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Be Alert for Deception

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As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. Tell us, they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you.

Matthew 24:3

The answer Jesus gave to his apostles about the end of the age was, “watch out that no one deceives you.” Today there are many people living in Satan’s deception, including some people in the churches. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. (Revelations 12:9) Satan is the father of lies, and he leads the whole world astray.

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) Satan is very convincing with his deception because he knows the weakness of mankind. He will express himself and an angel of light, and he will feed our justification with his lies so that we are unaware of being deceived.  This is the plan Satan has to deceive us, justifying our own desires over God’s will.

“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die. You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3: 1-5) This is basis of Satan deceptions. He plants a question in our minds about God’s command. Then he lies about the consequence if you eat of the forbidden fruit, and it is a good consequence of being like God.  This is tactic of all of Satan’s deception, plants a thought in our minds and lies about the consequences from God; and we justify our action, because it is pleasing to our flesh. Satan plants a temptation that we can easily justify.

Today know that all sin comes for Satan, and he will try to deceive you by pleasing your flesh. Today don’t let the desires of the flesh take over the power of the Spirit.  Pray whenever you are least be uncomfortable with your choice.

Prayer: Lord help me to overcome the sinful power of the flash and live in the power of the Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen