John 8:44 Who Is Your Father?

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

In most families, in which the father stays, the children often grow up acting like their father. Many of the thoughts, actions and words of the children are repeats of the father. This includes both the good and bad actions and words.

Jesus speaks against those falsely trying to accuse Him of wrong. He tells them that their father is the devil, because he speaks lies and has no truth in him.

Just as Jesus is truth and life, the devil is lies and death. He is the exact opposite of everything that Jesus is.

Unless there is a major change in a child’s life, it is good to expect that the child is a good representation of his father. He will act and speak very much like his father.

At some point after birth every human chooses to sin and be like the devil. It is not usually a conscience effort to be like the devil, but it is giving into his ways.

One of the most common sins among people is lying. People lie about how they really are, about there not being a God, about how they really care about others, about what is good and bad and many other ways. The lies show up in deception and ignorance of truth. Their father is the devil.

The one who follows Jesus, will follow truth and allow truth to be a part of his life. His father will be God and it will show in his life.

As you examine your life, ask yourself how much truth is in your life. It is easy to allow deception and lies in, covering up mistakes and wrongs as though they were acceptable and good. Living like this is living like the world, and allowing the devil to be your father.

Immerse yourself in God’s word, living as Jesus lived. Jesus is truth and if you live as He lived, you will live in truth, not lies. As you live in truth, you will also make God your father, not the devil, the father of lies and deception.

Who is your real father?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow the truth of God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that God will be your father in every area of your life; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in keeping from all lies.

1 Peter 5:8 Be Alert For Attacks

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Very few people are always on alert, expecting danger to occur at any moment. Unless they are in a very dangerous area or outside of the normal area of living, most people feel safe.

Although things can appear to be safe, danger can come very suddenly and from unexpected locations, if one is not aware of what is going on around them. A person must always be on alert when he is driving down the road, to be ready for anything that could possibly go wrong.

As Peter is closing his letter, he gives a warning to the believers to be alert and sober, because the devil is going around like a lion seeking to destroy someone.

During times, when everything is going good, it is easy for a believer to get lulled into a sleep thinking that everything is good and nothing bad will occur. Just as a driver going down a long, straight road for hours will get drowsy, believers will often get drowsy and not pay attention to his surroundings.

Many people think of the devil in a red suit that looks ugly. In reality, the devil comes disguised in many things to devour a believer. He comes as a ‘good’ friend, a co-worker, a little child, a magazine, a picture, the internet and many other ways. He comes both inside and outside the church as little temptations to sin against God.

The devil is doing whatever it takes to destroy the believer.

The easiest way to stop the devil is to be aware and resist him. The only way to do this is to be aware and of a sober mind, not caught up in the temporary things of this world.

Satan is out to destroy you. Keep your eyes focused on God and allow His Holy Spirit to keep you aware of what the tactics of the devil are.

God can reveal when the devil is making an attack against you and will show you a way of escape. Instead of walking into temptation and being devoured, resist the devil and flee. Do not give the devil a chance to win the battle.

Put your trust in God, stay alert being led by the Holy Spirit and He will protect you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your eyes to the tactics of the devil; that you will be aware of the deception of the enemy; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that God will protect you during times of attack; and that your mind will be focused upon God and His eternal things.

Hebrews 4:14 Hold On Tight

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14

All over the world people have some traditions or beliefs that they hold on to. No one can convince them of anything different.

Most people, however, do not hold very tightly to what they believe. Every few days they are changing what they believe is truth. Or they change what they believe, based upon who they are around. Things change on a regular basis, to blend in with everyone else, rather than stand out as different.

The author had just described Jesus as a great high priest. Now he says that in light of that information, one must hold on firmly to the faith they are proclaiming.

Believers have a belief that is different from anything else in the world. It causes them to stand out. It will cause division between them and the rest of the world.

Since there is this division, many believers give up on their faith, in order to fit in with the world and be liked by the world. Others will claim to hold on to their faith in Jesus, but also accept every other belief that is out there as also acceptable.

There is only one way to heaven, one Savior, one God, one truth and one true faith. Believers must realize this and not allow the world to influence them into thinking that there is more than one true faith.

Every believer must hold onto their faith as though holding on to a rope that means life or death to them. It is the most important thing in their life, their belief in Jesus. If they don’t hold onto the faith, then everything is meaningless.

As a believer, you hold a faith that is absolute and sure. It is the firmest truth in existence on this earth. Do not allow the deception and the lies of this world to deceive you into thinking that there are other alternative ways to God.

There is only one way to God, one truth, one Lord, one Savior. Hold on to the faith you have and keep proclaiming it for all of the world to hear and know it. While there may be troubles and hardships now, in the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

Hold on fast to the faith you profess.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; that God will keep you from being swayed by lies; and that you will boldly proclaim what you believe in Jesus.

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.

2 Corinthians 4:2 Be An Open Book

Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2

While some people openly do corrupt and sinful actions, most people like to have their faults hidden as the refuse to get rid of the faults and reconcile them. They do everything they can to cover up any faults or shameful ways in their lives, wanting to look good to everyone else.

Paul tells the people that he has renounced all shameful ways and deception. He opens himself up to the people to see who he really is as he only speaks God’s truth.

Just as it is in the world with covering up bad thoughts and actions, many in the church do the same thing. Many walk around as though they are perfect and everyone else a failure, while refusing to change certain sinful actions.

While a believer will always have some faults, he must continually strive to overcome them, not just accept them and cover them up to look good. Acting like this is deception and a lie. It is not showing the true words of God.

To fully follow Jesus, one must be willing to renounce all secret and shameful ways–sin. These are not just the outward actions everyone can see, but also the inner thoughts that are secret and no one can see.

The believer must be living his life in such a way that he is willing to allow others to look at his life, as a open book, and see if there is anything wicked in it. Just as David asked God to examine his life to see if there is any wickedness, the believer can seek God and others to examine his life.

If there are any thoughts or actions that you know you have that are secret and shameful sins, you need to repent before God and renounce them. Begin today to live your life completely sold out to God.

Allow God and others to see the true inner you and then be willing to change to be more like Christ every day. Be an open book to others and to God, so that God can make you into a new creation that does not need to be ashamed of anything in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to see your inner heart; that you will live so much for God, that others can see it; and that you will repent before God and man of all secret and shameful sins in your life.