2 Thessalonians 2; Isaiah 27-28; Psalm 118
Students will often try to fool me, usually with words that sound an awful lot like words that they should not be saying in the classroom. I remind them that if they fool me, I will be fooled, but they will pay the consequences for their great job of fooling me. Deluding others appears to be an art form for students, and for everyone else in our world today.
Paul talked about people who are easily deluded usually because of their own stubbornness. “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2Thessalonians 2:10b-12) I think this sobering message is important for our world that seems to think that God is waiting on them to let Him know what He thinks.
“Oh God wouldn’t do that!” How many times have we heard others say that when we speak directly from Scriptures regarding truth and God’s reaction to those who would pervert the truth? There is simple truth in God’s message to the world. God loves sinners. (And I include myself in that group.) Christ Jesus came to save sinners. (Of whom I am chief.) The only hope for salvation comes through trusting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. If Jesus really is Lord of our lives, it should make a difference in our daily lives.
There are those who will talk the talk about following Jesus, but will then live the lie that God has no standards. They believe the lie that they can live any way they want and that God will forgive their non-repentant hearts. They recognized their sinfulness as they were convicted of the sin of their wicked ways; now they have baptized those ways and live in them proudly since they have “decided to follow Jesus.” These are hard words to say for someone who believes in God’s grace and mercy so strongly, but there is no grace and mercy for those who believe and follow that lie. Our hope is in the life changing power of Jesus Christ. Trust Him to make you the person He wants you to become in all areas of your life.
Lord God, I confess that while I claim You as Savior and Lord, I still act at times as if I believe the lie that tells me I can do whatever I want. Continue to work in me and mold me to be the man You have called me to be.