Watch Out for False Teachers
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”Matthew 24:3-4
Jesus was telling his apostles, as we approach end times that we should not be deceived. Satan is the master at deception and people that don’t know the Word or God will by default live in Satan’s deceptions. The only way not to be deceived is to know the Word and not lean on our justification.
The man of lawlessness will some day rule the world and he will claim to be God, and the false prophet will cause miracles from Satan to deceive the people. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5) Many people who don’t the Word will see the man of lawlessness as God.
Mankind has a tendency to believe what agrees with his on approval, and Satan knows mankind’s sinful nature, that is why Jesus said, we should not be deceived. We overcome deception by living in God’s will and we pray that the Lord be our judge and change us if anything in our life is displeasing to him. We cannot depend on our own judgment!
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:3-4) The apostle Paul didn’t rely on judging himself, but prayed that the Lord would judge him, and he depended on the Lord to change him. We should all follow Paul’s advice and let the Lord be our judge, because we are all biased toward our own justification.
If we strive to do the Lord’s will according to his Word, following the Spirit, and let the Lord be our judge; we will not be deceived. Our faith must fully trust the Lord no matter what he calls us to do, otherwise we will lean own our own understanding, which is trying to share the throne with God. We live according to God’s will, and anything we decide to do, we take it to the Lord and pray it is within his will. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Today don’t let Satan deceive you, or let him trigger your emotions, causing you do something that is not pleasing to the Lord.
Prayer: Guide me always to know your Truth, and never be deceived by Satan or by my own justification. In Jesus name, Amen