WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
AUGUST 17, 2021
TOPIC: LET NOBODY MISLEAD YOU
BY T. O. BANSO
“Jesus told them, ‘Don’t let anyone mislead you’” (Matthew 24:4 New Living Translation).
Have you ever followed the wrong direction someone gave you? You never got to where you desired until someone else gave you the right direction. Before then, you had wasted so much time, and possibly, your fuel not getting to the place you had intended.
Probably in the past, someone told you a lie which you assumed to be the truth. You acted upon it but you later discovered it was a blatant lie. You didn’t get the expected result because you had been misled.
Many people have suffered because they were misled and parted with their hard-earned money to invest in the wrong businesses or to make wrong purchases. Some even entered into a marriage based on a lie their partners told them. The marriage broke down thereafter, and they still live with the scars of the deception. Unfortunately, some were misled and paid the supreme sacrifice.
People can be misled in different ways. The consequences could be sometimes fatal. Sometimes, they might not be that serious. But the consequence could be eternal when it involves the salvation of someone’s soul. The Bible says Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). But many people are being misled today to think they can get to heaven by following some other ways. They are listening to Satan in whom Jesus said there was no truth but lies. Lies are consistent with Satan’s character; he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).
Don’t let Satan mislead you. Only one way leads to salvation. Here is only one way to be saved. There is only one name by which we can be saved. Peter put it this way: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 New King James Version).
Satan’s lies are not limited to salvation alone. He could mislead you on many other things that God has said in His Word. Don’t let him mislead you. That’s why you should know the Word of God so that when he comes up with a lie, you will easily detect it and he won’t be able to mislead you.
You’ll recall that he tried that with Jesus during His forty days of fasting. He wanted to mislead Jesus and even twisted a scripture once by saying “it is written” (Mathew 4:5). But Jesus knew the scriptures very well and replied to each of his lies appropriately with the scriptures. To the first temptation, Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4 New King James Version).
When he tempted Jesus the second time, Jesus replied, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God’” (Matthew 4:7 New King James Version). Again in verse 10, Jesus responded to Satan’s next temptation by saying, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (New King James Verses). Satan couldn’t mislead Jesus; he shouldn’t mislead you. Don’t be ignorant of his devices.
Don’t let Satan mislead you. In Matthew 24:3, the disciples of Jesus came to Him privately, asking Him to tell them what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. “Jesus told them, ‘Don’t let anyone mislead you’” (Matthew 24:4 New Living Translation). That was His opening statement. He continued: “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (verse 5 New King James Version). Jesus also said in Mark 13:6 that many would come in His name, saying, “I am He” and would deceive many.
Jesus said further, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand” (Mark 13:21-23 New King James Version). Jesus gave this warning so that nobody will mislead us. Let nobody deceive you. Beware of false christs.
Luke 21:8 says a similar thing: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them’” (New King James Version). You have been forewarned. Let nobody mislead you. John 8:32 says you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Let the truth you’ve been told save you from being misled.
1 John 4:6b talks about the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Those possessed by the spirit of error will try to mislead you but let truth protect you. Acts 20:30 says in the church, some people will rise up speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Romans 16:18 says false teachers who do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, will by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. They will preach lies. Don’t let them mislead you.
They could have access to huge finances so that they are everywhere; they are on the radio, television, internet and so on. They could have a large following but don’t let them mislead you. Don’t let anyone deceive you with persuasive words (Colossians 2:4). The apostle Paul says further in verse 8 says, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (New King James Version).
Let nobody mislead you. Don’t listen to strange doctrines or teachings. Reject whatever is inconsistent with the Bible. “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them” (Hebrews 13:9 New King James Version). The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:6 not to allow anyone to deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Let nobody mislead you. Eve was misled by Satan to disobey God and eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-7). Don’t be deceived as Eve was (2 Corinthians 11:3). 1 Timothy 2:14 says Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression. Satan can use anyone to mislead you. It could be those you have some relationships with or a stranger. Be careful.
Fake prophets have misled many people by telling them lies. They took advantage of their situations. Many are yet to recover from this. Some lost precious things, including their homes or marriages. As Jesus warned, beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15).
King Ahab of Israel would not have died in the battle at Ramoth Gilead if he had not allowed himself to be misled by his 400 prophets. Jehoshaphat nearly died in the same battle. If they had listened to the prophecy of Micaiah, that tragedy would have been averted (1 Kings 22:1-37).
Don’t let false prophets mislead you. In Revelation 2:20, Jezebel, a self-proclaimed prophetess, misled the servants of God by teaching and seducing them to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Don’t let any prophet or prophetess tell you to do what the Lord forbids. No prophet’s word is superior to the Bible. Don’t let any spiritual leader cause you to err and lead you on the path to destruction (Isaiah 3:12; Jeremiah 23:13).
Let nobody whom God has not sent mislead you by coming to speak for God what is not true or right. Whereas God still has genuine prophets, some self-proclaimed prophets are just creative and bold liars, fabricators of lies. “‘Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,’ says the LORD, ‘and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:32 New King James Version).
Love the truth, not lies. Jeremiah 5:30-31 says, “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power, and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? (New King James Version). Don’t be a victim of false prophets who have led many astray because of money and other things of this world. They do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly (Romans 16:18).
If you’re born again, you have your Bible and the Holy Spirit. Obey the Word of God and follow the Holy Spirit. It’s not everything people tell you that is true though it could appear so. It may sound good but it may not be true. In your relationships – family, business, social, and ministerial – let nobody mislead you.
Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it? Only God and whosoever He reveals what is in another person’s heart to, can know it at any particular time. You could have been misled in the past. Avoid a repeat by carefully considering the facts, refusing to act hastily, seeking wise counsel, and so on. Above all, obey the Word of God and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, deliver me from people’s deceit. Help me to differentiate between a lie and truth. Expose to me the deceit of the people around me and those I have dealings with. Holy Spirit, show me the right way; let me not be misled. Help me to make the right decisions at all times. Satan, you will not mislead me: I shall not be a victim of your lies in Jesus’ name.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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