2 Corinthians 11:3 Have You Been Led Astray?

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

Deception is something that can be seen nearly every place a person looks or goes. Movies deceive a person into thinking that what they are watching actually happened. Ads are made to make a person think that some item is the best possible to have.

In the process of being deceived, many people are led to do things that go against their basic beliefs.

Paul was concerned that the people might get led astray by deception of Satan, that they would leave their devotion to Christ down the wrong path.

The primary focus of Satan and the world is to get a believer to take his eyes off of Christ, to slow down on his devotion to God. This is often done in a way that uses something that is good or at least sounds good.

Focus upon family or friends will often take one’s focus off of Christ and what God wants him to do. Sometimes a strong focus on ministry can lead a person to do things that God was not leading him in.

Often the deception leads people into accepting ‘little’ sins as acceptable and not really sinful. Letting things occur that slowly pull one’s attention away from God, or things that do not honor God.

Many in the church have fallen into deep sins as acceptable, because of the deception of the world. Things are worded in such a way that sin appears to be good and loving, when it is nothing but death in the end.

In order to keep from being deceived, one needs to keep his focus and devotion upon Christ at all times, staying in God’s word and praying continually.

As a believer, the world is out to get you and stop you from focusing on God. Little things will be put in your way to deceive you and pull you away from Christ. All of these things start with the mind.

Each and everyday take time throughout the day to keep your focus upon God. Spend time in His word and think about it throughout the day. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in all truth.

The more you focus upon God, the less likely it will be that you will be deceived.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that your focus will always be upon God and His word; that you will not be deceived by the enemy; and that your devotion to God will remain pure and strong.

Romans 12:9 Sincere Love

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9

Love is a word that people use very loosely. Nearly everything and anything can be loved, yet while being loved is being destroyed.

While people claim to love others, very often they are leading those very same people down a path of destruction. The world does not have a true standard of what real love is about. Love is often what is in it for the person doing the loving at the moment, with no regard for the future.

Paul tells the people that love must be sincere. This can be done by hating evil and holding on to what is good.

Jesus was the perfect example of what love truly is and how it must be sincere. He was willing to give His life for those who hated Him. He stood up against evil and held onto the Father, who is good.

Claims to love God and others abound inside the church. At the same time these claims are made, people hold on to sinful habits or sinful things.

True and sincere love will flee anything this evil or has the appearance of evil.

It is common for people to watch evil movies, or step into some other evil action, immediately after going to a church service and worshipping God. They don’t hate what is evil, but love evil, when it is in the form of entertainment or for their short-term benefit.

Sincere love will not make excuses for allowing for evil, but will hate all forms of evil. The focus of a believer will be to please the Father, which is being holy and living a holy life, holding on to that which is good. This is done out of love, not to earn salvation.

You must be willing to ask yourself if your love is really sincere.

When you have some free time to do whatever you desire, what is it that you are willing to do? Do you allow yourself to step into things that are evil? Or do you choose to hold onto the things of God that are good and holy?

Find out what God calls good and focus on those things. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the evil things of this temporary world, but be caught up in the things of God that will last for all eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s true love in your heart; that God will strengthen you to hate what is evil; that you will cling and hold on to the good things of God; and that your love will be sincere before God and all men.

Luke 20:20 Spies Among Us

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. Luke 20:20

It is common for nations and major businesses to have spies. They use the spies to seek out information on their enemy. The information gained is used against their enemies or competition to overcome them.

Those who work as spies pretend to be sincere and someone that they are not. Their overall goal is to find weaknesses and faults so that they may win the power.

As Jesus was speaking, the teachers of the law sent spies trying to catch Jesus in something false or bad. This was done to get him locked up or killed by the authorities.

Although the world does not always call them ‘spies’, there are spies sent by the world among believers all the time. People attend some churches just for the sole purpose to find something wrong with the believers.

