I was having a discussion with someone the other day about the anti-Christ. We were wondering who the anti-Christ was, and from where he would come. Is it a person? Is it a force? Is it already here or is it still to come?
Then I thought to myself, I don’t know who the anti-Christ really is, but I know that I have an anti-Christ already living inside of me. It is very powerful. It is very selfish. And it is very anti Christ. Its name is Self.
BUT EVERY SPIRIT THAT DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS IS NOT FROM GOD. THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD IS COMING AND EVEN NOW IS ALREADY IN THE WORLD
(1 John 4:3).
Self is its own entity that runs its own life in me. Self has its own will, its own desires, its own ambitions, its own defense, its own esteem, and its own righteousness. Self does not acknowledge or obey Jesus as Lord. In fact, Self serves as an agent for the father-of-lies to rival Jesus Christ as Lord. Self is anti Christ.
THEN JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, ‘IF ANYONE WOULD COME AFTER ME, HE MUST DENY HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO SAVE HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT, BUT WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR ME WILL FIND IT’
I bless you to understand that the Lord Jesus is the Anti-Self. He has His own Righteousness He would like to establish in your life. He has His own Will for your life. He has His own Defense against the father-of-lies.
THEN JESUS ANSWERED, ‘WILL YOU REALLY LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE FOR ME’
Are you satisfied with the way Self rules your life?
If you are not happy with what Self has done with your life, consider appointing the Lord Jesus as ruler of your life. Then, you will not need your Self-esteem, your Self-righteousness, and your Self defense mechanisms, because you will have Christ.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I invite You to reign in my heart, my thoughts, and the purpose of my life. Disable my Self-righteousness to plant YOUR Righteousness in me. Disqualify my Self-esteem to create YOUR Worthiness in my heart. Disengage my Self-defense to bring about Your Truth, Hope, and Love in my being. Bring me to the place where I will deny the anti-Christ in me, so Your Anti-Self might be formed in me.
Maintain an Awareness
Therefore, do not despair of the evil done against you: the insincerity…the depravity…the immorality. They might have meant evil against you; BUT GOD will cancel the effects of any evil done against you, in the past, in the present, and in the future, if you submit to His discipline.