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July 24, 2017
Luke 12:15 KJV And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Thought for today// I want to take a look at another verse today that makes it simple to avoid DECEPTION when it comes to finances or financial matters. Jesus dealt with it frequently, but I believe today’s verse makes it very clear where money and stuff should be seen in our lives as well as the lives of others. Often we spend time looking around at what others have and that serves no spiritual purpose whatsoever. As a matter of fact, if we begin to look around the enemy will begin to deceive us into thinking more about what others are doing or have and not what the Father has for us. Again, your success with your stuff is realizing that you are not in this earth to be caught up with a bunch of stuff or what it takes to acquire it. Jesus was confronted with a man who wanted Him to tell his brother to split some inheritance up correctly but Jesus used the situation to make it clear to him what did and didn’t matter as it had to do with stuff. He told him to be wise about becoming covetous or greedy because a man’s life is not evaluated or successful because of the stuff that he has regardless of how much. This is huge because today there are Christians who spend more time endeavoring to acquire stuff than they do honoring the Father according to His Word. Seeking the kingdom is about keeping things in the right perspective and if one is not serious he/she will find themselves living in the DECEPTION of the world’s pursuit for wealth. Jesus said, seek the kingdom and all will be well.
Pray this// Father, I know that everything in this life will burn, so I will not fall for the DECEPTION that stuff presents, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// What I have will be more than enough when what I have is from Him.
Scripture reading// Luke 10//Ephesians 6
July 25, 2017
1 Timothy 6:10 KJV For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Thought for today// Today, we’re going to take a look at probably one of the most misquoted if not misunderstood verses in the New Testament. As we’ve already discussed it has always been the Father’s will for His kids to have more than enough, and Jesus spent a lot of time talking about the subject Himself. He never once talked against having money or resources but talked about the need to steward or keep them in the right perspective. We saw yesterday that what a person has is not what their life is all about, but rather what they do with their relationship with the Father. Remember, Abraham was blessed to be a blessing not to party, buy more and more stuff, but to be blessing. What can happen, even with well-meaning Christians is they can begin to focus on having stuff and making money to the point they fall into DECEPTION concerning prosperity’s purpose. Let’s get this right; money is neutral and will do what its owner directs it to do. The Word tells us the blessing of the Lord will make us rich and He will add no sorrow with it. That means when we are doing what the Father has directed us to do, giving according to His plan, and focusing on His kingdom, He will see to it that we always have more than enough. No, my family, nothing is wrong with money; it’s loving it to the point it replaces your love and service for the Father that creates the problem.
Pray this// Father, I’m going to love You and not let anything get in the way, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Money is a blessing when I tell it what to do as opposed to it directing me.
Scripture reading// Luke 11//Philippians 1
July 26, 2017
2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Thought for today// I thought I was going to stop with yesterday’s verse about prosperity and money but I want to give you another today to help you avoid any DECEPTION concerning its place in your life. Those of you who have grown enough to know how big God is and how much He loves and wants the best for you realize that it was Jesus who provided it all through His death, burial, and resurrection. That being the case, you must also understand that everything that was paid for was paid for in the spirit or spiritually. Sin was dealt with spiritually; sickness and disease were dealt with spiritually, poverty and lack were dealt with spiritually; shame and guilt were dealt with spiritually. Everything we needed access to naturally had to be paid for spiritually. The Father’s ability for you to experience what He’s done for you does not depend on your intelligence, your income, your location, or your ethnicity. It hinges on you not being deceived into thinking it’s not for you or available to you. If the enemy can keep you in your mind or between your ears he can work DECEPTION into your life. We have already made it abundantly clear that the enemy can do nothing unless you buy in to his DECEPTION. He has no power over you except what you receive or allow. Like the apostle Paul told us about the love of money, he also told us that we should know that Jesus set things up so we could be rich. Don’t be deceived. The Father wants you to have an abundance, and Jesus did what was spiritually necessary for that to happen.
Pray this// Father, I know You want me blessed, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// The Lord Jesus paid the spiritual price for me to have all the natural blessings.
Scripture reading// Luke 12//Philippians 2
July 27, 2017
Luke 21:8 KJV And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Thought for today// Luke recorded something that Jesus had to say about DECEPTION that has some real significance to us as well as the people of Israel. He told them there would come a time when people would come in His name saying they had the goods so to speak and they were His disciples. Now in order to understand this you must first realize according to Jesus there will be fakers, pretenders, misinformed, and personally deceived leaders. I don’t believe all who think they know are anything more than personally deceived. Of course, it doesn’t make any difference why a person is the way they are, what makes a difference is staying in tune with the Holy Spirit so we are not deceived. Family, be sure you understand that you are personally responsible for your fate in this life. The Father, as the Word says, will co-labor with you but it must be in line with His Word and not some bogus doctrine. I personally see this as a very serious warning concerning who and what you follow and listen to. There are a lot of great orators and degreed ministers who do not know and promote the rightly-divided-Word of God. Hey, listen, this is not a game, but rather a matter of success or failure, peace or confusion, death or life. Jesus knew there would be those who had marginal understanding who would try to promote their agenda as well as those who were personally deceived themselves concerning the Father’s character and the benefits Jesus paid for. You know many don’t know they don’t know.
Pray this// Father, I know much DECEPTION is about Your character, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Not everyone who teaches the Word knows the Word or the love of God so I will cooperate with the Holy Spirit.
