The Passion Translation 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But now I’m afraid *that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s clever lies, YOUR THOUGHTS may be corrupted* and you MAY LOSE YOUR *single-hearted DEVOTION* and *PURE LOVE for Christ* . For you seem to gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you preaching a pseudo-Jesus, not the Jesus we have preached. You have accepted a spirit and gospel that is false, rather than the Spirit and gospel you once embraced. How tolerant you have become of these imposters!
Today we continue our journey on this thought we began sharing yesterday.
Even though unfortunately so much power and fear has been attributed to the devil in our day, we see Paul reducing him to what he really is and how he was first manifested in the beginning ;as a serpent. Also, we observe that his true antic is craftiness not power.
In Ephesians 6 they are called darts, piercing arrows meant to infiltrate the soul.
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, *which WAR against the SOUL ;*
The primary aim of the devil against a believer is to engage his thought world in a battle to distabilise and over power if he can.
The victory of the serpent is deception.
No believer is corrupted in his own mind except he is first deceived. Why the deception?
To annihilate him from the pure love for Christ and his devotion as an espoused bride to Christ.
Are you embattled by deceptive thoughts. Sometimes he even comes like you are the one talking to yourself.
Remind yourself that you are eternally loved by God no matter how challenging a situation is.
Furthermore, the truism of our strength being Christ and in Christ draws on our devotion to Him. Keep in mind you needn’t become double minded about what Christ has done for you at anytime.
He is constant even when situations are changing in time.
Finally, have you been deceived in anyway by external experiences of false teachers?
PREACHING everything aside Christ?
How do you know true teachers? They stay with the gospel. What happened at the cross to the resurrection and what’s happening now with Christ and the church.
Keep your heart safe with the truth always and you will never be deceived internally or externally.
Every Man Christ Man 👨