God's Gift or Satan's Disguise?
Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:16-17
When temptation deceives us, it not only disguises its appearance, but also its origin. If it were obvious that a sinful thought had Satan’s name brand on it, we’d be less likely to follow it through. So how can we be sure that what we want to do is from God and not from the evil one?
First of all, God’s good gifts will display his prominent label—we will see God’s handiwork. Secondly, God’s blessings do not have to be kept a secret. They will be those things we can share and do and embrace in the light, not those things that have to take place in the shifting shadows.
God will never tempt you to lie, exaggerate, or sin in any way in order for you to receive his blessings. His way is right, constant and true. He will never contradict Scripture or comprise the character of the Holy Spirit living within you. Recognize that God always has your best interests in mind and wants you to experience the ultimate fulfillment in life by living in the light of his Word.
Dear Lord, as my heavenly Father, I know you only have my best interest in mind. Help me to not be deceived and to seek your guidance through prayer and your Words in the Bible whenever temptation comes into my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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