THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
“But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.”
1 John 4:3 (NLT2)
During World War II, during the Battle of the Bulge, there was a group of German soldiers who dressed themselves in the uniforms of the Allies. These German soldiers used American military vehicles and went through the German countryside changing the road signs. When the American troops came to the various crossroads, they were often fooled and led off in the wrong direction. This deception by the Germans almost gave them the victory in this very decisive battle from the second world war. (Ajai Prakash)
Much like the Battle of the Bulge, Satan is trying to change road signs in our life to get us going in the wrong direction. 1 John 4:3 calls this “the spirit of the Antichrist.” The “spirit of the Antichrist” is anyone or anything that is against Jesus. John wanted to warn his readers that this mentality was active in the world and they needed to guard against it. Jesus taught that He was the only way to heaven. Anyone who teaches that there are lots of ways to heaven is being led by the spirit of the antichrist. Anyone who contradicts any of the things Jesus clearly taught is being led by the spirit of the antichrist.
God has some clear goals for each of our lives. Satan is called “the father of lies.” Satan and the Spirit of the antichrist are constantly working to deceive us about what’s best for us. Have you sensed a spiritual battle lately in your own life? Ask God to help you recognize anyone or anything that would pull you or the people you love away from Jesus.