9/13/17 Don't Be Deceived
In today’s world, there are many opportunities to see the deception many people function in. People fight for things that are firmly against God’s Word with rabid zeal, unable to see the impact their ideas have - especially in eternity. As a husband and father, you must know God and His Word, or you will be deceived and become a blind guide for your family.
The most fascinating - and at the same time most horrendous - thing about deception is its insidiousness. I apologize for sending a two dollar word your way, but it makes the point so well. The word "insidious" has several definitions - awaiting a chance to entrap; harmful but enticing; having a gradual and cumulative effect; and developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent.
Satan is no fool. Without God on our side, we are no match for him. Deception is a major weapon in his hands and all you need to do is look around you to see how well it's working - and that's in regard to what you can see. Don't be fooled; you are not invulnerable. I believe one of the enemy's tactics is to throw a blatant deception your way, which you catch; and then sneak an imperceptible (extremely slight, gradual or subtle) one through the back door.
It is only the grace of God and His keeping power that saves us from deception. Yes, we must know our God and His Word intimately, but we must also have childlike faith that He will reveal the deception to us - sometimes before and sometimes after the fact, depending on what He wants to teach us. It's our only hope. Be encouraged!
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