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.
Are you one of the very elect?
Sometimes your desire to believe in someone clouds your judgement. They can entice you, have such an anointing, and manifest signs and wonders that you cannot deny.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (KJV)
Your emotions could cause you to agree to do things contrary to the will of God. This is most sad when the person, causing you to stumble, is someone you trust in for spiritual leadership.
2 Peter 2:1-2 Just as false prophets rose up in the past among God’s people, false teachers will rise up in the future among you. They will slip in with their destructive opinions, denying the very Master who bought their freedom and dooming themselves to destruction swiftly, 2 but not before they attract others by their unbridled and immoral behavior. Because of them and their ways, others will criticize and condemn the path of truth we walk as seedy and disreputable. (The Voice TVT)
The word says even the very elect would be deceived if it were possible. It is not possible because the very elect are God’s chosen and you have a genuine relationship and unwavering faith.
John 15:16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You will not be deceived, and your fruit will remain when you know God for yourself. You have to read and study the word, spend time in prayer, dedicate yourself to worship, and meditate daily. That is how you develop a bond that will make you steadfast, strong, and unmovable. This is how you will be able to discern when you are being told something that is not true and be rooted enough to resist.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, my desire is to be one of the very elect. Thank You for showing me I can. I want to be close enough to You to discern what is true no matter who is speaking. I don’t want to be caught up in cults, phoniness and things having a form of godliness, yet no power. I want to walk in Your power. I know the only way this can be true for me is to spend time with You. I repent for every shortcut I tried to take. Thank You for showing me I could only get so close if all I did was pray repetitious, quick prayers when I remembered to pray. I couldn’t build a relationship with You when I did all the talking. My prayer time had to be more than a laundry list of things I wanted You to do. Thank You for changing me. Now I don’t end our conversation without waiting to hear what You have to say. I spend dedicated time with You. I have learned to be still before You, to empty myself out, and wait for You to fill me. I was willing, and You met me at my level of expectancy and beyond. You helped me build a strong relationship with You and I thank You for it…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.