Joshua 9:14 Not Asking For God’s Advice

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The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Joshua 9:14 

Deception can happen very easily if one is not careful. The world loves to deceive people into thinking things that are not true. Every day people are deceived into thinking that someone else has something good for them, that they need it, but what they get is false and not really what was proclaimed.

Phone calls are made daily to people proclaiming to be someone important and that the person called needs to quickly make a payment or there will be major problems. Many of these phone calls are false people seeking banking information to steal some money.

As the Israelites were traveling in the new land, some people came up to them claiming to be from a country far away and wanted to make a treaty with them. God had already told the Israelites to not make a treaty with anyone. The Israelites looked into the story of these people on their own and believed them. They did not seek God’s advice on the situation and made a treaty with the people.

Shortly after, they found out the people were Gibeonites from a nearby city. It was too late and they were unable to break their treaty with the people, they had been deceived and had disobeyed God.

It is common for believers to be deceived into believing someone without checking with God. They look at some new doctrine and it looks and sounds good on the surface, but underneath is a lie and not of God. Instead of seeking God’s direction, they choose to follow this new doctrine and are deceived into sin.

God always knows the true story of a situation or people. He cannot be deceived as people can be.

There will be times when you will be faced with a choice to make that is for a new path in life. Instead of just following your own thoughts, take time to seek God about the choice to be made. God knows the best path for you to take.

With God’s Holy Spirit and guidance, He can open your eyes to the false deception of this world. The world is led by Satan, the master deceiver. He has been practicing deception for thousands of years. Do not allow yourself to be deceived into lies and sin.

Seek God first and follow His ways in this world.

I pray today that God will show you the truth in life; that you will know God’s ways; that you will seek God for every decision to be made; and that God will keep you from being deceived by this world.

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Colossians 2:8 Don’t Be Deceived

 

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See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8

Deception is something that is very common in this world. A person cannot go anywhere or listen to anything without hearing some deception.

Advertisements abound stating that one needs to have a given item, that if one does not have it, he is missing out on something. Nearly one-hundred percent of those items a person can live without and still have a great life. People are being deceived.

The world thinks that they know what is best for a person and so they come up with philosophies that will make that happen. Sin can be made to look good and God’s word, many times, has been made to look bad. Often the bible is looked at as an outdated piece of material that should not be followed or believed in.

Believers are made out to be haters because they speak out against sinful lifestyles and beliefs. They are made out to be cruel when they speak out saying that there is only one way to God.

Some of this deception has crept into the church. Believers have been taken captive into believing the ways of this world. There are believers and entire churches that have been deceived into believing and preaching that certain sins are acceptable to God. That a person can live in sin and still be a believer in Jesus. That a person can believe in Jesus, while believing in other false gods, such as Allah or Buddha. These are false and hollow philosophies of this world.

Every believer needs to get his philosophy in this life from God and His word. He has to keep his spiritual eyes on God, so that he is not deceived into believing the lies of this world.

Keep yourself in God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. As you focus on God and His word, you will not be taken captive into believing the false teachings of this world. You will be able to see through the lies and deception of this world.

Rely upon the teachings of God in His word for your world-view and philosophy. God’s word is true and not hollow. It is what is best for you and the rest of this world.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will hear God’s Spirit speaking and guiding you; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; and that you will rely on God’s word for guidance in how to live. 

Obadiah 1:3 Deceived By Pride

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3

Edom was the nation that was started by Esau, brother of Jacob, who was the father of Israel. While Israel was traveling through the wilderness, the nation of Edom refused to let them travel through their land. Edom thought that they were all powerful and were the best. They felt that there was nothing that could be done to them. They were filled with extreme pride and God was beginning to challenge that pride.

Pride is something that can show up in a person’s life very easily. When things are accomplished and things look good for a person, usually pride shows up. The greater the success, the higher the level of pride of the heart can be.

Many great nations, such as Rome, had once thought that they were the best and the most powerful nation on the earth. They felt that no one could break them, yet, each one has been destroyed. America felt that it could never be attacked, yet was attacked on 9/11 by surprise.

In the same way an individual can be filled with a deceiving pride in the heart. It will often cause a person to think that he cannot fail or fall because of what he has done or where he is at. Pride will cause the person to think that he is invincible and that no one can pull him down. This will then allow for sin to be allowed in a person’s life.

It is deceiving because it is not true. God is greater than any person on this earth. God can set things up to bring a person down who is filled with false pride.

Even inside the church, this type of pride can deceive many. Leaders and churches often feel that they are the best and cannot fail. Yet, later ruin comes to them because they allowed sin to slip into their lives.

Allow God to search your heart and see if there is any pride deceiving you. Check yourself and see what you are proud of and whether it is allowing sin into your life or not. All that you have done has been done only because God gave you the ability.

I pray today that you will not allow sin in your life; that God will guide your heart to keep from being deceived by pride; that you will remain humble before God; and that you will keep your heart open for God to see.

Isaiah 36:16-17 Don’t Make Deals With The Enemy

“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a  land like your own–a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” Isaiah 36:16-17

The king of Assyria had sent someone to talk to the people of Jerusalem about giving up a fight. He was working on invading the city and the people were holding out. They were asked to surrender and make peace with him, and he would allow them to live in their own land until he could bring them to his land. They were given many promises.

On the surface, the promises that were made sound very good. They were offered free moving to a new land that had grain, wine, bread and vineyards–everything they had and needed. Going with him would mean no battle or war to be fought and no one would die.

Despite the promises, there was nothing good about the move. The land may have all those things, but they would most likely not be able to enjoy them. They would go there as prisoners or slaves.

