2 Corinthians 11:3 Have You Been Led Astray?

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

Deception is something that can be seen nearly every place a person looks or goes. Movies deceive a person into thinking that what they are watching actually happened. Ads are made to make a person think that some item is the best possible to have.

In the process of being deceived, many people are led to do things that go against their basic beliefs.

Paul was concerned that the people might get led astray by deception of Satan, that they would leave their devotion to Christ down the wrong path.

The primary focus of Satan and the world is to get a believer to take his eyes off of Christ, to slow down on his devotion to God. This is often done in a way that uses something that is good or at least sounds good.

Focus upon family or friends will often take one’s focus off of Christ and what God wants him to do. Sometimes a strong focus on ministry can lead a person to do things that God was not leading him in.

Often the deception leads people into accepting ‘little’ sins as acceptable and not really sinful. Letting things occur that slowly pull one’s attention away from God, or things that do not honor God.

Many in the church have fallen into deep sins as acceptable, because of the deception of the world. Things are worded in such a way that sin appears to be good and loving, when it is nothing but death in the end.

In order to keep from being deceived, one needs to keep his focus and devotion upon Christ at all times, staying in God’s word and praying continually.

As a believer, the world is out to get you and stop you from focusing on God. Little things will be put in your way to deceive you and pull you away from Christ. All of these things start with the mind.

Each and everyday take time throughout the day to keep your focus upon God. Spend time in His word and think about it throughout the day. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in all truth.

The more you focus upon God, the less likely it will be that you will be deceived.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that your focus will always be upon God and His word; that you will not be deceived by the enemy; and that your devotion to God will remain pure and strong.

2 Timothy 3:13 A Description Of The World

while evildoers and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13

Over time many people believe that some nations have gotten better in how they do things or think. One group is described as being progressive, in that they are progressing on being better and making life better for people everywhere.

As they are saying things are getting better for people, things also appear to be getting worse. Crime rates continue to go up, while things are supposed to be getting better.

Right after telling Timothy that a believer will be persecuted, Paul tells Timothy that evil and fake people will continue to get worse. They will get worse, because they deceive and are being deceived.

Groups that are saying things are getting better are deceived and being deceived at the same time. When sin is openly allowed and promoted, the world believes that things are getting better. They want people to believe that the more one sins, the better he is.

In many nations around the world, people who are standing up for truth and holiness are being portrayed as evil and haters. The world is deceived into thinking that sin is good and that God is not real. And not only does the world think that way, they also tell others the same.

This deceptive way of thinking is going to get worse and worse. Without God, there is no way that the deceptive ways of the world will improve.

Every believer needs to be alert to the deceptive talk of this world. They do not want to be caught up in the sin and death of this world, but be promoting God’s love and holiness. The believer who does not stay in God’s word, will be deceived into false teachings.

When you hear of teachings by others, you must be quick to check it against God’s word. Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you into His truth and holiness, rather into the deceptive ways of this world.

As you stick close to God, you will begin to recognize the deceptive words of this world and flee from all sin. You will be able to speak God’s truth and be ready for the persecution that will come from the evil doers of this world.

Until the day Jesus returns, things on this earth will not get better. However, with God you will be able to survive and thrive in God’s kingdom and truth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s truth in your life; that God will open your eyes to the deceptive ways of this world; that God will give you strength to withstand the persecution from the world; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

2 Corinthians 11:3 Are You Being Deceived?

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

Magicians work hard on deceiving the audience into thinking something had happened that did not. Their goal is to distract those watching to not really see what is occurring, making it appear as though something else grand had happened.

Those watching a magician are usually very amazed and know that they are being fooled, but love it anyway. However, in life many are being deceived in the same way, but do not even realize it.

Paul was concerned that some in the church were being deceived, just as Eve was, and led astray from their devotion to Christ.

Deception can occur very easily when a person does not really know the truth. There have been many believers who begin looking at the world to understand how it works and thinks.

Suddenly, after a time, they change their ways of thinking, being deceived by the world, and begin to think and act as the world does, while claiming to be a follower of Jesus. The world was able to deceive them into thinking that some sinful activity or thought was acceptable to God and would not be judged as sinful.

Many in the church and churches themselves, have been deceived by the enemy. They have turned their eyes away from God, while claiming to follow Him. They accept and promote things as good that God calls evil.

The only way for believers to keep from being deceived like this, is for them to stay focused upon the truth. Every believer must flee all sin, not even step close to it. They must know God’s word thoroughly and stay in close communication with God. Knowing the truth will set one free from the deception of sin.

You may or may not know if you are being deceived. Take a look at your life and see if there are things in your life that could be or are sinful. Flee those things and get focused back on God.

Immerse yourself in God’s word and prayer. Focus on knowing the truth and the deception will reveal itself. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead you so that you do not get led astray by the deception of this world.

Are you being deceived by this world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit into all truth; that God will open your eyes to the deception of the enemy; that you will focus your life on God’s word; and that you will not be deceived into sinful thoughts or actions.

Job 15:31 What Do You Trust In?

Hands raised to heaven

Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. Job 15:31 

Trusting in something is natural for people. They have to trust in things in order to use them. A person will trust in a chair when he sits down in it that it will not break and will hold him. People trust that other people will drive on their side of the road as they drive down the road. People trust that their boss will give them their paycheck on time.

People put their trust in things every day. How much something is trusted varies from person to person and what they trust is as numerous as the stars in the sky.

In response to Job, Eliphaz states that a person should not be deceived in trusting in something that is worthless. His reasoning is that one will not get anything in return for trusting in it. Although Eliphaz was speaking against Job, thinking Job was being self-righteous and doing wrong, he does speak some truth.

People will trust in things that really do not matter in life. They will trust that their wealth or position will provide for all of their needs. They will trust that their good deeds will cover up what they have done wrong. 

This type of thinking can also occur in the church. Some will trust that their going to church will save them. They trust that all their services of work in the church or financial giving will give them good favor with God. Others will trust that because they believed in Jesus many years ago, that they can live as they want in sin and still get into heaven. Many are trusting in the ways of this world to ‘build’ the church.

Trusting like this will cause a person to end up empty in the end. These things are worthless in light of eternity.

Your first focus and trust must be in God. Trust in salvation by the blood of Jesus is the most important thing to trust in.

The things of this world are temporary and cannot really help you or anyone else in eternity. Do not trust in your retirement or job or others for helping you into eternity. Invest into eternity by following God and doing His will on this earth. Everything else will give you nothing in return.

I pray today that you will trust in God; that you will seek God and His ways in all areas of your life; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will walk in His ways.