isaiah 64:6)

Seeing them as I went to work, caused me to realize the importance for all who claim to be Christians, to take the time to not only study God’s Word, but also to share it with those who, through no fault of their own, have been deceived and held captive.

I pray God will use this poem to fill the hearts of many with a compassion for all Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others like them, so that when they come to our doors, we will pray and be prepared to reach out to them with His love and His truth that has the power to set them free.

Below are videos with valuable information to help these precious people see the truth in God’s Word.  I pray many of you who are ‘born of the Spirit of God’ will take the time to watch and learn how to share the truth in love with these sincere, but sincerely deceived precious people.  The next time they come to your door, please consider inviting them in and at least share how you came to know the truth presented in God’s Word that opened your eyes to see the ‘good news’ of the gospel.  Pray for their eyes and minds to be opened by God’s Holy Spirit before you speak, and trust God to work in their hearts as only He can help them to know the truth that can set them free.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

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Here’s the link to Christy’s web site: WITNESSES FOR JESUS

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SILENT CRIES

Deceived but led right to your door,

Can you share the truth with them that they are really searching for?

You claim to know Him and His Word,

The Truth that they have never heard,

They are told not to question their doctrines, and even not to think,

So into the depths of darkness and deception they continue to sink,

There they stand a husband and wife,

They’ve been going door to door many years of their lives,

Children destined for a future of gloom and despair,

Won’t you open your door, and show them that you care?

Oh son and daughter of the Risen King,

On Sunday your praises to Him you do sing,

Can you just ignore them when they come by?

Can’t you hear their silent but desperate cry?

A knock at your door, an ‘AWAKE’ magazine in hand,

There on your porch they continue to stand,

Will you take the time to listen and guide,

With God’s Word and His Spirit right at your side?

Can you give them His Word to plant truth in their mind?

To shatter their darkness, and open eyes that are blind?

Can you share the hope that you have found,

A gospel of grace, and not by works, that is Biblically sound?

Can you walk them down the ‘Romans Path,’

To reveal the truth of God’s mercy as well as His soon coming wrath?

Can you show them in Scripture, Jesus is the only true way?

That He’s God in the flesh, and our debt to sin He did pay?

Study God’s Word, so His truth you can share,

Treat them with kindness, and keep them in prayer,

Be patient and loving, and pray one day they will see,

God’s Truth exposing their deception, and setting them free.

Copyright© 2009  Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved. Written Sunday October 18, 2009

Picture Obtained From Photobucket   Heaven-13-2

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible New International Version® Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.