Monday, January 26, 2009

I know I already wrote today, but I had to share some things I got today from Nancy Leigh DeMoss's radio program. She is doing a series on Deception and Discernment. Man oh man, it's good stuff. I listen to it on my laptop, through That is how I listen to all my radio preachers/teachers now days. That way, instead of missing it at the time it is actually on the radio, because I am asleep, or whatever, I can go there, type in the speaker, and voila, I can listen. She sucked me in by talking about the Trojan Horse. We have done a study on that in our school, so I have always enjoyed listening to some one's idea's on that story. She starts out in Genesis, about the serpent deceiving Eve, and why the serpent went to the woman in the first place, even though the man was there, it was the woman that was deceived. He enticed her with promises of knowledge, promises of wisdom....promises. Something that sounded good, sounded good for her. But Nancy goes on to show in the scripture how we cannot blame Satan for deceiving us. God holds us accountable for what deceives us. We are deceived because we choose to be. She calls attention to what the serpent says, when he says, "Did God really say .......?" People still do that today, you know? When they are discussing something they are doing that they know is wrong, they will question it, with something like, "did they do that in Bible days?" As if the Bible is not relevant to what they are doing now! That is why so many people turn their backs on what they know to be right. Not because they don't believe it to be wrong, as much as they enjoy what they are doing and don't want to give it up!

As Nancy points out, people still will ask "Has God really said that marriage is a permanent, lifetime covenant between a man and a woman, regardless of what Supreme Courts in our states may say to the contrary? Has God really said that sex is beautiful in marriage, but not to be participated in outside of marriage? Has God really said? That seems so strange. That seems so outdated. That seems so unfair. That seems so limited. That seems so exclusive. Has God really said wives reverence and submit to your husbands?" No way! Check out Titus 2!! "What country are you from? What generation, what century are you from? This is the 21st century. Get a life! Has God really said? Has God really said if anyone sins against you, forgive him?"

In order for us not to be deceived, we need to be so filled with the spirit, that when something is wrong, it sticks out to us!! As wrong!! Which means, people, we need to be reading the word of God on a regular basis. If we are not, how can we catch the deceit? Where's the filter we run things through? OK, so you don't read alot. Do you make an effort to listen to good teaching?? At least one radio preacher? TV preacher? Anything?? The bottom line is you are responsible for your delusion. If you are not making an effort to grow in the word, God says he will turn you over to delusion. “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing [look at this] because they refused to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10). Look at verses 11-12, “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” There you have it folks. You can't blame anyone for your own delusion!! You choose the pleasure over what is right, and you will be held accountable. You can't be playing the blame game here. You want to live your life the way you want to live it, no accountability. So, it is easier to say, "where is that in the Bible?" If the truth was known, I would venture to say, that most folks know that what they are doing is wrong. But to admit they know, well, that is a bit harder, and would mean accepting responsibility for what they are doing. They would rather live their life, make their choices, "have fun". I'll get right with God later, maybe. We are choosing deception, over truth. We have all seen it. People make jokes about it. "Come on over to the dark side.....we have cookies!" The truth is, people are still living the "if it feels good do it" philosophy, and trying to rationalize it. I say, read the bible folks. Read it enough to know what it says about things, so that when the latest media celebrity comes out and says "my bible says this", you will know if he is actually reading the bible!!

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