The Increase of Deceptions

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Corinthians 3:3 NIV

We live in an era where many diabolical schemes exist and what you see or hear is not necessarily what you will receive. The well-contrived plots are always based on the loss of an individual’s assets; money, property, stocks or other investments. Identity theft, hackers, prepaying for goods and services that are never received, and relationships based on deceit are examples of the dishonesty that we try to avoid, but our society is plagued with the complexities of deception. Even government agencies such as the Social Security Administration and IRS have been targeted and many consumers have been scammed just because they have received a phone call or email with the agency’s identifiers. Bear in mind that you never really know who the individual is that is calling or the sender of the email. If in doubt, do not answer unknown phone numbers and delete the emails of unknown senders. Protect yourself by using reputable individuals or businesses that can provide references and written invoices or contracts.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NLT

Just when we thought that we were familiar with every deception that could impact our lives, God tells us that Satan the Master of Deception has developed elaborate schemes for every Believer of God. Our strategies, knowledge, and prior experiences are weak in comparison to the power of our great enemy; the devil is aware of our true desires and weaknesses when we speak meaningless words that are betrayed by our behaviors and actions.

You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. Psalm 8:5 NIV

The Bible tells us that humanity was made a little lower than the angels; we must remember that Satan was created as Lucifer, he is a fallen angel who was cast out of heaven along with a legion of angels that made the decision to go against God. Without God’s divine intervention, we are no match for the satanic forces that coexist with humanity on this earth.

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV

Watching includes praying! Our lives are dependent on God who is faithful in His promise to protect us from all schemes, plots, and lies that originate from evil. We cannot afford to lose out on our reward of Eternal Life by succumbing to plots to separate us from God.

Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Proverbs 4:6 NLT

Every situation in our lives must be presented to God in prayer. We must ask for wisdom, do not rely on feelings, judgment, or past experiences; do not act prematurely, if you truly desire God’s divine intervention then we must wait for His answer.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; Psalm 34:19 NIV

Bible Verse: Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14 NIV

Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to forgive us of our sins, our shortcomings, and to fill us with the Holy Spirit. We ask you to protect us from all of the schemes, the hurt, the harm, and the dangers in this world. We acknowledge that we are powerless against Satan and the forces of evil. God, we know that the temptations that we face every day are meant to separate us from you. We need you, and we ask for wisdom, we pray for the desire to obey your will for our lives. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

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By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.