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.

Revelation 21:8 Second Death

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

There is an old statement that has been around for a long time: Only two things are guaranteed in life: taxes and death. Very few people would disagree with that statement. Everyone knows that death is coming for them.

With knowing that death is on the way, most people want to live life to the fullest. They want to have a good time…eat, drink and be merry. What they don’t want to believe in is the fact of a second death.

Physically every person will die. Depending on how they live their lives will then depend on if they will die a second time. This second death is the spiritual death, a separation from God for eternity.

Many people will agree with parts of the list that John gave. Very few have a problem believing that a murderer or someone who is vile will end up in hell. Yet, many do not agree with the others listed.

The cowardly, are those who back down from being God’s witness on this earth. The unbelieving are those who really do not put their trust in the salvation of Jesus, they may be trying to earn their salvation. The sexually immoral, are those who deviate from God’s marriage plan for sex. Practicing magic arts is trying to do what God wants done without going through God and using only what the devil has set up. Idolaters are those who give their lives and energy for anything but God. Liars are those who don’t tell the truth, even the little white lies.

Many of these people in this list may be decent, “good” people in the eyes of the world. They may be hardworking, loving, caring and clean-cut people. The world says they do not deserve hell, but God says He will cast them out. They are not serving God, but themselves and the devil.

In the end these people will be cast into the burning lake of sulfur. It will be torture and punishment for eternity. This is the second death with no chance of end.

Make sure that you are following God with all of your heart. Trust fully in the salvation Jesus provides. Turn from all sin. Let others know of this second death. Be God’s witness. Do not allow yourself or others to be given the second death.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to be His servant; that God will help you to turn from all sinful ways; that you will be God’s witness turning others from sin; and that God will find you faithful to Jesus.