Last night I had a nightmare that troubled me even as I woke up. The emotions tied to that dream were so strong I wondered if there was some truth lurking behind its meaning. While Ibel and I were reading and discussing our devotionals I shared the main thrust of the nightmare with her and it was quickly identified as a lie. In other words, there was no truth associated with the dream.
There have been moments in my walk with Jesus where I wondered if I had committed my life to something that was simply dreamed up by a group of conspirators. Many times I’ll see comments on YouTube or blogs where people scoff at those of us who believe as folks that have been deceived into living a life based on myth.
My best defense for these attacks is to expose them to the light. To talk about them and remember why it is that I believe in the first place. I’ve had personal encounters with the living God that are undeniable. As my faith is renewed I rejoice in knowing that I’ve been made that much stronger to withstand future assaults.
Jesus spoke of the devil as the father of lies. This is an important lesson for me to master. Deception is commonly used to conquer and dominate another person. Jesus’ statement that knowing the truth will set you free is so liberating. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except by Him. Don’t be deceived.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.