No matter how much we strive, the truth remains.
We are told not to get fooled by the subtlety of the world…
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
There are people who “subtly creep” in, whose intentions are wicked since the beginning…
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the last days its been said about scoffers and/or mockers.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
We are also warned of false teachers.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
We heard about men avoiding the Word and taking teachers for themselves to send a “tickling” message to their ears. Messages that they want to hear.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Were told these people want to avoid the truth as it doesn’t fit their desire.
The wicked will be wicked and they are “driven by their own lusts”.
God has given them over to their own delusions so much as believe the lie they tell themselves.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
By grace you are here today, being given the discernment to hear the truth and thus know the lies and half-truths when you hear them. The liars and their lies wont endure long.
Remember the passage about the enemy scattering seeds of weeds (tares) among the good ones?
This is how the enemy works. Matthew 13:24-30
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
There can only be one truth and one source. He gave us His Spirit to direct us and give us wisdom and discernment and bringing to remembrance the things which Jesus said and taught.
In John 14:26, Jesus Christ says-
But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
It should be our practice to spend our time reading the word of God not only for encouraging ourselves in the Lord as David did on 1 Samuel 30:6…
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
but also to feed our mind with the words of God.
Matthew 4:4 says…
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
His Word is alive and powerful it is also “profitable for reproof and correction”. It separates the soulish portion of our being from what is spiritual.
For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
To be able to discern according to God’s will, one will have to ask God to set his mind to the desires of God’s Spirit rather than the fleshly desires that connects to this world. Normally when I’m in one of life’s crossroads, I try to take the way that least feeds my pride. It ends up better.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
Secondly, praying will enable us to avoid temptation.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.
It shouldn’t be different the way we talk to the Lord in our quiet time from the way we pray when confronted in a bus crowd by a foul mouthed teenager asking for money or at home when praying to the Lord for guidance as to how and what to say to the person knocking at the door trying to preach a strange doctrine or on the driveway as we notice an old neighbor we don’t get to talk to so often.
Note this phrase: “subtly creeping in”. Remember, there’s only one Truth. The other one is a lie. If what you know is not a lie according to God’s Spirit telling you through His word, then you know which one to believe.
Jesus said in John 15:26…
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
Therefore test the spirits:
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
God bless you with more discernment and maturity in your faith.