The enemy still does this type of talk today. The world tries to tell you to follow their ways and you will have life and be able to enjoy it. Wealth, health, and fun is promised if you will just leave what God has told you to do and walk their way.

Movies promise joy in entertainment if you will watch what God calls filth. Drugs and sex are pushed to give you a moment of pleasure. Living in certain lifestyles promises enjoyment. Changing gender, now is a promise of a better life.

Living the ways of the world may provide a short-term pleasure, but in the end it brings captivity and death. The other side of the fence may look good, but it is filled with death.

Who are you trusting in to provide the best life for you?

If you are trusting in God, do not allow the world to sway you to their lies and deception. The world cannot provide better, or even as good of a life as God can. Do not trust this world. Live for God.

I pray today that you will put your trust in God; that you will not be swayed by the promises of the world; that God will reveal all truth to you; and that you will know the provision and blessings God has for you.

Psalm 52:3 Loving Evil Over Good

You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Psalm 52:3

It is very easy to find things that are evil in this world that is fallen into the trap of sin. Man has fallen away from God and chosen to follow Satan and the evil he promotes. Satan states that he will bring a person joy and happiness, all that one will ever need. Yet, all of his words are a deception and bring death.

Take a look at the number one movies, or number one books that are made. Very rarely, if ever, are they a movie that promotes God and what God promotes. The world loves to view things that are filled with horror, death, sex, and “freedom” to do what a person wants, when he wants, the way he wants.

Along with what people watch, many fall into the trap of evil in the music that is listened too. The world loves to sing about death, divorce, killing, raping, sex, and other crimes as though it is good. Love of evil is prevalent in this world.

The sad part is that many Christians fall into this same deception. People of all levels in the church, from the simple attendee, to the pastor, have often fallen into the deception of this world.

People in the church talk about movies and music as though they were great. These are movies that are filled with extreme violence, without God anywhere in the picture. They enjoy movies and music that promote the things of this world.

Often, they will try to explain the movie or music in a way that excuses the falsehood or evil being promoted. The quality of acting is pointed out as great and worth seeing, even though it promotes a sinful lifestyle. Many fall into the same trap of calling evil good, rather than what it really is. They are no different from those in the world.

As you go through your days, what are you desiring to see or hear?

Are you keeping  your eyes and ears focused on God?

Or are you watching and listening to what the world has to say?

Be careful to not love what the world loves. See this world through the eyes of God and love what He loves–people, not things.

I pray today that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will love what God loves; that God will strengthen you to turn your eyes and ears away from evil; and that you will be a witness of Jesus in this world.

Joshua 9:14 Failing To Ask God

The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Joshua 9:14

The Gibeonites were a nearby nation and had heard of the Israelites and were afraid of them. They decided to try and deceive the Israelites. They put on worn out clothing and carried old stale food as they went to meet the Israelites. The Gibeonites told them that they were from a country a long way off and needed a place to stay.

All the Israelites checked out their food and clothing, but had not asked God about them, and believed them. The Gibeonites were allowed to stay with the Israelites. Later Joshua found out who the people really were and was upset with them because of the deception, but it was too late.

The world likes to deceive people into believing them. They want things to look better than they really are. Satan, the leader, is the father of lies and deception. He goes around looking like an angel of light, though he is the ruler of darkness and sin.

It does not take much searching to see where the world is trying to deceive believers. Many churches have fallen to the deception of this world, following their practices and beliefs. Speakers talk what sounds like a good Godly sermon, but does not include the full Word of God.

As a believer you must always be alert for deception of the enemy. In order to be aware of what is happening you must always be in God’s Word, the Bible. You must always be in communication (prayer) with God.

Seek God’s direction and wisdom in every situation presented you in your life. Do not take things at face value. Accept what is truly of God, and reject all other things.

If you allow yourself to be deceived by the enemy, you will have allowed the enemy and deception to infiltrate your life. It will cause problems in your life for years to come.

When you seek God’s wisdom and direction, He can protect and guide you into all truth.

Are you asking God for wisdom?

Or are you relying on your own wisdom?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to deception around you; that you will know the truth in words told to you; that you will ask God for direction and wisdom in every area of your life; and that God will protect you from deception of the enemy.

Numbers 23:27 Another Tactic

“Then Balak said to Balaam, Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.” Numbers 23:27

Balaam had went before God two times to hear what He wanted him to say about the Israelites. Balak wanted Balaam to curse them, but both times he prophesied good instead of cursing. Balak then takes Balaam to another location. He figured that maybe if he went about a different way, Balaam would be able to curse the Israelites.

The world, under the influence of Satan, will try to come at you and get you to slip up in your walk with God. They will start one way and see if it works. If it does not work, they will try a different tactic. They will bring you to a new location to see if it will work there.

These new locations may not be physical ones as in the case of Balaam, but there are new areas in life to attack. One time it may be in the area of what you are watching; another may be in the area of what you are listening; or in the area of your workplace or family. Each time it may be different.

You have to be alert and on the watch for the enemies tactics. The enemy will try different things all the time, and will continue to try until the day you die. Each time you have to remember that Jesus said that Satan is out to kill and destroy you. Even though that is true, God is with you and is greater than Satan or this world will ever be.

Each day you must start it out with the mindset that  you belong to God and refuse to do anything that the world wants you to do. Set out to only do as the Lord your God commands you to do. Do not allow the world to direct you any differently.

If God is not pleased with cursing Him or someone else here, He will not be pleased with it happening anywhere else.

Are you sold out to God?

Or can you be bought out by the world through their tactics?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the tactics of the enemy; that you will not be deceived by the enemy; that you will live only to do what God wants; and that you will be His light in this world.