May 30 Defend Against Deception

Scripture Reading: Jude 1–4

Key Verse: John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Heresy always contains enough truth to be attractive. However, Satan, the author of heresy, never offers us the complete truth. He always offers counterfeits. Any teaching that leads people away from God and causes them to question the validity of the Scriptures is deadly.

The false teachers of Peter’s day taught that Jesus was a good man, an acclaimed teacher, and a prophet from God. They even imitated His teaching but stopped seriously short of professing His deity.

Today’s false teachers have much more than a foot in the doorway to our churches, educational institutions, and businesses. They are allowed to openly profess their beliefs as truth. They teach belief in a god, but not the God of the Bible. They teach that we can become godlike if we will practice self-discipline and search within ourselves to find truth.

Nothing could be more steeped in deception. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6 nasb).

The best defense to the enemy’s deception is personal knowledge of God and His truth. Set your heart on knowing the true God, and He will expose the false teaching of those around you.

Father, I come to You through the way, Jesus Christ. Help me guard against the deception of the enemy. Expose all that is false. Reveal to me the truth of Your Word. I set my heart to know You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 157). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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