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          “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not be partakers with them.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret” (Ephesians 5:6-12 NKJV).

            The way of the Lord is not always the way of man.  Isaiah wrote, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). “Being Deceived” by Satan and the world often happens when a Christian makes and clings to friends who are not Christians. Paul taught, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17). The deceiver used the word of God just enough to make himself seem righteous (Genesis 3:1-5). Like the false teachers in the book of Galatians, deceivers pervert the way of the Lord, in a very subtle way, so that they appear to be credible (Galatians 1:6-9; 5:4). Jesus stated, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

            Paul warned Titus that many deceivers would try to destroy the Lord’s people. He stated, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake” (Titus 1:10-11). John referred to these deceivers and stated, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (II John 1:7). In his letter to Timothy, Paul warned that God’s people would be persecuted and that evil men would deceive God’s church.  He wrote, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (II Timothy 3:12-13).   

            In our world today many have deceived themselves into believing the lies of Satan. James wrote, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22-25 NKJV). Some are indifferent to the truth and therefore embrace the lie rather than to stand for the truth, the inspired word of God.  John wrote, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Revelation 21:7-9 NKJV).

            The world tells us that there is no “absolute truth” so that it makes no difference what is believed. John stated, “Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). He also stated concerning the word of God: “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).  The words of Jesus tell us clearly that it does make a difference.  He stated, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21; John 12:48). Sincerity cannot change the destiny of those who are deceived into believing a lie. Paul was sincere, yet, he was wrong in his treatment of the brethren. He wrote, “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by His grace” (Galatians 1:13-15).

            Paul told the brethren in Galatia “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). The importance of studying and proving the things of God is clearly seen in the scripture. Paul told Timothy to study and obey the scripture in order to receive approval from God (II Timothy 2:15). The people of Berea were commended by Luke for searching the scriptures and proving what they heard (Acts 17:10-12). John wrote, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (II John 1:9). Are you “Being Deceived” or are you allowing God to direct your path?

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