Deception of the heart and mind by Satan is very real. After writing the blog yesterday, we received news that a Christian in our region has been caught in a very serious and awful sin. It had to the Holy Spirit that led me to compose the warning about becoming a fool. It is totally possible that “your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). It starts by “suppressing the truth” (Romans 1:18). The slow drip of deception is a calculated effort of our enemy to wear down our conscience so that we become callous and hardened to the voice and prompting of the Spirit.
Paul is very clear on this issue; “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7–8). There is no middle path or gray area between these two truths. How can it be that a person who has professed Jesus as Savior and been involved in church fellowship and life is suddenly exposed as engaged in a dreadful sin.
When persons fail to allow truth to enlighten their conscience, “both their minds and their consciences are defiled” (Titus 1:15) and the soul descends into dark thoughts and habits. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared” (1 Timothy 4:1–2).
If you or someone you know is dabbling in any addictive sin, as an ambassador for Christ, “God making his appeal through us; we implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20). If you do not repent quickly, the damage can be very costly. Find someone who will help restore you back into fellowship with the Lord, otherwise the devastating impact on your family and church will be very costly. If you do not know where to turn, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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