Will we be fooled?

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you ahead of time.”  Matthew 24:24-25.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Samuel 13-14, and Matthew 24.

Can I handle this?

I’m being warned that in the future there will be those who are trying to deceive me.  They will seem to be something they aren’t.  They will perform some amazing things.  BUT they aren’t of God.

I’m supposed to know the difference.  How?  Not seeing them in action (yet) I can’t be sure of what will give their authenticity away.  I suspect that they will direct me away from the God of the Bible.  They will try to disparage the God of the Bible.

I don’t think that I can relax and assume that I will accurately sort out what’s going on.  Over and over, I insist that my life must be lived in tight relationship with God.  I must seek Him in His Word and I must seek Him in my prayers.  I must know Him.  As Jesus said, “My sheep will know my voice.”  A shallow relationship with Him will leave me open to “other” voices.

“Lord, take every inch of me over, right now.  I need You not only this day but, after reading today’s verses, in the future as well.  Protect me from deception, I beg.  Prick my conscience when I am off course.  I want to please You.  I want to get it right, now and in the future.  Help me, I plead.”

I will NOT be able to handle the future with a loose relationship to God.  Too much deception coming.

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