KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.
In our previous study we considered philosophy as one of the ways that some of us children of God are led out of the way and taken captive.
The next weapon of deceit is vain or empty deceit. According to our key scripture these deceptions come from the traditions of men and the rudiment or science or general physical principles of this life.
There are a number of vain deceit that have taken most people captive. One basic deceit is that Jesus is very far away from our day to day experiences. Many Christians would openly state that Jesus is very close by, yet their actions show clearly that they have wholly bought the idea that He is very far. That is the reason for so much unbelief. That is the reason for the fear most Christians express in the face of all kinds of beggarly situations. These attitudes and actions have unconsciously taken most Christians captive
Dear child of God, Jesus is as close today to every one of us as he was when he walked and lived physically on the earth. No situation should instill fear in you, for as he has always assured us of His presence, so is He present with us now.
Why are most Christians not involved in soul winning? Why is the church of God not manifesting the greater works our master. Jesus spoke about in John 14:12. Most Christians are deceived vainly.
Many Christians are deceived to believe that church is solely for meeting our needs either emotional, health or any other kind. This has resulted in so many self-centered baby Christians. The truth is that God is a need provider yet that is only one part of His reason for enlisting us. Church is supposed to be a militant force of men and women who are demonstrating the character and the power and love of Jesus Christ in their lives to win the world for the Lord.
What is making your heart cold towards the Lord.? These deceptions affect the impact of the word in us. Mark 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful”.
There are countless teachings that are simply vain deceit. They are purely human traditions that make God’s power of none effect. Mark 7:13 says “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition which you have delivered and many such like things do ye”.
Beware lest you are not taken captive by anyone
How to avoid being deceived:
Approach God’s word objectively.
Don’t allow old held believes to influence your understanding of scripture. (it may guide you)
Do whatever God’s word tells you.
My life is dependent on the word of God. I approach the word objectively and so I am not deceived but always enlightened so I may bless my world.
Revelation 12:9 ” And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”.
Mark 7:9 “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition”.