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 Often the bible is looked at as an outdated piece of material that should not be followed or believed in.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. 

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1 John 4:1 Testing Every Spirit

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Everywhere you look there are people who claim to be following God. They state that they are Christians and know God. Many will even be in the church every time the doors are open. Yet, while they claim and look good, they teach or believe something that goes directly against God’s Word.

Often their teachings are very subtle. Unless you are paying close attention, the false teaching may not be seen. It is usually mixed with a lot of truth.

People like to think that it is not such a problem, yet being off even a little can bring a person way off later.

In the short distance being off just one inch does not seem like much. However, staying that one inch off for a thousand miles will put you many miles off of your target.

Allowing yourself to be off target a little will also open the door for you to be even more off in something else. It is an open door to the schemes of the devil to deceive you and get you away from Jesus.

John says that you are to test every spirit. This testing is holding what is being said up against God’s Word. Does it line up with God’s Word?

Every person you hear should be tested against God’s Word. This even includes your pastor in your church. Do not allow any wrong teaching to be done.

In addition to testing others, test yourself. What are you teaching? Everyone teaches by what they say and do in life. They are teaching others how they feel Jesus would act and speak.

Are you living by God’s Word? Or are you slightly off and being a false prophet?

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you on track with Him. Do not lead astray or be allowed be led astray.

I pray that God will open your eyes to any false teachings; that you will seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will not be led astray in your beliefs of God; and that you will test every spirit and know the truth.

1 John 2:26 Trying To Lead You Astray

“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” 1 John 2:26

John talks about what he is writing about. Looking at the verses just before he makes this statement, he was writing about those who deny Jesus. They try to state that there are other ways to God and bring in false teachings.

This is a common event every where a person goes. Some people are very direct in their beliefs. Those who are Islamic will very distinctly point you away from Jesus. They have no room for Jesus, other than He was a prophet.

Most often you will see people who are not so directly against Jesus. They state that they believe in Jesus, but also believe in Buddah, or Muhammed, or some other false belief. Others will also state they believe in Jesus while believing that you can live in direct sinful ways.

All of these people are trying to lead you astray. They are trying to get you to live differently than what Jesus would want. The Bible is not the central authority in their lives. It is whatever feels good at the time that is center of their lives.

People who try to lead astray can be found everywhere, including inside of churches. Some are even in leadership in the church.

In order to not be led astray, you must keep yourself grounded in God’s Word and in prayer. Keep your heart open to hearing what God has to say, not what people have to say. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you on the right path.

When you stop in any of these areas, you allow yourself to be led off the path God has for you. This can even happen from well-intentioned people. The disciples tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross, yet that was not God’s plan for Jesus.

Are you on His path?

Or are you on your own path or a path of the world’s choosing?

Stay with God and on His path and don’t be led astray.

I pray today that God will guide you in the path He wants you on; that you will be sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit; that God will reveal to you those who are trying to lead you astray; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.