In Matthew 24 Jesus warns us to take heed that no one deceived you. The Holy Spirit tells us that in the latter days (end of days) that some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, Jesus spoke of the time of great apostasy (the abandoned of faith in God) where one’s own mind will be set fire and destroyed by lies and deception.
When we are deceived, we can be controlled and let astray from truth. This happens both in the world and spiritually. So, there is a significance to Jesus warning abs we need to understand why Jesus would warn not to be deceived. Some of us take this warning lightly, believing that we cannot be fooled. Those who take this warning light,t should be the ones most alert for deception. Take heed , there are many believers being deceived today by people who say that they are working on the Lord’s behalf, but they misinform, lie and deceive many.
So, the question that we should ask is, how do we as believers, combat being deceived? Here are a few steps I believe the believer should take to better prevent themselves from being deceived.
The first thing we should all do is a spirit Che j. Whenever you hear someone preach about spiritual discernment. Make sure they reference scripture. In 1 John 4:1-4, John’s first epistle you’ll find that there are a couple of reasons that lead to one being deceived and it all begins in the spirit. The first reason, someone’s spirit is already willing to accept or believe what it is being fed, The second reason: we do not truly meditate on a thought spiritually. I go back after any sermon I hear and reread the reference scriptures that were mentioned during the sermon. Or follow along with them in my Bible.
John wrote that we should not believe every spirit but test the spirits (others) because many false prophets (teachers) have gone out into the world ( 1 John 4:1). As believers, we should test every spirit (meaning every word we hear or read) by the spirit that resides in us. Those who are of the Spirit of God, I want you to understand that God’s spirit (the Holy Spirit) is what resided inside your inner soul. ( 1 John 4:4). So, all of us as believers should commune with the spirit that dwells inside of us. If we are meditating and communing with the Lord, how can we be led astray?
Go To The Source
A lot of times, we take what we hear from someone at face value. (We don’t meditate on it nor question it). Many times, much of the information that we consume both in the world or even spiritually co es second hand. Oftentimes we don’t check the source and just assume it is true. It’s like “Oh it’s on the internet or the media so it must be true.” Often that is not the case. We are supposed to study diligently, always seeking to understand and find out the truth.
In other words , we must study and research. We cannot be lazy in doing this. In Timothy 4:13 Paul said, give attention reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. He also wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15 to be “Diligent to present yourself to God rightly dividing the word of truth.” Peter also advised, “be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble ( 2 Peter 1:10).
Sadly many of us stumble or are deceived because we do not put time into our research and study. We cannot simply accept everything we hear. So we must meditate but not only should we meditate, we should study and research. Go directly to the source. When it is something spiritual especially be sure to open up your Bible and study.
With all the chaos in the world. Don’t take anyone’s word at face value. And don’t let anyone tell you how you should act or believe. Do Not Be Deceived.
Seek Wisdom From Those You Trust Most
The third thing I suggest is that we seek wise counsel from those we trust most. We should surround ourselves with others who are genuine to the faith in word and deed ( Philippians 2:2; Romans 15:5). At the same time, it is of the utmost importance that you surround yourself with those who are also wise in doctrine. We all have times when we do not understand something clearly. Instead of figuring things out by ourselves, there is a reason that theLord has put those people around you. Solomon said, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).
Follow Your Heart
This means a great deal, what lies in your heart and what you believe in your heart is of the utmost importance. You see, what lies there and what you believe in is what we use to determine truth or lie.
If it feels wrong to you, it probably is. I call this unction. Listen to that still small voice.