Deception can be appealing

Deception is often appealing. That’s why it’s so easy to fall into it.

Your view on the truth isn’t the whole story. Neither is mine. Things often aren’t the way they seem. If we don’t look deeper we can be deceived. When “my truth” doesn’t match “the truth,” I’m deceived.

Truth is often camouflaged and not easily noticeable at first glance. It’s good to fact check.

If you’ve ever been wrong when you thought that you knew you were right, you’ve experienced the reality of self-deception. Being sincere and passionate about your views, doesn’t make them correct.

When we think we’re completely right and others are completely wrong, we’re deceived. Our emotions, fears, hopes, and dreams, can all manipulate us and make truth hard to find. Even the best facade doesn’t tell the whole story, but hides more than it reveals.

We often try to get people to believe what we want them to, rather than to seek truth. When I read the Bible, the Holy Spirit often shows me where my opinions are wrong.

It’s hard to feel secure in life when you’re hiding truth that you don’t want known. Inner security isn’t automatic. Some behaviors produce it; some destroy it. Honesty requires much more strength, courage, & heroism than lying.

The words, attitudes, and behaviors, flowing from within you, show who you are. We live in a time when people seem to be more shocked by honesty than by lies. When we intentionally lie, we know it, and we choose deception over reality.

The living Jesus wants to direct your life from within you, not just thru outward rules and religion. God’s government isn’t rule keeping. It’s Spirit-empowered, right living, inner peace, and joy. It’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer, discernment, truth, and humility.

Your national citizenship doesn’t last beyond the grave, but God’s kingdom’s eternal! For a Christ-follower Jesus is first. He’s the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

We’ll understand history better when we handle the truth honestly, not selectively. Search for: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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