It is bow hunting season around here and I enjoy going hunting. Now, there are those who are antihunting and others that are prohunting, with extremes in both. I don’t stress about whether or not I end up taking a deer or not, its the time spent in the woods that is most important. Enjoying God’s creations, spending time out in the woods alone except for God. For me, it is a peaceful time. But, while looking out my front window at home today, looking to see if there were any out in the field I saw something that looked like a deer. I watched it a while to see if buck or doe, if a buck, how big it was and such. Well, it was early, some light, but not a lot, enough to see, but dark enough that it was not completely able to see things clearly. As I was watching with the sun rising, finally enough light to see things clearly and it was a bush of some kind as well as shadows from the trees that gave the illusion of a deer. I thought about how many times I had done that while hunting. I will admit that it was more times than I could count. Wanting so badly to see a deer that I saw things that weren’t there. At times, getting so focused on those things that I ended up not seeing one that should have been in sight but I was so distracted and focused on the illusion that I overlooked the real thing. Sometimes, seeing a real deer, but then seeing what I thought was a bigger and better buck that I watched and waited until I could get a good shot. Finally, realizing that the one that was in range was now gone and the other “deer” was only a trick my mind played on me.
My eyes, and my mind, deceived me. I saw something I wanted to see that wasn’t there. As Christians, we need to be on the look out for deception. There are a lot of ways a Christian can be deceived and if so, led down a path away from the Lord and to eternal damnation. One must use their own judgement to determine if what they are hearing and seeing is consistent with the Bible. If so, marvelous, but if there are inconsistencies, then one must realize that perhaps they are being fooled.
And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. Luke 21:8
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Matthew 24:4
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men’s] bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21
We must also strive to not deceive ourselves and when we are doing so can be more difficult than seeing when the deceit comes from someone else. We can deceive ourselves about ourselves; our thoughts, motivations, believes, character and if we find flaws, then we must seek Him to correct those flaws. We can deceive ourselves about the same things in others and must constantly be on guard for deception. We convince ourselves what a person says is right, sometimes even when we initially know that is not true but we want it to be the truth, so we deceive ourselves. Yes, out of all the deceivers out in the world, the one that is the most dangerous to one is themselves.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5
Lord, I worship You and praise Your Holy Name. I thank You for the lessons. Some are harder than others but all are needed. I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to teach me. Show me how I may have deceived myself. Show me Your truths so that I can better follow You. Show me my inadequacies that I correct them and make myself more Christ like and thereby, be a better vessel for You. I pray for family and loved ones, draw them to You. Show them any deceit in their lives, whether it is their own or that of others and teach them the truth that they may free themselves from the chains of sin and come to You. I ask that You show all of us Your mercy and forgive us all our sins, whether against ourselves, others or You.
Thank You again for stopping by my blog. I hope someone is blessed by this and that all have a blessed day. As always, please, try your hardest to be a blessing to someone else today as well.
(FYI, the picture is either a rabbit or a duck, sometimes, once you see one thing, you can’t see the other.)