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Monday, January 12, 2009

Looks can be Deceiving

Having a 17 year old son carries many… how can I say this… ups and downs. One of the ups is his ability to drive. Therefore when we are lacking a few ingredients for our breakfast-for-dinner what’s a mom of this almost-an-adult to do? Send him on a little shopping spree to the nearest grocery store of course.

Funny thing is I sent him with a list consisting only of eggs, OJ and bacon and he came back with things not strategically placed on said list. Now how did he know I needed more waist expanding, temptation calling, willpower killers in the house? (Great, right now Marie Osmond is on the TV showing off her 45lb weight loss. Well good for you. No, I’m not jealous… or bitter… or jealous. OK, maybe a little.)

Focus Tina… back to my son.

He came home Sunday afternoon from his little mission trip to the grocery store with some glorified, off brand, Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. I have to admit they looked like they were going to be the best 240 calories I put in my mouth on that wonderful Lord’s Day. But my whole family agreed they were not. Lesson #1 … Looks can so be deceiving.

Here are a few more lessons I want us to look at today.

Lesson #2 Deception is nothing new. It did not begin with those glorified, off brand, Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. As a matter of fact we read in Genesis that sin came into the Garden thousands of years ago all because Satan was able to deceive Eve.

Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Genesis 3:13

Lesson #3 Deception produces pain. Eve had to go through a lot of pain, literally.

Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth…” Genesis 3:15

Unfortunately all women are effected by that one. Which leads us to the next point.

Lesson #4 Deception will affect others. Eve being deceived effected Adam too and has even reached through the portals of time to us today.

And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:17-19

Today we are seeing that one of Satan’s chief tools is deception. Ladies, and a few gentlemen, please do not be deceived into thinking you could never be deceived like Eve. The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves. Proverbs 14:8

In 2009 I want us to be so aware of his devices that nothing, I mean nothing will slip by us. We do not have to be ignorant to his schemes. The Word gives us ample instruction on how to “wolf proof” ourselves. This will be our topic for tomorrow.

Until then, I want to urge you to get alone with God and ask Him to reveal areas in your life where the enemy is trying to deceive you. It is up to you and me to be proactive in guarding our hearts and minds in protecting ourselves because when we get lax is when we get weak. When we are weak we are easy prey.

OK Ms. Marie, I’m off to the gym.

Hope you have a great Monday!

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