Be careful what you believe; many want to deceive

IQ and DQ (Deception Quotient) are not corelated. When the words won’t add up, there’s probably some deception in the equation. My own thoughts and feelings are deceptive. I have to wrestle them to get to truth.

Life is a mindfield of deception, exploding with lies. Be careful where you walk. Often deception begins with the faulty reception of truth. Truth has a lot of counterfeits. It’s often hard to recognize the difference. Without discernment & accurate fact checking, it’s easy to believe many lies.

Baited hooks can be deceiving. Better look closely before you bite. Pride guarantees deception because it refuses to see any side but its own. Not seeing is deceiving. Instead of looking for truth, we’re often searching for ways to justify our opinion.

Seeing the truth requires gazing and pondering, not just glimpsing and running. Falsehood in your heart, makes it hard to see truth when you look at others.

To ignore your conscience is to embrace deception. As the two sides of the same coin, when life flips you, you will land with either discernment or deception showing. The ability to accurately differentiate between truth & fiction seems to be in short supply.

Deception tries to force circumstances to fit your opinion. Truth does the opposite. People who are afraid to disagree with their friends are easily led into deception.

Crowds gather around deception, not around complete honesty and total truth. Twisted truth can be as deceptive as the boldest lie. A deception remains a secret as long as we allow ourselves to be deceived by it.

Some people want you to discover truth. Others just want you to believe exactly what they do.

Subjectivity is subject to deception. Feelings are often inaccurate and try to steer you away from facts. It’s best to verify your emotions and desires, with reality. Truth is a humble pursuit, not an arrogant opinion.

Second-hand “truth” is always watered down with human opinion. It’s wise to look beyond it. We humans often decorate truth with our desires, making it indistinguishable from falsehood.

If you’re not correct 100% of the time, that proves you’re capable of being deceived. The nature of deception is that you don’t know when it has snared you. When deception dances with truth, it spins tricky traps that ensnare many people.

To be deceived is to think you’re right when you aren’t. Deception happens to us all. The unquestioned reception of someone’s views, always leads to some deception. Deception’s not just here and there, it’s everywhere (including inside of us). Be careful what you believe; many want to deceive.

Deception wants you to believe what it says with no evidence but hearsay. We humans often choose to deceived rather than be embarrassed by the truth. Comfortable deception is difficult to overcome. The journey from deception to light takes courage, but it’s worth the trip! The path of least deception is the courageous uphill climb toward unveiled truth.

Triumph isn’t more important than truth, nor victory than virtue. If a cause claims to transcend truth and begins to make its own rules, that’s deception. If you won’t deceive yourself, plenty of other people will try to do it for you.

You can deny it and try to hide it, but truth stays true, even when hidden or denied. Who you listen to will influence what you believe is true. Have multiple sources.

Deceivers abound and are often popular. Jesus warned: “Beware of false prophets.” History shows that religion can make us think we’re following God when we aren’t. We’re all deceived in various degrees and need God’s light to show us our deception.

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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