My heart is heavy with realizing how I’ve been deceived and strayed. I thought I was wise, a mature believer. But, if I was so wise, how come I was deceived? I thought I would not be led astray by false teaching. Surely, I can recognize New Age practices and beliefs! The deception is SO INSIDIOUS!!
I didn’t realize I was embracing false teaching. It didn’t seem like it, it seemed like these new beliefs and practices would lead me closer to God. It didn’t.
We meet the God of the Bible in the Bible, not in mystical experiences!
It makes me sad to realize others, as well, are being deceived, and don’t realize it. New Age philosophies have infused the Church and the body isn’t seeing it. That grieves my heart.
This humbling is good for me. While painful and grievous, it’s giving me a right spirit before God. I’m feeling pretty ragged these days. I’m glad that’s not too much for God, and He comforts. He alone offers redemption. I’m re-learning that I need to trust what I know about God and not allow experience and emotions to rule the day.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”
“ But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
How am I being trained for Holiness and to discern good and evil?
Currently, that looks like the following–
–Limiting books of a spiritual nature. If I’m not going to take the time to vet out the authors beliefs, I’m not going to read their book. Too many authors are being touted as Christians, but are part of the emergent church movement or other false teaching. It doesn’t matter that the Christian community says their okay, God’s word doesn’t. I’ve had too many times of giving such people credence, no more. I don’t want to keep being deceived. The Berean Method needs to be applied.
–Allowing God to speak through the Bible, to renew my heart and mind.
–Being mindful of who I’m allowing on my social media feeds. I’ve recently cleaned house! There’s not much there anymore.
–paying attention to the red flags–breath prayers-contemplative prayer-meditation-practicing the presence-Lectio Divina.
I’ve been totally encouraged by God’s mercy! It is amazing to me that even when I stray, God seeks me out, rescues and comforts me. Praise God!
“ For I will be merciful to their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more”
I Peter 2:25
“For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls”
What encouragement, hope or challenge have you received from the Bible this week? Let’s encourage each other with God’s word!
I’ve previously talked about my experience here
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