Safe From Deceptions
To be safe from the powerful end-time deceptions, the believer needs to:
A. Test every teaching and doctrine by the Bible. Whatever men may speak that is not in harmony with that Word then they have false teachings (Isaiah 50:10, 11). “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
God has revealed Himself in His Word. The Bible says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15); The Word of God is the standard of truth and the guide to right living. The Bible tells us that the believers in Berea “were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
B. Follow truth as Jesus reveals it. The Lord promises that those who do His will never fall for deceptions. “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). When the Holy Spirit brings men new light or conviction of sin, they must act at once–obey without delay. If they obey and walk in the light as they receive it, God will continue giving them light and all deceptions will be exposed.
C. Stay close to Jesus through the study of the scriptures, prayer and witnessing. Jesus said, “…He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5). Men receive Christ by receiving His word. As they feed upon that word it enlightens the mind. And as they make an intelligent choice to follow that word and obey it implicitly through the enabling power of Heaven, Christ, will be formed within (Colossians 1:27). For this experience to be continual, they must feed daily upon the word (John 6:53). The connection to God enlightens men with wisdom and God’s grace gives them the power to withstand all the enemy’s deceptions.
In His service,