Scripture reading// Luke 13//Philippians 3
July 28, 2017
2 Timothy 3:13 KJV But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Thought for today// Today let’s fast forward to the apostle Paul speaking to Timothy about DECEPTION and how it would become more prevalent. He began to talk about those who would purposely try to deceive people, when in fact they were deceived. I am so thankful, as I know PK is also, that when we decided to follow after the things of God we found ourselves exposed to men and women who knew what they were talking about as it pertained to the character and love of God. I mean, it all boils down to how we see God whether we will enjoy what He has to offer. If people don’t know how much He loves them then the chances of them seeking Him is not very likely. Why do we think we lose so many young men and women to the attractions of the world? It’s simple. They believe the world loves them and has what they want. Young men and women are especially vulnerable to DECEPTION if they haven’t been loved and trained at home as well as being part of a church that knows the goodness of God. Listen, in some churches and organizations it’s pretty hard to figure out why you stay but when you are hearing the truth the only reason you’ll leave is because you’ve been deceived. This is the goal of the people Paul was talking about; their goal, whether they are aware of it or not, is to draw disciples or followers unto themselves. It’s easy to find and follow the right people. They will be bragging on the Father and Son and helping you connect with all they have done.
Pray this// Father, I will stay connected where You are number one, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Those who are deceived can only promote DECEPTION.
Scripture reading// Luke 14//Philippians 4
July 29, 2017
1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Thought for today// Today, I just want to talk about how easy it is to find yourself being deceived by friends, relatives, or just people you are familiar with or once ran with. This is a huge problem for all ages because once you make a decision to follow after the things of God you will become prey to your commitment being challenged in many ways, but most especially by the company you keep. Now, I’m well aware of what a huge challenge this can present because of the relationships and their longevity. Really, Jesus Himself made it clear that some of our biggest issues would be with our immediate family members. Now this is not about turning our back on people but rather recognizing that those who don’t know what we know or aren’t headed in the same direction can create mega issues. I cannot number the people who were in our lives before we committed to the Father’s plan but I can say it wasn’t long before most were not in the picture. Again, this doesn’t mean they were bad or whatever, it simply means they weren’t following after the things of God. When that’s the case you must determine what is the most important to you, them, or Him. The Word talks about us having a company or group of people we belong to and that has to be the case once you step out of darkness and into the light of His plan. Ties that were once tight must be loosened as soon as possible so you can grow and be in a position to maybe help those who once were bound with you. Be wise; your company matters.
Pray this// Father, I will find people who love You like I do, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Evil people need not be mean or dangerous but just twisted in their views, so I will be wise.
Scripture reading// Luke 15//Colossians 1
July 30, 2017
Galatians 6:7 KJV Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Thought for today// From the beginning of time the Father put the seed principle in motion and declared it would remain as long as the earth as we know it remained. This, of course applies to everything we do and say because our lives and all we do is a seed. Just like the Lord Jesus was sown on our behalf in order to reap a family, everything we do is just the same. It looks to me like gaining a revelation of this would really help us watch what we sow, as well as why we sow. And when I say sow, I’m talking about any and everything we do. This principle makes it clear that everything reproduces after its kind which reveals the fact that we are the ones who control our destiny not the Father pulling some cosmic strings. Paul told the church at Galatia to not deceive themselves into thinking that the Father or His plan could be perverted because it could not. Whatever a person sowed, in word or deed would be what they reaped. Don’t you see now that if we really believed this we would talk differently, we would treat people differently, we would spend differently, and the list goes on. You wonder why you don’t have any friends or can’t keep them? Maybe it’s you and not them. Let me challenge us right now to become aware of what we say and do and keep track of what happens so we can see this principle work for God’s glory and the advancement of the kingdom. It will happen when we sow right.
Pray this// Father, I know as long as this earth remains what’s sown will be reaped, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// Words and actions are seeds; what I have sown I will soon see.
Scripture reading// Luke 16//Colossians 2
July 31, 2017
James 1:22 KJV But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Thought for today// Well, as you should expect, I saved one of the most important verses concerning DECEPTION to be the last we cover. As we talk about over and over and over again, there is nothing more important than the Word of God. We know that the Father has exalted the Word above His name because only through the Word can He produce in us and through us His great plan for us. It takes knowing and doing the Word of God for anything to happen in your life and as we saw yesterday, it is sowing to the Word that brings it to pass in our lives. First we allow it to be sown in our hearts by hearing and then we put it to work through speaking and doing so it can produce tangible evidence in our lives. This verse explains why some believers never experience what Jesus paid for, simply their unwillingness to do what they hear. Christians all over the world who have an opportunity to hear the truth but don’t do it, are deceiving themselves. This is huge because they will begin to complain and blame when clearly the problem lies with them. Family the worst DECEPTION is self-deception and this verse clearly states how it happens in the believer’s life. Once again I am prompted to mention our need to be in a company that’s serious about the Word as well as have personal friends in our life, if not our spouse, to keep us accountable. Listen, don’t be deceived. The life you live is the life you choose, and the life you choose will be the life you have.
Pray this// Father, I will accept responsibility for my sowing and my life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Confess this// DECEPTION will be avoided in my life as I simply continue being a doer of the Word.
Scripture reading// Luke 17//Colossians 3