DECEPTION IS EVERYWHERE
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,”
1 Timothy 4:1-2
In today’s society, Christians are warned about the proliferation of false teachers teaching untruth that will eventually lead us away from God’s word. God’s word is Truth. It should be the highest source of guidance in our life. However, because of the reckless lives that people lead in today’s generation, we are influenced to live out what we feel is right – not what the bible says.
According to Jesus, “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.“(Matthew 4:4). Jesus Himself clearly stated that believers should focus on living and building lives based on His very words. Unfortunately, we often choose comfort that will eventually lead to a compromise in our faith.
Spiritual warfare in the Christian’s life is real: it comes in the form of subtle deception. It comes in several forms of enticing “treats’ that lure us away from the true Source of life. It is only by God’s word that we can be equipped and protected with His full armor and be confident that He has already won the victory. We need to know that we will never be defeated in this battle (2 Corinthians 10:3-6) when we are aligned to the Lord.
Without God’s armor, we can easily and unconsciously buy into so many other unbiblical schools of thought or doctrine – especially when such are designed to tickle our ears or affirm a lifestyle we want to keep.
If we are not watchful and discerning, we will eventually find ourselves lost, forsaking the faith we once cherished. Matthew 24:24 says, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” – that is how deceptive our adversary, Satan is.
With this warning, however, is a promise that God will never leave us nor forsake us, and His words should light our paths (Psalms 119:105). Have you checked what you listen to and believe in? Are you diligently testing all things against God’s Word and diligently studying it? Let us be like the Bereans in Acts 17, checking everything that the Apostle Paul taught against the scriptures.
Ask yourself today: am I deceived by certain deceptions that I’ve allowed to remain in my life? Are there lies that I still believe in order to cover my sinful ways? Ask God to check your heart and mind to point any areas of your life that need the light of God’s grace.