John 17:17 (The only recorded prayer of Yeshua, specifically for us, just before He was arrested. All of chapter 17.)
Set them apart for holiness by means of the Truth, Your Word is Truth.
I can’t think of anything that human beings feel more insulted by than the suggestion that they are deceived. Meaning they are not right, either in their thinking, actions or conclusions. To not be right, means to be wrong. In regards to who is God, there is no grey area. One is either right, or erroneously wrong; either by deception or out-right rejection. Satan is the prime example of the latter, his followers (demons, minions) as well. Most human beings fall into the former. Not all, but most. If this is truth, what does that say about 90% of humanity since the creation of the world? We know that Eve was the first, Adam the second. These two are clearly written of in this context. (Gen. 3) Yet if one reads the whole of God’s Word (The Truth, Bible) the pattern clearly points to how a first thought, knowing right from wrong, gets made in error to the deception of all that follow. The head of every lie is demonic. The head of all Truth is of God. The life that follows lies, is one of deception. The Life that follows God is one of Truth.
You belong to your father, Satan, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. From the start he was a murderer, he has never stood by the Truth, because there is no Truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is speaking in character; because he is a liar – indeed the inventor of the Lie! But as for Me, because I tell the Truth you don’t believe Me. Which one of you can show Me where I’m wrong? If I’m telling the Truth, why don’t you believe Me? Whoever belongs to God listens to what God says; the reason you don’t listen is that you don’t belong to God.
There are those who are deceived as a result of the teachers who raised them, never having had the Truth to give them. Purely deceived.
There are those who have been given Truth, and rejected it. Usually this rejection comes from their own lack of truly seeking to know the Truth. Excuses, and often pain that distorts the mind to blame God lures them into deceptions abyss. Peer pressure adds fuel to the fire. Love of what little good this world has to offer becomes it’s kindling. The center of one’s comforts and convenience become idols that they are not even aware they’ve errected. Every thought flows from self out and lands on the self ultimately. It’s preservation, protection, comfort, desires, perspectives and beliefs. There are very “good” people who fall into this category. After all it makes us feel good to be good. The definition of good becomes the ultimate deception.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter.
I believe the last category of human deception is one who has possibly went through all these stages, and somewhere opened their souls up to the enemy of God, thus leading ultimately to the worst kind of decieved, crossing over to rejector and collaborator with the enemy. No longer having the ability to perceive the Truth at all or ever again, thus becoming supremely lost.
The reason God took it upon Himself to reach down towards us, to teach us about Himself and how He made us and all things was because; He knew we needed to know the Truth in order not to be deceived. Having done all He could to show us the way, out of love, He left the choice up to us. This is why the responsibility now lays upon us to not be decieved. There is no blame to be heard in heaven. No excuses will find themselves pure. No one will be an exception.
But be careful not to let yourselves be seduced, so that you turn aside, serving other gods and worshiping them.
He is relying on ashes! A deceived heart has led him astray; so that now he won’t save himself, he just won’t say “This thing in my hand is a fraud!”
Let him not rely on futile methods, thereby deceiving himself, for what he will receive in exchange will be only futility.
Yeshua replied: ” Watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you!
1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one fool himself. If someone among you thinks he is wise by this world’s standards, let him become foolish so that he may become really wise.
I Corinthians 6:9
Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves…
Don’t delude yourselves: no one makes a fool of God! A person reaps what he sows.
2 Timothy 3:12-13
And indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted, while evil people and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.
James 1:22; 26
Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Words says, but do it!
Anyone who thinks he is religiously observant but does not control his tongue is deceiving himself, and his observance counts for nothing.
1 Peter 2:1
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy, and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people.
1 John 1:8
If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the Truth in not in us.
1 John 5:21
Children, guard yourselves against false gods!
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most pure trust, and pray in union with the Holy Spirit. Thus, keeping yourselves in God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to give you mercy that leads to eternal life.
Right here is where so many controversies have arisen. If it’s up to us, then we must be able to save ourselves! As all lies, there is a spot of Truth in such statements. In that there is nothing apart from God we can do to keep ourselves from being deceived. The “keys to the Kingdom” so to speak is that the Holy Spirit has now taken the reins of our hearts, minds and souls; us having entered in to the covenant of God, covered by the Blood of Yeshua, and dying daily, as He did, to ourselves, rising daily, as He did, to the works of the Spirit now living within us. Anyone with this Truth written on their foreheads, hearts and souls understands that our part to serve God, because He IS God, has nothing to do with our “self-guided” efforts, but lands wholly on the grace of God that gives us His mind, His Spirit to carry out His will. It is a deceived heart that debates this issue. One attempting to elude the responsibility of our every word, action, thought – our lives saying “Yeshua is the Son of the Living God, He died, rose again, and conquered all other gods in His human flesh with the power of the obedience to His Father; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I Am that I Am, Yeshua, The Way, The Truth, The Life!” Every bit of all we are and have should scream the Truth of what our mouths say we believe, because God is God. Only unconvinced people say they believe with their mouth but do nothing to train their flesh to acknowledge the Truth. And if unconvinced, God says He, Himself, will convince them if they seek Him. So no excuses are made as provision to one who places themselves in the position to be decieved.
We’ve been given a Living active Word, that transcends time, making itself trustworthy for the present, past, and future all at the same time, to lead, guide and protect His child. Protect them from the Deceiver. Who will relentlessly attempt to do just that, with the perfection of his craft, until we take our last breath in this mortal body. To top that off, Yeshua was sent to pay the debt of our mishaps in attempts to actively live what we say we believe with our actions. The Spirit was given to activate the ability to carry out the fruits of the Spirit we then possess as we claim His Mastery and Kingship over our lives. He continues to speak to us, and have relationship with us, as in the garden, and promises to return to bring us back to completion – whole of mind, body and spirit, His Image in us perfected. Anything short of this, is deception, and we are made to know that it is and capable to turning away from it, rejecting the deception instead of the Truth. Thus, remaining awake! Lamps full of oil and ready to meet the Groom! Watchful, wakeful, alert, ready and helping others to be the same, knowing the time and season of His return – ready. Holding Him high as the only Truth, Way and Life, with honor in all circumstances no matter what it costs us.
If He is God, why would anything less be acceptable?
Are you taking responsibility to remain awake, or awaken in these last days? God is keeping His part of the deal, you and I must keep ours. Being susceptible to deceit, is a reality we must be ready to see and address with immediacy. If we stay insulted by the thought that we are deceived, we will be deceived far greater with each day, and run the risk of remaining so until the Day, when it will be too late to take responsibility to turn to God ever again.
These are the days we live in, he who has ears, let him hear…
🔯 May we raise our eyes to the hills, from where our help comes from; our help comes from Adonai, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. He will not let our foot slip – our Guardian is not asleep. No, our Guardian of Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Adonai is our Guardian, at our right hand Adonai provides us with shade – the sun can’t strike us during the day or even the moon at night. Adonai will guard us against all harm; He will guard our life. Adonai will guard our coming and going from now on and forever! 🔯