deception

Come Sit for a Spell

Recently as I drove through the neighborhood I saw this sign on the front door that stood out to me. Kristen and I had been talking about the tall stand up signs near the front doors of homes that simply say, “Welcome.” You’ve seen them. They add a nice decorative look to the front of the house. I thought a professional thief just might interpret that sign the wrong way. The sign I saw however was different, it said, “Come in and sit for a Spell.” I know that means to come in for a period of time, but when I read it, immediately I thought, “No, I think I will pass because I’m not remotely interested in a spell being put on me or anyone else.” HERE’S the reality of that sign—witchcraft, sorcery and spells are an abomination to our God, but they are the practice of many in our society today. Why would anyone else engage in such dark practices when they could simply pray to the Light of the World? It seems like our whole world today is under some kind of blinding spell and we don’t see the evil because it dresses well and talks nice. But don’t you know that even the devil disguises himself as an angel of light? Come out from among them and don’t go into their house. Don’t live under the spell of their charm. Listen, don’t even dabble in darkness, but walk in the light. God has an answer for the sorcerers in society.

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Doubles

I visited briefly with a man I knew at a local restaurant as he was getting his order and I was giving mine. It wasn’t long into our conversation that the man stopped me and said, “You must think I’m Wayne, my twin brother.” At first I thought he was joking, but come to find out my friend Wayne has an identical twin. He looked and sounded like Wayne, but he wasn’t Wayne! It’s true that sometimes we talk to people we think we know, but the reality is, it’s not them, it’s their double! There was one among the twelve who had a double, and it wasn’t Thomas or Peter, but it was Judas. Judas wasn’t who everyone thought he was, but he knew the terminology used by the disciples and he was very familiar with all the ways of the disciples. Judas talked with a double tongue and double meanings, and there are those like that today who can always justify the lie they speak because there is another meaning. You have actually had conversations with deceptive doubles portraying one thing but mean something totally different, and when you catch them they say, “Oh, this is what I meant.” Jesus called them hypocrites, and when He confronted the double in the upper room, the disciples asked a strange question,

Matthew 26:22 “And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”

Even Judas jumped in and asked, knowing it was him. If you live with a double tongue and construct double meanings and conceal true meanings and intentions, the truth is not in you no matter how religious you pretend to be. Don’t be a Judas, but walk in the truth and speak the truth and be set free by the truth. Liars will never see the kingdom of God. Let’s check ourselves to make sure we don’t have a double.

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