SAFEGUARDS TO DECEPTION

 When Jesus spoke of the Last Days He emphasized to beware of deception Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5; Luke 21:8. The time period known as the Last Days is characterized by the Holy Spirit as a time of increased deception 2 Timothy 3:1, 13; 1 Timothy 4:1. The Book of Revelation’s description of satan’s main activity among the nations of men on Earth is deception Revelation 20:3, 7, 8. From these three witnesses we can assuredly say that in the Last Days deception will be on the increase. 
 Deception means there will be lies people will believe and accepting what is false as true. When a person is deceived they are believing a lie and it causes them to go astray, roam, and wander from safety, moral virtue, and truth. We can see deception going on in all levels of society from many famous and not so famous well meaning people. Every unsaved person is described as deceived (Titus 3:3) and every saved person is subject to deception in the areas they lack God’s Word, light, and truth. The good news is there are safeguards to deception and we have the ability to discern it and be protected from it. Here are some safeguards to deception:
1. ADMIT THE POSSIBILITY OF DECEPTION 1 Corinthians 10:12.
2. BE LOYAL TO TRUTH, LOVE AND DO THE TRUTH 2 Corinthians 13:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; John 3:19-21.
3. MAINTAIN A PRAYER LIFE AND TIME IN THE WORD 1 Timothy 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Timothy 4:1-4 (read; study; meditate).
4. BE A SUBMITTED AND FUNCTIONING MEMBER OF A LOCAL CHURCH 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:25; 13:17.
5. LIVE BY THE LAW OF LOVE 1 John 2:9-11; 1 John 5:20.
6. KEEP OBEYING THE GREAT COMMISSION, REACHING PEOPLE WHO ARE WITHOUT JESUS, WITH THE GOSPEL Mark 16:15-20.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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