Exodus 8:29 Don’t Act Deceitfully

Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.” Exodus 8:29

No one really likes deceitful actions. When thinking about deceit, most people will automatically think of politicians and lawyers, yet many will act deceitfully who are not a politician or a lawyer.

Many promises are made daily with never intending to fulfill the promise, but only to get something.

After getting a plague of flies, Pharaoh promises to release the Israelites if the flies are removed. Moses said he would pray for God to remove the flies, but that Pharaoh should not act deceitfully and not let the Israelites go as he has already done.

Throughout the church most people are willing to say that deceit is something that is bad and speak out against it. They will turn away from friends who act deceitfully against them.

However, many of those same people will act deceitfully with God on a regular basis. People are very quick to promise God that they will do something, if God will take care of some bad situation in their life. As soon as God takes care of that situation, their promise is forgotten. They had ‘deceived’ God into getting what they want.

Not only do these people try to deceive God, but they also do the same types of actions to other people. Just as politicians and lawyers are accused of breaking promises, many believers break their promises both to man and God.

True believers will hold true to their word, both with man and God. They will never say one thing and do another.

How often do you make a promise to someone else or to God? Now with those promises, how often do you fulfill those promises, regardless of what it may cost you?

Every time that you seek God’s help and promise Him something, be willing to fulfill it at any cost.

Although man does not know your heart, God does and can see if there is any deceit in your words. Be the person of God whose word is good and true. That when you speak a promise, others will know it will be fulfilled.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will speak words of truth to man and God; that you will fulfill all of your promises to man and God; that you will never act or speak with deceit to man or God; and that you will trust God with every promise you make.

2 John 4 Are You Walking In The Truth?

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 4

According to the world, truth is relative. It depends on who one is, what the circumstance is, what one’s experiences are, and what one is feeling in the moment.

Many do not believe that there is an absolute truth in which one is to live by. Times and circumstances change, which in turn will change what is true. Each and every person is allowed to live in the way he thinks is best for himself, as long as it does not harm or offend anyone else.

In this short letter, John is finding joy in hearing that some people are walking in the truth just as God commanded.

Since the world believes that there is no absolute truth and that everything is relative, the world finds itself in chaos and fighting. Every person is their own little god, thinking that they know the real truth.

People of all age groups are confused on who they are, what they are to do and how they are to live. The world is fighting to remove gender identity and all moral absolutes. As a result, people are confused and depressed going about harming others and self.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He said that He is truth and He is God’s living word. In His word, God gave commands as to how a person is to live in His truth and love. The person who has chosen to believe in Jesus must be willing to walk in the ways of Jesus (Truth) and God’s commands (Truth).

Any time a person stops walking in the truth, he is walking in the lies of this fallen and sinful world. He is no longer walking with God.

Every day you have a choice to make as to how you will walk through this life you have been given on this earth. The world is going to fight to get you to walk in its lies and deception, appealing to your physical desires, rather than your spirit.

Choose to study and know God’s word and have a relationship with Jesus on a daily basis. This will keep you focused upon the absolute and eternal truth and God’s word. Everything you need to live life can be found in Jesus and God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s absolute truth for your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that God will open your eyes to the lies and deception of this world; and that you will walk in God’s truth.

1 Timothy 3:9 Hold To The Deep Truths Of Faith

They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9

Truth, to many people, is considered to be questionable and debatable. It depends on whose truth it is, what one’s experience is and what one’s reality is to know if something is true or not.

With this type of view, truth is not a constant foundation and everything changes on a regular basis. What many believe is true today, will change it to being false tomorrow, as they reject solid, eternal truth all around them.

Paul describes some requirements for men that are to be a deacon. Here he states that they must hold on to the deep truths of faith with a clear conscience.

Throughout the church there are many who waiver on what is truth. They bounce back and forth as to what is sin, what God requires and how a believer should live his life.

It is sadly common to hear a believer state that a lie is a lie, but then go ahead and ‘bend the truth’ so that they may save their job, reputation, or help someone else. Ignorance or changing of what God’s word says about lying is used to justify their words.

God’s word to man is the same yesterday, today and forever. It does not change as He does not change. True and eternal truth is found throughout its pages.

