“Behold, they are all a delusion; their works are nothing; (Isaiah 41:29 ESV)
The delusions of false gods created by the enemy of God’s people have permeated every part of live. They can appear as attractive and as harmless as the apple in the garden of Eden. Their true nature becomes apparent when the eyes of a person’s heart are opened by the Spirit of God and things are seen as they really are. It is a sad thing that, for many, the cost of being misled can be high in terms of health, relationships, security, and many other parts of life.
There are plenty of false prophets more than willing to preach the kind of gospel that people want to hear and thus perpetuate the illusions, rather than bringing light into the darkness of hearts and lives by the true Word of God. God’s people must be alert for these delusions and measure all things against scripture if they are to remain faithful and not led astray.
Some try to tell us that the Word of God is “out of touch” with present reality and believers need to” move with the times, learn to adjust, and accept the world around us”.
It is suggested that the world is changing, not because more and more people are living according to Godly principles, but because more and more people are doing the opposite and casting aside those principles of ethics and morality in favour of the delusions of self satisfaction and self advancement. Neither do the new ways lead to the happiness and fulfillment they promise but can only found in relationship with God.
It is not for nothing that we are urged to “return to the Lord”
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will enable us to see through any delusions we may be enveloped in and guide us into the way of truth.
When I looked among the gods, none of them had a thing to say; not one could answer the questions I asked, 29 All these gods are useless they can do nothing at all— these idols are weak and powerless.” (Isaiah 41:28-29 ESV)
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7 ESV)
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, (Psalm 119:1-2 ESV)
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. (Psalm 119:95 ESV)
You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant. (2 Timothy 4:3-5 The Message)
19-22 Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 The Message)
9 The Wicked One will come with the power of Satan and perform all kinds of false miracles and wonders, 10 and use every kind of wicked deceit on those who will perish. They will perish because they did not welcome and love the truth so as to be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 GNT)