Exhortations

Deception

Stay Away From The Sin of Deception

Paul said: “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way”—2 Thessalonians 2:3-16

Let our hearts stay with God and humbly walk with His word to spread His loving kindness to all His children who prefer to win the challenges of life and to have eternal happiness than to have a short-term luxury in life which is temporal. God is good, God is great, God is faithful and just, and gives rewards to those who acknowledge His existence. God is not a deceiver and will never give challenges that we cannot bear if ever He will give us one. What you see in Him is nothing but all truthfulness.

The image of the beast will receive the breath of life only if we allow them to occupy space in our minds. Our eyes are easily attracted to the beauty it perceives and our ears without rejecting anything that sounds sweet music it hears. Our minds absorb all of those and enjoy it without considering if it comes from the spirit of truth or the spirit of make-believe. Our mind is the battlefield of good and the wicked, and the only way to control it is not to give way to their deceitful acts. Let the Holy Spirit that is in our heart take control of what is going on in our minds.

Our carnal minds can easily submit to temptations and carelessly believe in lies. The desire of the flesh is so powerful that it controls the whole body to sin. If we stay away from the image of the beast, we won’t be able to hear this spirit speaks to our mind. Many of us forget that we have the Holy Spirit within us and when you acknowledge His presence all the help we need is at hand.

Remember God gives wisdom to the wise, with wisdom, the right decision is achievable.  When we arise from our sleep, the first word that should come out from our mouth is to thank God for a renewed spirit and reformed body. It is very important before going to bed to ask for forgiveness as the Bible said we are sinners and if we disagree that we are not, then we lied.

Paul said: “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”— Romans 12:1-2

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10

We thought that we are doing everything righteously without in mind that overdoing it leads to destruction. Self-righteousness is not acceptable and not pleasing to God. Always stay focus on the Holy One and we will never be wrong.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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