“Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come.” 1 John 2:18 (NLT)
To impact our world for Christ we must be aware of the Antichrist. In 1 John 4:3, the Apostle John calls this the spirit of the Antichrist. This is an evil spirit of deception that is hard at work in our world. The Antichrist spirit denies and lies against key truths. It says there is no God, denies the virgin birth, denies Jesus is God, denies that Jesus is the Messiah, denies the resurrection of our Lord and denies the Bible as God's authoritative Word.
Although this spirit is working against us, we can learn to overcome it and advance God’s truth everywhere. For instance, our public schools and universities have opened the door wide to the Antichrist spirit. Once we recognize the schemes of this spirit and the influence it tries to gain over the atmosphere we can overpower it.
In prayer I received a picture of students taking authority over the Antichrist spirit each time they walked into a classroom by quietly commanding, “Antichrist spirit, go in Jesus’ name.” I shared this strategy with a group of students and encouraged them to take their authority in Christ The next week one of my students attending University of Michigan told me this incredible story.
She was taking an American literature course which was a three hour class once a week. The teacher was unceasingly antagonistic against the Bible and the Christian faith. The subject came up often because American literature is so full of Judeo-Christian influence. He often took advance to create a feeding frenzy in class.
As this class began, the subject of Christianity came up in the subject matter they we studying. As the professor began his rant against the Christian faith, this student thought, “Oh no, I have to sit through another three hours of this!” Then she remembered my challenge. She knew this was the Antichrist spirit taking control in the class. Instead of allowing this evil spirit freedom, she decided to take control. She quietly commanded the Antichrist spirit to go from the classroom in the name of Jesus.
Just a moment after her command, a student looked at her and said, “What we're studying in so full of the bible and most of us don’t understand it. I know you’re a Christian, I’m not saying I want to become one, but could you help us understand the Bible better so we can understand this author?
In an instant the whole atmosphere of the class changed. For the next three hours, this student, along with two other Christians in the class answered questions and were able to give a bold witness of Christ and share the gospel. The usual twenty minute break in the middle of class came and went unnoticed. Not one student left the classroom for the full three hours! These faithful students were able to flood the atmosphere of a U of M classroom with The Spirit of Truth after taking authority over a spirit of lies.
To advance God’s kingdom we must engage the enemy with the authority granted us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Whether in a classroom, meeting or anywhere, you have the power of God to transform the atmosphere by binding the spirit at work in the children of disobedience and losing the Spirit of Truth.
Don’t forget, have fun messing up the enemies plans.
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