19 Feb Unmasking the Masquerade: The Five Layers of DeceptionFull Of It – Part 4
February 17 and 18, 2018 | Rod Robison
Unmasking the Masquerade: The Five Layers of Deception
Full Of It – Part 4
February 17th & 18th, 2018
Countered by discernment
“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding (discernment). Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.” Proverbs 2:2-4
Deception is often hidden in plain sight.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
“Solid (spiritual) food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Hebrews 5:14
When deception is repeated it tends to be strengthened.
1 Kings Chapter 11: The wisest man in the world becomes a fool by reinforcing his own deceptions.
Most often manifested when we allow ourselves to be distracted from the truth toward something of much less value.
“Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:37
When we become aware of the power of deception in our lives and choose the path of deception or the path of truth.
John 9:1-38: Stepping from darkness into the Light
My Next Step This Week:
___ I will pursue God’s truth by memorizing Romans 12:2.
Life Group Discussion:
- What assumptions do we sometimes make in our lives that trip us up and lead us into deception?
- In what ways can we “cry out for insight and ask for understanding”?
- What are some “hidden in plain sight” deceptions that we need to keep our spiritual “radar” attuned to?
- In what ways do we sometimes reinforce deceptions in our lives so that they become even more deceiving? What are some ways that cycle can be broken?
- Our lives are surrounded by misdirection. What are some things, “of much less value”, that keep us from truth and a truly abundant life? How can we develop spiritual discernment that keeps our eyes “fixed on Jesus”? Discuss Hebrews 12:1-2.
- When God opens our eyes to deception what are some ways we can choose the path of truth and staying on that path? How can we help our children, grandchildren, or students choose the path of truth rather than the path of deception?