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We are living in the day of deception

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By Bea Wallen

To deceive is to cover up the truth, the facts, and to make things seem different from the way they really are. To deceive is to send someone in the wrong direction. Even telling only half the truth is a form of deception because it is manipulating things to get your way. Deception is a deliberate plan or attempt to get someone to believe an untruth. God hates deception because he not only stands for truth, he is the embodiment of truth. In John 17:17, Jesus is praying to the Father, and He says. “Your word is truth.” He will never deceive, and his truth will never lead you astray.
We are often deceived when we want to believe what we know we shouldn’t. When our conscience tells us no and our desires tell us yes, we should listen to conscience.
If someone is trying to convince you to do, or believe something that contradicts the Word of God, you can be assured it is wrong.
Proverbs 14:7, “Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
Stay away from deceitful people is you want to keep from being deceived. Be careful not to deceive yourself.
Our hearts and emotions are not a valid basis of truth. Proverbs 28:26 states “He that trusteth in his own fool heart is a fool.” Do not rely on what your heart tells your because it is not reliable. Jeremiah writes in 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it.”
Many people justify things or actions based on their emotions, their feelings, or their experiences.
Only the word of God is a valid foundation for what you believe.
Timothy warned that in the last days men would be “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying the power.” (II Timothy 3:4,5)
Paul warned the Ephesians that some “having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through their ignorance, and blindness, have abandoned themselves to lasciviousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity” (Ephesians 4:18,19)
Paul wrote in Ephesians 5 about all their works of uncleanness and that we should have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. “For it is with shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:12)
Proverbs 28:4 says, “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them” there are only two positions. Either we are praising the wicked who have abandoned God’s laws or we are contending with them.
King David wrote, “You who love the Lord hate evil.” Jesus said in Matthew 12:20 “He who is not with me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
God’s position is very clear. You are “either wheat or tares, sheep or goats, light or darkness, saved or lost.”
Deception is all around us: deception in government, deception in the home, deception is communication, even deception in the churches and spiritual beliefs.
Satan is the master of deception. He may come as an “animal of light” causing people to turn from what is truth by distorting and twisting the Word of God.
Even the devil knows God’s word is true. He quoted scripture to Jesus but twisted it in an attempt to get Jesus to jump from the highest point of the temple. If Satan twisted scripture with the Son of God in an effort to destroy Him, he will twist it with you to destroy you.
Every Bible believing Christian must make an absolute commitment to live by the standards of righteousness as prescribed in the Word of God. We cannot condone what God condemns. Our loyalty is with the Word of God. he expects us to be obedient. “Doers of the word, and not hearers only” James 1:23.
May the joy of the Lord be our strength. From my heart.