Unspeakable Joy Devotional

May 17th

IMG_1851                                        A wolf in sheep’s clothing. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15

Sometimes the truth can get twisted, blurred, manipulated and lines gets crossed. Things get harder to recognize what’s true and what’s false. Every day we face the battle of a real enemy who prowls around seeking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” He will stop at nothing to gain new ground. He and his forces have quoted God’s words since the beginning of time, twisting it, trying to manipulate the truth, and to deceive and lead astray. Many times the wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing knows God’s Word better than we thought, twisting it so much, we might even find ourselves confused over what the truth is.

Know what is real and what is fake. God is real, and is Truth, and we set our minds on His Word, spend time there, mediating on it, and we can detect what is fake. Here are 5 reminders from God’s Word: 1 Watch Out: Be aware, watch out and stay awake. 1 Corinthians 16:13 says “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” He gives us strength and protection to stand strong every day and He will never leave us defenseless on our own.; 2 Know the real and you’ll know the fake too: Matthew 7:16 “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” God’s Word is clear, and they’ll be known by their fruits. Not by how much money, how many followers, how many books written but what fruit exists in their lives. Is there love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control?; 3 Know God’s Word: 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” Satan disguises himself at light. If we don’t know His truth, we may be deceived. Mediate on His words, guard them in your heart. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 Press in close to God, spend time in His presence, pray, talk to Him, listen to His voice through His word.; 4 Trust the discernment and wisdom of God’s Spirit living through your life: Matthew 24:23-25 “At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-if that were possible.” God gives His Spirit to guide us in discernment and wisdom. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13 Daily ask God for His leadership and direction, submit to His authority over our lives, we can trust the leadership of His Spirit.; and 5 Surround yourself with other believers you know and trust: “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.” 2 Peter 3:3 Use caution in who you listen to and choose to take guidance from.

Recognize who the real enemy is and not waste time fighting against ourselves. Choose to give each other grace and kindness. Hold on to what matters most, and pursue unity in the body of Christ. Stand strong together, on Christ the Solid Rock. John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (D McDaniel)

 

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