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In Bible study this week we spent some time in 1 Thessalonians focusing on the tempter, aka the serpent of old, liar and father of lies, deceiver, accuser, adversary, dragon, Satan, and the devil. How uplifting, huh?
As much as I despise him, I am mindful of how important Christ said it was for us to know his schemes. We covered that, too, and rounded out the week with a good dose of who we are in Christ and what we have available to us as believers. It was great!
There is one niggling thing that keeps rolling in my mind. It was in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, which reads, “…for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”
People who are experts on detecting counterfeit money become such because they study the real stuff in order to recognize that which is not real or counterfeit.
Fake fur has become much more real-looking, cubic zirconium looks a lot like a real diamond, and a cheap knock-off Coach purse may be difficult to detect to the untrained buyer.
While we are at it , let’s just say that everybody in the Church is on the same page as you regarding their acceptance of God’s Word and interpreting it. If they are in the pew then they are a believer. If they preach the Word and teach it then they are a believer. All those serving the Lord have His best interest at heart. Everybody in the Church loves God with a whole-hearted devotion, right?
Screech! Hear the needle on the record player scratching?
According to that passage in 2 Corinthians, those statements before the screech are lies.
They are false.
An angel of light or a servant of righteousness in disguise looks like the real deal and gives the illusion that he or she is the real deal. There is a major problem, however. They are not the genuine thing. They are fake. They are faux real. They are deceiving.
How will you know? Know the real deal! Know His Word, not a hodge-podge of self-help material and a plethora of every other religion’s “top points to know and believe”. Be very careful dabbling in everything. There is only one correct “thing”.
Be intimately acquainted with God. Be in His Word as much as you can be. Study it so that when the faux comes, you can recognize it. Days are coming where the faux will be more prevalent within the Church than what we are already seeing. Will you recognize it? Please tell me you already do. If you don’t, I beg you to ask God to give you eyes that can discern and recognize the fake that should be abandoned in order for the real to be embraced.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
We kid ourselves if we think we are safe from the tricks of the evil one even in the Church.
Our foe is real.