No one can think they are well when they’re with the devil, yet many say they are well. Still, others say they are doing well because, in the beginning, some of the areas in their lives are moving forward. The truth is that sooner or later destruction will come.
The devil works with deception. Apparently, the person begins well, but ends in tragedy. For example, a boyfriend is head over heals in love with his girlfriend in the beginning of the relationship, but overtime come the arguments, verbal abuse, and in many cases, the death of one or the other. To be blunt: it begins with a kiss, and ends with a fight.
The beginning of a life with God certainly isn’t good. Everyone comes to Church with problems in their life. A marriage in ruins, addictions, incurable diseases, poverty, family problems, etc. Some people are even afraid of dying because they are not sure where they’ll go. Yet others listen to the devil’s suggestion of suicide and bow to his voice without knowing they’ll be going to hell.
But when these people come to Church and act by faith, surrendering their life on the Altar as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, like this passage says:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12.1
Life begins to change. Suffering comes to an end.
To be blunt: The person is at rock bottom when he comes to the presence of God, but today he is well.
Now, when a person decides to leave the Altar, it is certainly because the devil is deceiving him again with a false life. He will apparently begin well, but end in a greater tragedy than in the beginning. And, in many of these cases, there wont be enough time to return to God. The Altar is there. The gate is narrow, but it is open.
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Luke 13.24