Friday, April 16 NL | BR

Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, claiming: ‘I am the Messiah’ and will deceive many. – Matthew 24:4-5

If there has ever been a time when we have to be attentive to new doctrines and revelations, it is today. Many Christians get confused by this because they have little knowledge of God’s Word and no discernment of spirits. What is and what is not from God? What is and what is not the truth? What is from the flesh (the human being)? What is from the evil one?

Paul writes in Acts 20:29-30: ‘I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.’

The apostle also writes in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4: ‘But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.’

Paul even says: ‘I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all’ (Galatians 1:6-7).

The Bible teaches us that the evil one comes to us as an angel of light. I have discovered that false doctrines and religions always have something in common; they have no respect for God. Psalm 111:10 says: ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All who obey His Laws have good understanding.’ The fear of God will always be the deciding factor. Let us remain humble and soft-hearted. Let our light shine in the darkness.

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