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{ Day 168 }.

Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts … lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. —Ephesians 4:22; Hebrews 3:13

Have you ever thought about why we sin? Sin produces immediate pleasure. It gives a physical, spiritual, and emotional rush. We do not sin out of obligation. We sin because we believe that it will provide a pleasure that is superior to the pleasure of obedience to God. The power of temptation rests on a deceptive promise that sin will bring more satisfaction than living for God. The Word of God calls this promise the deceitfulness of sin or the deceitful lusts. We will only win the battle of temptation as we enjoy God. The Holy Spirit is setting forth the beauty of God in Jesus Christ so that we might become enticed by a holy affection whose power rivals the power of our sin.


Father, remove from me the desire for instant gratification. Keep far from me the temptation for giving in to the pleasures of the moment. My only pleasure is in doing the will of my Father God.

The secret to conquering sin is satisfaction in God.


Be Prayerful and Careful.

Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.
Deuteronomy 11:16

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Mark 13:21-23 ( )

Does a deceived person know he or she is deceived? By definition, No. It is, in fact, possible to be deceived about deception. For instance, many Christians are not aware that, while the coming Antichrist is an individual human person, there is a spirit of the Antichrist already let loose in the world causing many to be deceived (1 John 4:1-3).

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The spirit of the Antichrist is, of course, Satan — “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44, NIV). Satan’s native language is lies, and his primary methodology is deception by counterfeiting the truth.

To miss a target by an inch has the same result as missing by a mile, and Satan is satisfied with an inch’s — worth of error in what he promotes on earth. Satan’s main tactic in spiritual warfare is to misrepresent the Word and character of God.

And the closer we get to the end of the age, the more deception he will attempt to foist on the human race.

Go slow, be careful and prayerful, and test everything by patience and the Word of God. Ask God to examine what you believe and to confirm by His Word any error (Psalm 139:23-24).

The fundamental deception of Satan is the lie that obedience can never bring happiness.
R. C. Sproul

2 Chronicles 25-28

By David Jeremiah.

How Would You Know if You Were Believing a Strong Delusion?.


I was once deceived. Or, you might say, I’ve been deceived more than once.

Like you, I was deceived before I was saved. My plan was to live however I wanted, repent when I got into my 40s and start going to church. I figured all would be well with my soul when I was ready to stop living in sin. God, in His mercy, had different plans for me. He encountered me in an undeniable way when I was 30, broke the deception and delivered me from evil.

Soon, though, I fell into another deceptive pit in a hyper-apostolic church that publicly taught “God, family, ministry” but secretly demanded, “Ministry, ministry, ministry.” Our Bibles literally fell open to Ephesians 4:11. And we spelled apostolic like this: w-o-r-k. This deception crept in through unbalanced—even extreme—teachings and superhuman expectations that wearied the saints.

When I began to question the status quo, they told me I was deceived. Ironically, I only escaped this abusive church after I began praying for God to break the deception over my mind. See, when the deception accusation came, I knew I was indeed deceived. I just didn’t know if I was deceived by the church or deceived by wanting to escape it.

Strong Delusions Rising

Deception—and even the strong delusions that will characterize the end times (2 Thess. 2:11)—is already rising in the body of Christ. And it’s far beyond the much-hyped prosperity gospel that mimics New Age philosophies in pursuit of the mighty dollar. Mind you, I’m not against prosperity, and indeed I’m very prosperous. But the love of money is a root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10), and too many prosperity preachers have fallen into deception by getting caught up in the Babylonian paradigm instead of seeking first the kingdom.

Yes, there is a strong delusion manifesting in the church today that goes far beyond the much-hyped prosperity gospel. As Steve Hill pointed out in his recent article, “The 7 Great Lies in the Church Today,” there’s also an exaggerated view of grace, antinomianism, the deification of man, the challenge of the authority of the Word, the rejection of hell and universal reconciliation.

How do these (and other) deceptions creep in? And how can you guard yourself from strong delusion? One way is to take heed to the many warnings sounding out from prophetic voices in this generation—and in the Bible. Jesus warned us not to be deceived. Paul warned us not to be deceived. Peter warned us not to be deceived. John warned us not to be deceived. James warned us not to be deceived. You can hardly read a chapter in the New Testament that doesn’t issue a warning against deception. And yet deception is dominating some camps in the church.

Accepting Charismatic Heresy

Again, what’s going on? Deception is a major sign of the last days, and we’re seeing deception rise at a rapid clip as megachurch preachers stand before the masses, preach heresy and sell thousands of books. The saints heap praise on false apostles, false prophets and false teachers. Pride is driving people, many of whom aren’t even called into fivefold ministry, to don extravagant titles like “Official Prophetess” and “Chief Apostle Bishop Dr.” and “Master Prophet Bishop.” What happened to the bondservants? The lack of discernment in the body of Christ is disturbing. Where are the lovers of the truth (2 Thess. 2:10)?

How do you protect yourself from the spirit of error? I believe being a student of the Word is one safeguard against deception. Paul told Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). Right after that, he spoke of Hymenaeus and Philetus, who had “strayed concerning the truth” and were “saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some” (2 Tim. 2:18). In other words, they were preaching a false gospel.

