Day 68: Do not be deceived

Lysa Terkeurst, one of my role models in Women’s Ministry, said “Every time God gives us a promise the enemy comes in with a compromise.”

How true her words are.

Whether he begins his mental assault of you with doubts of your worthiness or fear of loss, the enemy will do all that is in his power to make you feel less than. If he can rob you of your God-given confidence or dilute the strength of God’s  faithful promises by assailing your mind, he will do just that. And more.

This week, God has been speaking to me in mighty ways. Ways in which I have never encountered Him before. His voice and His design have become so blatantly obvious that it has and continues to take me by surprise.

My spirit even assures me that last night I was reaffirmed of the truth in my sleep. God promised His anointing on a situation in my life through the medium of a dream.

When I say He has been trying to set my heart at ease over this exciting circumstance, I mean just that. I’ve prayed for signs, for wisdom and discernment.

And He has made His desire so evident in my life that I would have to be a fool to doubt.

So, call me a fool.

In James 1:16 James declares passionately, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”

Do not be deceived.

Do not be deceived.

Do not be deceived.

Deceived means false impression, or be caused to believe something that is definitively untrue. To be beguiled, misled, fooled.

And James warns people against falling into this same old ageless trap. The enemy may be sly, but he is notorious for using the tactic he has used since the beginning of mankind. Lying.

He is after all the prince of lies.

But I don’t want this devotion to focus on him. I want our attention to be set on and driven by a zeal to know God for Who He truly is.

If we believe that He is a good Father, if we believe that He plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11), if we believe that the Lord is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him(Hebrews 11:6), and if we know that He loves us enough to send His only Son to die for our sins (John 3:16), then why can’t we believe He wants to bless us with the desires of our heart?

Why (and I’m speaking to myself as well) is it so hard for us to fathom that the God who breathed life into our lungs actually wants to give us what’s best for us?

James continues in verse 17 saying, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

Every good thing comes from God.

When you have prayed for God’s plan in your life, and you have been obedient to His voice, you don’t have to doubt when He gives you good things. He is a Father who delights in giving (Matthew 7:11; Psalm 37:4).

If you have asked for wisdom and He has given in to you, embrace it. Don’t instantly start questioning what the Lord has so graciously breathed life into. Don’t try to understand every single thing, and just rest in the knowledge that He knows and He cares.

The enemy will say you don’t deserve the gift. He will tell you it’s all in your head. He will lie and say to you it never will come. He will deceive and whisper ‘was that really God?’

Yes, I highly encourage you to use discernment and tune your ear to the voice of God. But I also encourage you to stop stopping, stop overthinking, and stop denying what God is obviously trying to do in your life.

He can and will speak to you in new ways, but His character never changes. He is forever a Mighty Warrior, strong in power and worthy to be praised.

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” (Psalm 146:1-2)

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