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Convinced or Deceived? Part 2 - The Danger of Deception

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | April 30, 2024 | John 7:45-53

KEY VERSE:

Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also Deceived? John 7:47 (NKJV)

MESSAGE:

Today's devotional text shows the Pharisees' attempt to discredit Jesus, dismissing him as a mere troublemaker. Blinded by their pride and prejudice, they refuse to acknowledge the truth of his teachings, resorting to deception and manipulation. This passage serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers of deception.


Just as the Pharisees allowed their preconceived notions to cloud their judgment, we too can fall prey to deception if we are not vigilant. The enemy seeks to distort the truth and lead us astray, tempting us with lies and half-truths that appeal to our fleshly desires. Let us guard against deception by immersing ourselves in God's Word and seeking discernment through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit.


May this passage prompt us to examine our hearts and minds, rooting out any traces of deception or falsehood. Let us diligently test every spirit and hold fast to the truth of God's Word. And as we walk in the light of truth, may we be protected from the schemes of the enemy and find true freedom and peace in Christ


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Pray for discernment to be able to detect the deceptions of the devil. Build your faith by seeking God's truth in His word. Be vigilant against the enemy's schemes to deceive us from trusting God’s word.


PRAYER:

Sing this song as a prayer:

My faith has found a resting place, not in device nor creed.

I trust the ever living one, His wound for me shall plead.

I need no other argument, I need no other plea.

It is enough, that Jesus died.

And that He died for me.


THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!


DAILY word study: DECEIVED


The Greek word "πλανάω" (planao) conveys the idea of being led astray or causing someone to wander from the truth. In our key verse, the Pharisees are questioning the officers' judgment and implying that they may have been misled by Jesus' teachings. The Pharisees' inquiry reflects their scepticism and opposition to Jesus. They assume that anyone who does not conform to their understanding of the law and tradition must be deceiving others. Their question challenges the officers' loyalty and suggests that they should be more critical in their assessment of Jesus.


Reflections: Are we quick to dismiss or doubt those who challenge our beliefs? Do we approach Jesus with an open mind and heart, seeking to understand his message even when it challenges our assumptions? May we be open to receiving his truth, even when it challenges our preconceptions, and may we always seek to follow him faithfully.


𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | APRIL 30, 2024

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