Charismatic heretics are overthrowing the faith of some even now, preaching a false gospel. That’s why you can’t just be a lover of the Word someone else preaches. You have to study the Word yourself. You have to measure every message you read or hear against the Word of God for yourself. Don’t just check to see if the Scripture is in your Bible, but study its meaning in the context of the chapter, book and entire Bible. When you do, much of the heresy is quickly discerned. But the church at large is lukewarm and lazy, preferring to feast on flashy sermons without lifting a finger to open their own Bibles.

A Prayer Challenge

I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve been praying about this for years now. I started praying for God to break deception off my mind and to guard me from deception several years ago. Again, I don’t have all the answers. But God has granted me discernment to escape much of the “religion” and deception that has risen in the church in this hour. And I am grateful for that grace.

See, the problem with deception is that you don’t know you are deceived. If you knew you were deceived, you’d walk away from the lie and embrace the truth. Lovers of the truth are less likely to be deceived, but anyone can fall into deception. And if you think you are above the possibility of falling into deception, you are walking in a deception called pride. So I challenge you: Begin to pray for God to break off any deception that has clouded your soul. Beseech Him by His mercy to deliver you from the grip of deception, to shine light on your mind and to give you discernment.

If you aren’t deceived, that prayer won’t hurt you. And, in fact, I believe we are all walking in some level of deception—even if it’s on minor issues—because our minds are not completely renewed. If our minds were completely renewed, I believe we’d be walking in greater authority and seeing more miracles, signs and wonders in our lives. In other words, I believe we’re all believing something that doesn’t completely line up with God’s Word.

So, again, I challenge you—I beg you—to begin to pray for God to break off any deception that has clouded your soul. Beseech Him by His mercy to deliver you from the grips of deception, to shine light on your mind and to give you discernment. You’ve got nothing to lose by releasing this petition, and you’ve got possibly your eternal soul to gain as God breaks in with light, exposes the enemy’s lies and sets you free—or protects you—from the strong delusion that sends many to hell. Amen.


Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including Did the Spirit of God Say That? You can email Jennifer at or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

What Are The Thorns.

Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.Mark 4:7

The thorns had been chopped off but their roots were still in the  ground.

Then as the seed began to grow, so did the thorns; and growing  faster and stronger than the wheat they soon choked it out.

In the end there was no wheat left growing.

What are these thorns? Jesus says they  are “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches.”

“Cares” are anxieties, distractions and worries.

Martha was in danger of having  the good seed in her heart choked out by her distracting thoughts about  running her household.

Many a promising Christian life has been dwarfed  and stunted by the same cause.

“The deceitfulness of riches”. Thousands of spiritual lives have been starved into insignificance by the desire for riches.

“The lust of other things entering in, choke the word.”

We have all seen people who began well; but as cares multiplied or  riches increased, their enthusiasm waned.

We need, however, to look to our own hearts and we shall probably have enough to do if we keep out all the  thorns and weeds in the one little garden committed to us.

Jesus did not say these people are not Christians, but that they “bring no fruit to perfection.”

The distractions of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pursuit of others things choke the spiritual life causing it’s fruit not to develop.

They lose the sweet comforts of a healthy faith.

The fruits of  the Spirit in them become shriveled.

They may go on working in the church,  preaching, teaching, praying; but the life is severely lacking.

What is the  lesson in this?.

That we need to watch without ceasing these hearts of ours, and  let no weed or thorn-bush grown there for a day.

Sometimes God himself does  the weeding.

He lifts out of our inmost being the earthly object that is  absorbing all the heart’s love.

The process is sore, but the results are  full of blessing.

By Vine.

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When Someone Lies About You.

In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. Psalm 120:1-2, KJV

Are you in distress at the moment because someone has falsely accused  you?.

Whatever the cause, perhaps you have never realized that God has  permitted the distress, and, because you lack this perspective, you fear   that you will break under the strain.

But God is saying, “I am behind  all that is going on right now; I am the Architect of the distress.

And  do you know why?.

It is the only way I could get your attention.”

One form of distress that God uses to get our attention is caused by  the deceit of others.

This was the origin of the psalmist’s distress,  because he had been criticized unfairly. (See verse 2.)

Maybe part of the reason you are in distress is that you have been  criticized, and it hurts.

Criticism is painful.

In fact, sometimes the  criticism that we don’t want to hear is the hardest to take because it  is true.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Prov. 27:6, KJV).

But the psalmist was the victim of a deceitful tongue.

The psalmist  had either been lied to or lied about.

What is a lie?.

A lie is an untrue  statement with the intent to deceive.

If you have been lied about,  eventually the truth will come out. I guarantee it.

It can be very painful, however, during that time of postponement.

Maybe that’s where you are.

Perhaps you have lost your job because  someone lied about you; perhaps you have lost a friendship because  something was said that wasn’t true; perhaps you have lost influence  because somebody lied about you, and there is not a thing you can do to  defend yourself.

Remember who is on your side: God. God is truth; it is impossible for him to lie (Heb. 6:18).

The day is coming when God will clear not only His own name, but your name, too.

Excerpted from Higher Ground (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1995).


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