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Do Not Be Deceived

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But thanks be to God, that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness." Romans 6:17-18

The devil is a master of deception - he doesnít come to you with a sign around his neck saying, -"Hello, Iím the devil and I am here to deceive you." The Bible says that Satan appears as a messenger of light and that his ministers come as ministers of light, though they are really minions of the kingdom of darkness, of lies and destruction.

The Apostle Paul taught that Satan and his demons are lying spirits who speak lies into our conscientiousness and exhorted the Church to capture every thought and subject it to the obedience of Christ Jesus who is the Living Word of God, -"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thought raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete." (2 Cor.10)

Thoughts received turn into beliefs which we eventually hold as truth and put into practice.Oftentimes demonic thoughts come into our minds through the words of others and always sound good at first hearing. But if a thought will not hold up to Bible evaluation it is from the devil and is designed to destroy you.

 Recently I noticed that when a person I am acquainted with was asked to describe their religious views they answered, "Jesus Saves." Now the statement itself is absolutely true, however it did not answer the question. "Religion" by definition means "way of life" so the answer must explain what standard you live your life to. Some religions are founded in belief in God or gods, while others are founded in the teachings of men such as Buddhism. Since every person has a way of life, everyone practices a religion of some sort - even atheists live according to some standard which they believe is right.

 The devil and his demons know and believe that Jesus saves. -"You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?" (Ja.2) If my friend was motivated by not wanting to be associated with a particular Christian denomination, a better answer would have been, "Jesus is Lord." To offer this description would be a recognition that Jesus is not only their Savior, but also the Lord of their life.

But it is much easier to say "Jesus Saves" than "Jesus is Lord" because the latter means that you understand that you must obey Him and examine your life to see if you are.

 As todayís text says, Christians were once sinners who were slaves of sin but repented from practicing sin and became slaves of righteousness who are committed to that form of teaching from the heart.

We cannot leave such a subject without first understanding who Jesus saves. All Christians know that Jesus came to save sinners - but are all sinners saved? And if not all sinners are going to be saved, then who are and why?

The Apostle Peter asks this question himself, -"For it is time for Judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the Gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous are saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?" (1 Pet.4)

The times of ignorance have passed,-"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent." (Act.17)

Anyone who wants to be saved must first repent from their sins and follow Jesus according to His Word. Jesus said, -"I tell you. . .unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13)

There is no salvation without repentance - be not deceived.

 

 

 

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