Have you ever been deceived? You misjudged someone’s character or intentions and now you’re hurt and angry. There are plenty of people we encounter who have hidden agendas. None of us are exempt because we live in a world full of evil. The pain is more severe when we’re deceived by someone we deeply care about.
The Bible gives a visual of deception in 1 Peter 5:8. “…your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” Imagine him licking his chops after we fall for someone’s lies. Our weaknesses are the sly one’s target. Jesus wasn’t exempt either. He fasted for 40 days and what did satan tempt him with? Food.
What are your weaknesses? You know them. Do you need attention you’re not getting at home? Be wary of new friends who seem to fill this void. Are you seeking validation that you’re pretty? Be wary of new friends who suddenly flood you with the compliments you crave. Are you seeking refuge from your chaotic home life? Be wary of new friends who encourage you to do things you shouldn’t.
One of God’s most wonderful gifts is discernment. Many times our discernment becomes cloudy when other major events are going on in our life. Satan is the author of chaos. It’s where he does his best work.
Wise Solomon gave us this directive in Proverbs 3:21-22 “My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.”
When you’re weak God is strong, however, when you’re weak satan is strong, too. Whose voice is speaking to you? Ask God for clear discernment. Every sunrise offers a clean slate.
Evaluate the people in your life. Do you need to make some changes? Your Heavenly Father will help you make these decisions. He’s your Great Protector.
Know I’m praying for you,