Just returned home from a quick trip to my last resort store (Wal-mart). I have been repotting plants from my father’s funeral and needed just one more big pot. With summer winding down I have been checking all over Alton for clearance sales on flower pots and have actually found a couple deals, but still needed one last big pot. As I perused through the clearance isles I was surprised at how the red tags were not actually deals at all. That got me to thinking about all the false advertisement that bombards us everyday. Having fallen victim to many so called deals in my life by clever salesmen, flashy signs, misleading coupons, etc… I have grown very cynical and cautious toward the “deals” all around.
There are not only false advertisements to win our money and business there is actually a huge battle going on for our very souls. Satan throws false advertisement, false teachers, and false promises at us daily to sway us away from God. To destroy us, to steal our joy, and to steal our eternity. He will use people in power, TV evangelists, teachers, the media, pretty much any means he can to deliver his false messages to us. You see anything that directs us to live for ourselves and to look out for self is a false teaching. He will even take scripture out of context to try to say “it is biblical”. The Holy Spirit alarms tend to go off within my soul anytime the teaching is about self. You see throughout the bible God teaches us to love Him with all of our hearts. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37) To seek God first then everything we need is provided for us by Him. (Matthew 6:33) The main focus of Jesus’ teachings were to serve others and put others first. He gave us the ultimate example of giving everything we are and have for the sake of others. (Luke 10:27, Matthew 20:28)
So just a quick little blurb today about guarding against falseness. Satan wanted to become God and any teaching that is trying to sway you to be your own God is a path to destruction! There is only one God and we are definitely not Him.
Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”