07/31 – Destroying Deception

Let me start this today’s thought by asking, What is TRUTH? Understanding Real Truth begins when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

When you decide to follow Christ, that is “ to become a Christian” to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, you begin to come into the truth.

As you follow the Christian way, you will be daily lead into the truth, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

As God’s Word states, “the truth will set you free”. Jesus states in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life…”.

God’s Word “the Bible” is truth…it is alive and active and as we read and study it (His Word) the Holy Spirit will bring forth, revelation, understanding, truth and direction, yes, discernment of right and wrong.

It’s time we become serious about deception. 2 Timothy 4:3, NLT “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”

God’s Word, instructs us how to destroy deception in ones life, as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NLT) We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.

We as believers can be protected from deception when we put on the whole armor of God, as stated in Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…

…Verse 13, Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth (belt of TRUTH), and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Feet of Peace); Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

As we look in 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are told of three ways to get rid of deception in ones life:

  • “Casting down imaginations, and
  • every high thing, that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and
  • bringing into captivity, every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

In a commentary, it was stated like this…the Greek word for “imaginations,” is rendered and we have the noun derived from the verb rendered “think,” or reckon, in 2 Corinthians 10:2. It would be better, perhaps, to carry on the continuity by rendering it thoughts, or even reckonings. Bringing into captivity every thought.

Our thoughts are very important, for they are what we use, to make up our actions.

—The verb is used by Apostle Paul, again in Romans 7:23; 2 Timothy 3:6.6 There can be no doubt that “the obedience of Christ “means “obedience to Christ,” and it had better, therefore, be so translated.

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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