But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the master who bought them…Many will follow their evil teachings and shameful immorality. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them along ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. 2 Peter 2:1-3 NLT
At least 2-3 times a week, I review and purge my social media newsfeed for information that is questionable: Ads which stretch the truth to sell their products, quotes that are not biblically based, and shared posts that contain offensive words or pictures. Just when I think that I have finally accomplished a major clean-up, much to my surprise, something else appears.
A post that I recently deleted stated, “I will forgive, but I will never forget.” As a believer, I immediately cringed at the thought of God possessing that mindset concerning my sins-past, present, and future sins. Thankfully, He does forgive us, based on our prayers of confession and repentence. In fact, the proof is that Jesus Christ gave His life so that we could have eternal life, if we so choose. God forgives and forgets!
Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:19
Believe it or not! Just in our day-to-day activities, we can be led astray by the information that we see, hear, and read.
Our desires are lifted to the highest heights by Visual Imagery. Our eyes pave the way to pursue our desires, no matter the cost. We are coached by Advertisements which involve a psychological process: An idea is formed and an image is designed that will appeal visually to a consumer’s desires; carefully chosen words entice us, and are utilized to manipulate our minds. The images that we visualize, and the words that we hear possess the power to weaken our resistance to sinful behaviors.
The deception of Eve was successful because of her obvious desire to possess much more than God had provided. Satan utilized a beautiful serpent to speak words which challenged God’s command for them not to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil. Eve was mesmerized by a serpent with the ability to speak along with the sight of the beautiful but forbidden fruit that would “impart wisdom on a god-like level.” The truth that she believed in was overpowered by two of her senses-sight and hearing-which led to a desire to disobey. At that point, all rational truths left her mind and she willingly disobeyed God as she touched, smelled, and tasted the forbidden fruit.
We are living in a time where laws contain loop-holes to accommodate declining morals and values. The godly standards for truth, and righteousness are blurred by our personal desires for the forbidden fruits of worldly pleasures. Our decisions are based on our desires! We compromise by watching popular but inappropriate programs, accept and include profanity in our conversations, listen to music with sexual content, and have become desensitized to violence because our choices have led us to become indifferent to sin.
Satan is very observant, and his powers supercede that of human abilities. Although God has not granted Satan the ability to read our mind, he can certainly observe our behaviors. Only by the power of God are we able to resist the evil temptations of this world. Be selective by being holy!
Challenge for today: Perform an evaluation of what you are exposing your mind to: What are your preferences based on the things that you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch? What are the thoughts that you possess on a daily basis?
Verses for today:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 NLT
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
For you now quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God, I ask you to, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7) I have based my choices on my desires instead of your truth. God, please forgive me for my disobedience and sins against you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz