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.

Isaiah 2:22 Stop Trusting Man

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Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? Isaiah 2:22 

People have all kinds of things to say. Scientists and doctors appear to know what is right and what is best. They have done the research and are supposed to be correct. Government officials always appear to have the best information about everything and anything and can guide the people correctly.

Some will hold on to what is said by someone because he has some huge title after his name and he went to some prestigious college. Others will believe the person because everyone else believes the person, regardless of what is being said.

Isaiah tells the people to stop just trusting people. People are temporary and just have breath, but no real knowledge or wisdom.

Believing in people can and will often lead to failure and fear. While scientists and doctors do know a lot, they do not know everything. In their limited knowledge there are many mistakes made leading people down the wrong road or in fear.

Believers tend to act in the same way as much of the world, they believe people. Many believers will follow some preacher or speaker, regardless of what is being said. One looks and sounds good, so he must be saying something right. Yet, some of these same speakers are leading people into open sin against God’s word.

Trust should be first and foremost in God and in God alone. Only God has the perfect answer every time. Only God has perfect knowledge of every situation. Only God has perfect wisdom in every situation. Only God will never fail.

If a person can trust Jesus with his life for salvation, he should trust God with everything else in his life. One should not allow that trust to be broken down and put into man’s words.

As you go through this life, who are you putting your trust in?

Do not allow yourself to be manipulated by the words of man through the various types of media. They will fail you and lead you down the wrong path.

Look to God for all needed wisdom and direction. God will never fail you. He has the big picture of the beginning and the end, and everything in-between when He guides you in your life.

Trust God today and see that He will never fail.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; that you will trust in God alone; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will reveal when men try to lead you astray. 

Proverbs 20:1 Dangers Of Alcohol

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Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 

Alcoholic beverages are one of the most common drinks around the world. People love to have some wine or beer on a regular basis.

While there is nothing wrong with having a drink, it is often very difficult to stop right there. Many people will have multiple drinks. Usually enough drinks in order to get them drunk.

It is exactly at this point that a person is being led by the drink. The drink is now in control, and not himself.

In his wisdom, Solomon realized that wine and beer are dangerous if a person is led by them. One being led by alcohol is not being wise.

Being drunk is a common site to see among many people. It is also very common to hear of the results of one being drunk. Drunk driving, fights, harassments, and wrong words being said all come when one is drunk. They are being led by the alcohol, rather than by God.

Every believer is to be led by God. They are also to maintain self-control of everything that they think, say or do. Under the influence of wine or beer, one is not in self-control, nor are they allowing God to be in control, but are under the control of the wine or beer.

This is not wise for any person. It is giving up what is best for some short time pleasure that causes disaster. It will change the character of a person, causing him to say and do things that he would not normally do.

Families, friendships, and jobs are often destroyed by the influence of wine and beer in the life of a person. While the world may enjoy traveling down this road, the believer must seek to avoid it and be led by God’s Holy Spirit, not wine and beer.

You may be one who enjoys a little wine or beer once in a while. Be careful that you do not allow yourself to be overcome by the alcohol. Do not allow it to control you.

It is better to abstain from all alcohol, than to be controlled by it, even one time. It can quickly cause you to do irreparable damage in your life.

Allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit to bring you His peace and rest after a hard day. Allow God to control your life, not some man-made thing.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom in all of your decisions; that you will choose to be led by God in all areas of your life; that God will give you strength to not be led by alcohol; and that God will keep you from the sin of being drunk. 

Proverbs 7:21 Seduction

With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. Proverbs 7:21

In this passage Solomon describes a scene where a young man is walking down the street. He comes across a woman who is a prostitute. With many persuasive words she talks him into going with her and she leads him down a path of destruction. This woman was a prostitute and led him into a sexual encounter outside of marriage.

This is a scene that occurs around the world on a daily basis. While many would openly do this, there are many who would not go with a woman like this, at least not for direct pay. All over the world, both in the church and out of the church, men and women are sleeping together outside of marriage. The common words are, “if you love me, you will….”

The world loves to use persuasive words to get you to do things that should not be done. In this passage it is sexual immorality. Satan does not just stop with that area. He is trying to seduce you into sin of any sort.

Think about a time you had chosen to tell a lie or some other sin. What made you do it? Usually it was either someone else talked you into it, or in your own mind you thought it would be the best choice to make.

The enemy, the devil and this world, would like to trip you up and get you to follow their ways. They will use good sounding, smooth talk to make any sin sound like it is something good.

While the sin may sound and feel good at the moment, it ultimately leads to death. It pulls you away from God. It will cause pain and suffering in the end.

You are told to flee all sin and resist the devil. When the world comes talking smoothly to you, check what God says and stand on His word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and you will know when the world is trying to deceive and seduce you. God will give you the path out of the situation, if you will follow it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the seduction of this world; that God will strengthen you to keep you from being led astray; that you will only be led by God; and that you will only follow God.

1 Kings 11:4 Bad Influences

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 1 Kings 11:4

Over the years Solomon had married several hundred women, many of whom were from foreign nations. These women were from nations that God had told the Israelites not to marry anyone. These wives brought with them their foreign gods and influenced Solomon into following those gods. He did not have a heart that was fully devoted to God alone.

Nobody likes to be left out of a group. People everywhere like to fit in with those they are with. Being left out gives the feeling that one is different or missing out on something fun.

It is a well-known fact that if a person hangs around another person or group of people enough, that the habits will transfer over. Often it is bad habits that will transfer, rather than the good ones.

Parents will often keep their children from hanging around certain other children, because they see them as a bad influence. They want their children influenced for the good, rather than the bad.

Yet, many adults will spend all their time with those who are not living correctly for God. Often it is around a person claiming to be a believer, but still living directly in a sinful lifestyle on purpose. They become a bad influence on the true believer.

You need to take a look at who you spend the majority of your time with. Are those people lifting you up and pointing you closer to God?

Or are they being a bad influence, pulling you away from God?

The peer pressure of a bad influence does not just affect children, it affects adults also.

As a believer, you need to be the one to influence the world for Jesus, not the other way around.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom on who are good influences around you; that you will be the light of Jesus in this world; that your heart will be focused on God; and that you will not be led astray with bad influences.