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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Looks can be Deceiving Part 2

As I noted in the last post we are continuing our thought today regarding deception.

Let’s look at two scriptures in Matthew.

Matthew 7:15-20

Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

A few years ago I was wondering if I was being deceived. As usual my husband preached an on-time word that answered my question. In his sermon he spoke of “wolf proofing” yourself. He told us the best way to see if you are dealing with a wolf (or deceiver) in sheep’s clothing is to look at their tracks. That may seem simple but it was such a revelation for me at the time. As I contemplated my situation it was definitely the tracks of a vicious wolf instead of a harmless sheep that was marking the ground around me.

Now let’s read Matthew 10:16. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

I was so thankful for the wisdom and instruction of my husband. I want you to have the same warning and wisdom as well. When dealing with any situation you will always find answers and help in the Word. Matthew 7:15-20 was the Word I needed at the time I needed it.

So if you are not sure if a situation you are encountering is legitimate or not, you can always look at the fruit being produced and the tracks left behind. They won’t lie even when the Enemy does.

Then pray! Pray that God will protect you and give you wisdom in all things. And if it is a person who had tried to deceive you, pray for them because the closest person to them the enemy is deceiving is not you, it is themselves.

Until next time!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We definitely have to be on guard as Christians, mothers, and in business for the snares of the devil. I can name many instances, had it not been for discernment by the Spirit, I would have made many wrong decisions. Thank you Tina for not only sharing the word but your walk with God.