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Defense Against Deceit

Thursday, May 12 Defense Against Deceit But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 Recommended Reading Genesis 3:1-7 When a Wall Street investment manager defrauded investors out of billions of dollars, the guilty financier himself described it as "one big lie." He caused his investors to believe something that was not true. That's a good way to describe the devil's primary strategy against the children of God: tempting them, influencing them to believe something that is not true. While Satan will attack truth wherever it is found--anything to promote discord and confusion on earth--it is the truth of God's Word that Satan most wants to negate. The first time we see him on earth, he is in the Garden of Eden convincing Eve that she will not die if she disobeys God's explicit instruction. Satan deceived Eve causing her to believe what was …

Come Home

Come Home May 12, 2011 — by Cindy Hess Kasper Read: Psalm 51:1-13 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. —Psalm 51:12 Bible in a year: 2 Kings 15-16; John 3:1-18 As 19-year-old Amelia waited in her doctor’s office, she recognized the familiar hymn “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” playing over the speaker. It made her smile when she remembered the words. Perhaps a song with the lyrics “shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming” was not the most appropriate background music for a doctor’s office! Some find this old hymn too sentimental for their taste. But the message of the chorus can be encouraging for the wayward sinner: Come home, come home, Ye who are weary, come home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, Calling, “O sinner, come home!” When a believer replaces God’s will with his own, he will find himself in a backslidden condition, out of fellowship with God, in an unenviable state. Although we sometimes yield to our self-ce…