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ARE YOU DECEIVED

In Matthew Jesus said concerning the last days, that we should not let anyone deceive us. He repeated this statement more than once. Why is that so important? There is a lot of deception in the world today, in words, in looks, in appearances, etc. It is very easy for us to be "fooled" (deceived). There is one way for us to keep from being so easily deceived and that is by knowing and doing what God’s Word says. If He says do it - then do it. If He says don’t do it - then don’t do it. Be careful of compromise. God never said we were to compromise with evil. He did say we were to stand against it in the name of Jesus. Let us live our lives by faith in God and in His light which is His Word.

COMPROMISE

Why did Jesus, through John the Revelator, say to the church at Laodicea that they were not hot or cold? They had compromised the truth. They had allowed unrighteousness to be mixed with righteousness and therefore they did not stand for or against anything. They were useless as lights in this world. God said they made Him sick and He would vomit them out of His mouth. God does not like compromise. You have heard the saying, "my way or the highway". That is exactly God’s thought. We must be careful of compromising our God given righteousness with unrighteousness.

COMPROMISE

In Matthew Jesus said concerning the last days, that we should not let anyone deceive us. He repeated this statement more than once. Why is that so important? There is a lot of deception in the world today, in words, in looks, in appearances, etc. It is very easy for us to be "fooled" (deceived). There is one way for us to keep from being so easily deceived and that is by knowing and doing what God’s Word says. If He says do it - then do it. If He says don’t do it - then don’t do it. Be careful of compromise. God never said we were to compromise with evil. He did say we were to stand against it in the name of Jesus. Let us live our lives by faith in God and in His light which is His Word.

THE ROCK

Now and in the days ahead we must always remember that Jesus is the Rock and that He is higher than our problems. Psalm 61:1-4 (KJV)

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will cry unto to thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

TEACH ME

May we allow God to teach us His ways so that we may walk in His truth. Psalm 86:10-12 (KJV)

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things; thou art God alone. Teach me thy way O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

DIRECTIONS

As we journey down life’s road, there are many things that happen, choices that must be made, and side trails that look interesting. Sometimes these things are harmless and sometimes they have disastrous outcomes. We must let the Bible give us directions and let the Holy Spirit guide us in the paths we take and the decisions we make. If we make a wrong decision, do not feel like a failure. Repent and return to God who will dust you off, set you back on your feet, and send you on your way with a smile. God loves us and wants us to be full of joy and blessed, so let us turn our backs on things that are "suspect" and follow Him as we walk by faith day by day.

EYES ON GOD

Lot’s poor choices almost destroyed him. By faith Abram prayed for Lot. The faith of Abram and the goodness of God delivered him to safety. What is the point of this? If you have a situation that seems impossible, don’t quit praying. Pray the Word. God is listening and watching. We do not pray the problem, we pray the answer to the problem. When the answer seems impossible to find, pray the prayer that Jehosaphat prayed in II Chronicles. In his prayer, he said we are surrounded by enemy armies and we don’t know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE ON YOU. Keep your eyes on God who is the answer, not on the problems and walk by faith.