Do Not Be Deceived

— Ron Servant

 

There are many different forms of evil in this world. There are some forms of evil that can make certain people think they had no creator. They believe that they can live their lives any way they want to. They have become so deceived by the evil of this world that they live lives full of sin. No, I do not intend to judge these people, but we all need at times to be corrected when we are wrong. The main thing we should do is to love our neighbors no matter what circumstances or at whatever the cost.

There is another form of evil that has others deceived and that is they believe they evolved from monkeys or some other species of animal. I believe this is a total disgrace to the God of heaven and earth. This would certainly insult the intelligence of the True God who created us all.

There is another form of evil that some people have been caught up by in their lives. This is that people could care less about their neighbors. They are self-centered.

There is another form of evil that is common with many people. They tend to serve their pocketbooks rather than to dedicate their lives to help others who are in need.

There is an evil that some people do not believe in God. Some of them tend to believe in other religions that do not recognize the Word of God – the Bible – as the truth. There are many religions that serve idols and there are also religious cults that deceive people. Like a leader of a group of people who claim they are a prophet of God, or claim to be the son of God, Jesus Christ. These are nothing but what the Bible calls false prophets.

There have been in the past people who have followed these cults to the point of death. For those who worship idols, the Bible has a commandment we should follow.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth. (Exodus 20:3-4)

We always need to be aware of false religions and those who worship other things than the true God, so we will not become deceived. These people would rather worship false religions than to know the truth of God’s loving forgiveness that only comes through the salvation of Jesus my savior, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, for us to not be deceived, we need to know the truth of God’s Word and what it says about false teaching so we can tell the difference from the truth and Satan’s lies.

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish  because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.  (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

We can see when looking at these scriptures that many people will choose to follow after Satan and his lies of deception. Many people will believe that man himself can make his own future without God. My friends, people who think this way, they are lost – so lost that they believe that the world will never come to an end. They will also follow after other false religions. Many people, unfortunately, will never know the truth of God’s word. They will refuse to believe that God’s word is the final say so over the beginning and the ending of this world, so that Christ can usher in his kingdom that will last forever. Therefore, it is good to know what the book of Revelation says about God’s kingdom and the end of Satan and his lies and the destruction he has done and will do to people’s lives.

We should learn and know that those of us who do not have the Holy Spirit cannot understand the Word of God. We also need to have the Holy Spirit to discern the truth from the false religions that are in the world.

We can also know if we are being led by the Holy Spirit. We can know that the Holy Spirit can help us know how to apply the word of God to our lives and we will also be able to hear God speak to us through the scriptures through the Holy Spirit. We must recognize that all of God’s word was given to us by the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit.

We can know if we read the scriptures that the Word of God came not from man’s own interpretation. We cannot know the truth of God’s word without the Holy Spirit leading and guiding us. It is the Holy Spirit which gives us insight and understanding of the Lord’s word. We cannot possibly lean on our own understanding and expect to know the meaning of God’s word.

Above all you must understand that no prophecy of scriptures came about by the prophet’s own interpretation for prophecy never had its origin in the will of man; but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  (2 Peter 1:20-21)

Therefore, the word of God was written by men as they were taught by the Holy Spirit what to write.

The word of God will speak to us when we search for God with all our hearts and minds. We can hear God speak to us by the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit when the words of the scriptures are in our hearts and minds. It is through the scriptures he is able to communicate to us the message he wants us to hear. The scriptures cannot be understood by our own understanding but we can only understand the scriptures by the divine guidance and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We can know by the word of God that he can teach us what to do in different or even difficult situations. We know by reading the scriptures that there were prophets all throughout the Old Testament. Chosen men of God to give a message so men could understand God’s will for their lives. There were also disciples who were chosen by the Lord to spread the gospel throughout the world the message of Christ’s salvation. How else could a prophet be a prophet unless he was not led by the Holy Spirit? How could a prophet prophesy without the Holy Spirit and how could a person know that the message came from God without the Holy Spirit being present?

Men who were chose to be prophets in the Old Testament and the men who were chosen by Christ to be disciples and even John the Baptist, were led by the Holy Spirit to see visions and revelations of things going on in the world today. They were things that had not even happened yet. It was also Christ who was written about that he taught about prophecies that had not even happened yet. In the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, starting in chapter two, Daniel explains how he was called to reveal a dream that the King of Babylon, whose name was King Nebuchadnezzar, had dreamed. This dream troubled the king greatly and he did not know or understand the meaning of the dream. The king called for all the wise men to be brought before him to interpret the dream. He called for the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and diviners. These men as we know today and according to other scriptures throughout the New Testament are called false prophets. The king was deceived in thinking that these wise men who were false prophets could reveal the dream’s meaning. Later on in this chapter, it is seen that only Daniel could reveal the dream. He was a chosen prophet of God and had the ability to reveal dreams and visions of things to come. He was the only one who could reveal the dream.

The main point of this passage of scripture is to know the difference between the truth of God’s word and that anything else outside of God’s word is lies. We who know Christ as our Savior should be able, if we have studied God’s word, to tell the difference between the truth and the lies. Especially the lies that come from the different beliefs and religions that are of the world. We must be careful that we are not deceived.

Now, the scriptures can also be falsely interpreted. This is why it is so important to have the Holy Spirit. There are many different church denominations who try to understand the scriptures without the Holy Spirit. These different denominations will lead many people to become deceived. The word of God must be studied in a way that includes all the scriptures.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God and this is the spirit of antichrist whereof ye have heard that it should come and even now already is it in the world.  (1 John 4:1-3)

There are many different doctrines of belief. There are some who believe that Christ was a great teacher and nothing more. There is another doctrine that believes not in the trinity of the Godhead. They do not believe the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost are one. There is another belief that believes you must be water baptized to be saved. My friends, you are saved by the blood that Jesus shed upon the cross. Therefore, if we know what the Bible says and believe everything that is written in the word of God, we cannot be deceived.

 

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