Spotting Deception

As we in America gear up for an election I thought it is a perfect time to explore the soul more. No I am not going to tell you who to vote for or support, that’s your choice. But if we are going to be “led by the Spirit ” we need to know how to “hear” the Spirit. My mentioning the election is only for example purposes.

Why do people change their mind? We know our mind is part of our soul. We also know it is our soul (including our mind) is what goes to heaven or hell. It is the soul that gets saved when we believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Speaking of Jesus, Peter says,

1 Peter 1:8-9 KJV  “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
[9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

So why do people change their mind? All of us who are really saved thought differently before we got saved. We believed what we were taught as a child. But we came to a point where we decided we wanted to know more. So we searched out “things” to learn.

Just as we sought out information about God, about Jesus and how to get to heaven, we also search out truth regarding political candidates and many things in life.  Let’s face it, no one likes to be deceived. How would you feel if God told you how to get to heaven and when you died, you didn’t go to heaven? You would know God deceived you. But we know God is truth and can not lie.

Hebrews 6:18 KJV ” That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”

But people do lie. And Satan is the father of lies.  John 8:44 KJV “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

How do we know who is lying to us? Evidence. What have they said and what did they do. People speak lots of words but they do what’s in their heart and mind. When it comes to saying we hate sin and then we turn around and sin in the flesh, we understand the battle of the sin nature we were born with. But when a person says something and they are trying to convince you and me of their point of view,  how do we know if they are lying or deceiving us? Evidence. Look at their record of “deeds”. What have they done? How do they live? Is God in their life? What do they say about Jesus?

Mankind looks at the outward things. An example would be candidates may have a lot or done good things. But as God looks at the heart, we too need to look at the heart and not judge on outward appearances.  Did the person do things for personal gain, do they have a record of honoring God, what is their private life like. Once we look at all facets of their life and what they have done, we are in a better place to not be deceived by fluff, extravaganza, money or words.

Thoughts by candidates are placed into our mind just as a thought is presented to us by God, Satan, family, friends, coworkers and others. We process the thought and decide if we believe the thought or not and if action is needed, we act on the thought. When we act on the thought it is now in our heart.

Once the thought is in your heart it influences your soul, your mind, will and emotions.  Remember,  the heart is the gateway to the soul. So hearing the Spirit lead and guide us into all truth, we need to have God’s word as our foundation and then look at evidence.

So as this political season winds up, ask God who you should support and use God’s word as your guideline, look at the candidate’s evidence, what they say verses what they have done and was there personal gain motivating their decisions,  has the person lied before, if yes – about what and how often and pray asking God to give you his wisdom, not your thoughts. Our thoughts are limited to the scope of our knowledge and understanding only. God’s wisdom is infinite.

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