In many nations, where Christianity is illegal, there are people sent in as spies to home churches to try to find out who is a believer and what they are doing. They appear to be sincere about wanting to follow Jesus, but then once they get their needed information, they turn and people are jailed or killed.

Other nations, like America, has people who come in to find faults against them, to prove Christianity is ‘bad’.

Every believer must live his life in such a way that the world will see that he is true to God and His word. Outside of following God’s word, the believer should never do anything against the law of his land. He should never give the spies something to hold against him.

People are watching you as a believer. Some are trying to see if you really are who you say you are. Others are trying to trap you in your words or actions.

Walk your life in such a way that you honor God in all that you say and do. Let there never be an occasion in which the world can hold something against you. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and guidance, so that you will not be tripped up by the crafty words of the world.

The world is out to stop you, don’t let them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will reveal to you the spies in this world; that you will walk and talk as Jesus did; and that the world will not be able to find any thing against God in you.

James 3:17 Wisdom From Heaven

 

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy ad good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

Wisdom is just the knowing how to apply the knowledge that a person has in the best way possible. The world has a lot of wisdom, but it is faulty. The wisdom of the world is selfish and full of envy. It is about self and what one wants for himself.

In places where there is selfishness, there will always be disorder, discontent, jealousy, envy, hatred, cheating, and lying. The person is always striving to get the most out of life at any cost.

The wisdom that comes from God does not have any of those characteristics in it. God’s wisdom will always aim for peace, without compromising His standards. It is concerned with what others are going through or needing. His wisdom submits to those in authority, rather than forcing others into submission.

It has the mercy of God upon others who have done wrong, rather than throwing the book at the person. Heavenly wisdom will be filled with good fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, because it is led by His Holy Spirit. It will treat every person the same regardless of position, money, character or anything else, just as Jesus did and still does. God’s wisdom will always be sincere and true, not joking around and not changing all the time.

In simple words, the wisdom that comes from God will always put God and others first because of love. This is the wisdom of God that is found in Jesus. He put others, who did not love or want Him, first by dying on the cross for them. To the world this does not make sense, because it does not know true love–Jesus.

As you seek wisdom keep in mind how God’s wisdom will look in this life. See why you need that wisdom and how you will use it correctly in your life. Do not allow yourself to be full of selfishness and envy because of some wisdom that you may possess, that is not of God.

Allow God to give you His wisdom so that you may be His witness in this world of who He really is and what He is really like. Don’t be like the world, but like Jesus in this world.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know how to use God’s wisdom correctly; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; and that you will love as God loves.

Hebrews 10:22 Get Near To God

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

Having just pointed out that Jesus has removed the sins of the people and made a way for them to enter into the Holy of Holies to be with God, they are encouraged to go in. The curtain was the dividing line between the Holy and the Most Holy. On the other side was where God would dwell. The author of Hebrews wants people now to move into the inner place to be near God, but he says it must be done with sincere hearts.

One has a sincere heart who is dedicated, not false in any way, no false motives, loyal, and loving. Not every person has a sincere heart.

Everyday many people go to a workplace to do some work, but their hearts are not in it. They only do the job for the paycheck, not to do the boss a service, or to do the people they are working for a service. Often they don’t even really like their job, but it pays, so they do it. Their hearts are not in it.

Other ways people’s hearts are not in something is in giving. They give gifts or money because that is the thing to do, not because they want to do it.

There are people in the church who believe in God because it is the thing to do or just to escape punishment of hell. They do not serve God because of a love for God and for what He has done for them. They are not approaching God with a sincere heart.

If you have a sincere heart for God, you will approach Him with a great love for Him. You will have a great respect for who He is. You will not just be seeking to get something from Him, but to offer yourself to Him.

You will also know that Jesus has made the way for you to go to God. It was not something you did or earned.

How are you going before God today? Do you have a sincere heart?

I pray today that you will know the cleansing Jesus has given you; that you will know you can approach God; that you will have a sincere heart before God; and that you will know God in a new, better way.