How To Avoid Being Deceived

The biggest danger is for a Christian to think s/he could never be deceived. The first step is to recognise that each one of us can be deceived, if we do not follow Jesus' instructions and the warnings of others in the Bible. Below are some guidelines.

1. DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD on a daily basis by
   
•  practising the four spiritual discplines Jesus practised 
    •  learning to recognise the voice of the Good Shepherd

2.  GET TO KNOW GOD'S WRITTEN WORD  -  THE BIBLE  - AND THE HOLY SPIRIT   
   
•  The Word of God will help to keep you on the right track and
        enable you to discern truth from error.  (PSALM 119:105)
    •  The Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth, as Jesus promised
       (JOHN 16:13-15) and seek God's wisdom as James advised  JAMES 1:5-6

3.  TEST EVERYTHING YOU SEE & HEAR WITH THE WORD OF GOD
     Anyone or anything that contradicts the Written Word of God is a lie and
     a counterfeit.
(1 JOHN 4:1)

4.  DON'T FOCUS ON THE GIFTS; FOCUS ON THE GIVER 
     [See JESUS ON SIGNS & WONDERS]
     The point of signs and wonders is that they should point people to God, not
      to individuals posing as miracle workers. By focusing on signs and wonders,
      we are in danger of focusing attention on ourselves instead of on God.


5.  BE ALERT TO THE ENEMY'S TACTICS OF DECEIVING THE UNWARY
     Don't be gullible. Be aware of the ways the enemy tries to deceive the unwary
     by 
   
  Tempting you into seeking signs and wonders  MATTHEW 12:38-42
    •  Using crowd manipulation techniques for inducing trance-like states to prevent         you hearing the Word of God & testing everything

6.  BEWARE OF FLESHLY DISPLAYS OF SHOWMANSHIP IN FRONT OF LARGE CROWDS   
     •  Jesus was not interested in spectacular displays before large crowds
     •  Beware of so-called healers and evangelists who like to perform in front
        of large crowds,
often with crude appeals for money before anything else.
        They frequently use well-known crowd manipulation techniques, including loud         music and hypnotic chanting, raising of hands in response to instructions from         the platform to increase  crowd suggestibility, and the use of emotional                appeals.
    •  There is little emphasis on the Word of God and much emphasis on
        dramatic experiences
, including pushing people over as a sign of 'being slain
        in the Spirit'
; claims from the platform of dramatic healings, which are not               substantiated or followed up with credible evidence; and appeals for money to         support the work!

BUT Don't let fear of being deceived by the fakes make you quench the genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit  1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-22


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