"Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers." ESV
The Word tells us that God does not tempt any of us. Temptation comes from the evil one and our own natural desires. We have a natural tendency to give in to the deception of temptation by reasoning out that it is not that big of a deal. In doing this, we start falling away from the narrow path that leads to life. Spiritual death results in following deception that presents itself as right and good.
Lord, how aware we are that none of us are above being deceived. We know that if we stay close to You and Your Word, walking in Your Holy Spirit we will not fall into deception. Help us to keep alert and recognize that deception is all around us so that we will not be trapped by it. Only by Your grace and our trust in You will we be able to escape the deception in this world. In Your gracious name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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