Believers, who are seeking to truly follow God, will seek and hold on to the deep truths of their faith. They will not allow themselves to change God’s word and truth to fit their situation, as the world does every day.

As a believer holds to God’s truth, he will have a clear conscience before God that he is believing, doing and saying the right things.

Every day you will be faced with situations that will challenge what you believe in God’s word. If you have taken time to read and study God’s word for yourself, you will know what the deep truths are.

God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in knowing the truth and give you the strength to hold on to it. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in all truth, will keep your conscience clear of false teaching before both God and man.

Ask yourself today if you are holding to the deep truths of the faith or are you being swayed by the lies of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word; that you will hold on to the deep truths of the faith in God; that God will guide you by the Holy Spirit into His truth; and that you will live with a clear conscience before God and man.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Hold On Tightly

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Things that are popular in the world change on an almost daily basis. One way of doing things is popular today, and then the next day something takes its place.

As a result, things that are believed to be true one day are often disbelieved the next. Many are working to change what the history books state about different situations. The world does not like to stand firm on anything but what feels good in the moment.

After describing how many will believe in lies, Paul encourages the people to stand firm and hold on to what they have already been taught.

The world does not really hold to any rock solid standard that stays the same forever. Views and expectations change on a constant basis. Changing views occur in order to accommodate the feelings of the people in the moment, with no regard to the future or the bigger picture.

Without a solid foundation, things eventually fall into chaos and confusion.

Some in the church have chosen to believe in and embrace the lies and deception of this world. Rejection of what God’s word says has crept into the church body.

God’s word has remained true and faithful for thousands of years and has not changed. God, Himself, has also remained faithful and true for thousands of years and has never changed at all.

Believers, who have chosen to fully sell out to God, continue to focus on what God’s word says and hold to its teachings. They will stand firm and not be continually moved to every whim and wave of changing doctrine or belief that comes their way.

Every day you will hear of things that attempt to change what God’s word says. Temptations to accept sin and false teachings will abound in all around you.

Put your focus upon God’s word and stand firm on it. Hold fast to what God has already taught you. Tie a rope around yourself with God’s word and do not allow yourself to be moved to believe in the lies and deception of the enemy.

God and His word will remain true and faithful forever, never changing as the world does on a regular basis.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s teachings in your heart and life; that you will hold fast to God’s word everyday; that God will guide you in knowing His truth; and that God will protect you from being swayed by the deception of this world.

Ephesians 5:6 Don’t Be Deceived

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:6

One of the most deceptive things are advertisements. Nearly every advertisement tells a person that what is being sold is the very best on the market and that everyone needs it right now, even though there may be better products out there and not every one needs it.

Deception often comes in how things are worded and said. When things are worded a certain way, people will believe it, even when it is false.

After listing some specific sins that a believer should not even think on, Paul tells the people to not be deceived with empty words. It is on those empty words of those disobedient that God brings His wrath upon.

In the same way that advertisements deceive people into thinking that they need something that they don’t, people also deceive others into believing that sinful acts are acceptable to God.

Sexual immorality is just as popular in the church as it is outside the church. Using bad language is common among believers. Along with these, there are many others sins that believers continually commit on a regular basis.

It is not that believers are perfect, but that many of these believers claim these sinful acts are acceptable to God. With deceptive words they claim that they do not need to change, because God still loves them and will save them.

Living in this way is deceptive and is being led by Satan. It is false living and will incur the wrath of God.

Believers are called to live a pure and holy life unto God. As the believer is led by the Holy Spirit, he will not be misled by deceptive lies, empty words of this world and false believers into sinful acts.

The moment you chose to repent and believe in Jesus for your salvation, God had called you to a new way of living. You are to step away from sinful acts to live a righteous life.

All around you the world will continue to try to deceive you into believing that sin is good and acceptable to God. Keep yourself immersed in God’s word and filled with His Holy Spirit. Know what God expects of you and then live that way.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the lies of this world and false believers.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God expects you to live your life; that you will live a holy and righteous life as Jesus did; that you will not be deceived by false and empty words; and that you will speak God’s words, not empty words.