Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, `I am he,’ and, `The time is near.’ Do not follow them.
(Luke 21:8 (NIV))
Do you know when you are being deceived?
In this day and time, when it is politically correct to “accept” whatever is different, too many people are being deceived. These deceptions come in many disguises, but they can all be quickly uncovered by one simple test. If they fail this test, then they are lies. They are fabrications of the enemy designed to deceive the very elect.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
(Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV))
Test everything against God’s Word. In order to test against God’s word, we must know God’s Word. That does not simply mean that we know where to look in the table of contents when someone references a scripture verse. It means that we must know God’s Word. We must love God’s Word.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV))
We must fully embrace and welcome God’s word. We must make it a living part of our daily lives so that when we need to test something against God’s Word, we will be able to do so within our hearts.
When Jesus spoke these words that were recorded in Luke, only the synagogues had the scriptures, yet people knew God’s Word. They studied it. They reflected upon it. They discussed it openly with each other. Today, we have more printed copies of God’s Word than at any other time in history, yet, we seem to have lost the passion for study. We seem to have lost the passion for discussing openly with each other exactly what God has done in our lives., We have lost the passion for the promises that God has blessed us with, both those that have been fulfilled and those yet to be fulfilled.
If you see something online and order it, you can be deceived and lose your money. You can be deceived and have your identity stolen. You can be deceived and lose a trusted friend. You can be deceived. Ironically, we think that we know how to avoid deception in our daily lives, yet it happens all the time. We read about how to make ourselves secure against the deception, yet it still happens.
How can we, the Body Of Christ, avoid deception if we do not know God’s Word? We must spend time daily within the Word of Life. We must know what it says and we must not be tricked into believing misquoted passages. We must not accept lies because it is politically correct to be tolerant of sin.
Each day that I see things happening in this world, I pause and ask myself if the events that I see unfolding could be how God is unfolding a certain part of His plan. I can’t say with clarity, for I know that my vision is as I am looking through a dark glass, yet, I do know one thing as I look through that dark glass. There is not a glass dark enough to hide the light. You can still see the light. You may not be able to see the details, but the light makes a difference. There is also not a deception big enough to hide the Light of Jesus. If you know to look, it is there. It will shine brighter and bolder than anything this world has ever known.
It is my prayer that no one will be deceived. It is my prayer that all will know God and His Word so well that even if we are completely blinded, His Light will shine in our hearts and guide us so that we will know the truth.