Jesus replied with the first response - Take heed that no Man deceive you - Matt 24:4 It left me stunted as it is my belief that we are living in times of great deception. To deceive is to - deliberately cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, especially for personal gain.
The origin of the word decieve in Greek is the following:
The definition of the word deceive taken from the verse is the following:
to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
to go astray, wander, roam about
to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive
to be led into error
to be led aside from the path of virtue, to go astray, sin
to sever or fall away from the truth
to be led away into error and sin
Deception is something that is becoming more and more prominent especially in our Churches we have so much to contend with but there is hope for us not to fall into every false doctrine and that is if we submit and surrender our life's to the Holy Spirit also known as the Comforter, The Spirit of Truth etc. Jesus said unless we are born again we can not see the Kingdom of God in John 3:3 The challenge for me is to allow myself to be yelided to the Holy Spirit everyday. This has been missing in my Walk with the Lord and this my dear friends is The True life of the Spirit. Romans 8:14 - For as many as are Led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God. Living a life whereby we mature from milk to meat requires being led by the Spirit of God meaning you grow in your walk with the Person of the Holy Spirit. This is also how we avoid deception and the deceiver who is Satan himself. 2 Cor 11:3 - But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Be encourage Brothers and Sisters and let us live life's worthy of our calling.
Happy New Year 2015!!!
The One Jesus Loves ...
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us? I said, “Here I am. Send me. And he said, Yes, go, and say to this people,
‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.Watch closely, but learn nothing. Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes.That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.