“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”  2 Cor 11:3

Satan deceives through cunning and art.  He uses our own weaknesses against us and deploys strategies that successfully trick us toward his intended purpose.   He makes us believe we truly want what we don’t, then condemns us for originating the plot.

Jesus didn’t lure through hearts through false premise.  There was no guile only pure sincerity in His intentions, words and actions.  This is what makes Christ so amazing – what you see in Him, in all the simplicity and grandeur, is what you get.

As His followers, we must loathe insincerity.  When tempted to manipulate situations or people through falsehood, we should remember this is a reserved strategy of our enemy!

We should never position ourselves as something we’re not, or allow others to partake in the deception of a false perception.  This includes our Christian devotion and worship.  Let all our devotion originate from the homage of the heart in pure, undefiled adoration of Christ!

Let all our devotion be an accurate, pure reflection of the inward status of our heart – and let that be a glorious thing Lord!

Have you complicated your relationship with the Father to become a set of rules and regulations?  Have you determined in your heart that your outward performance matters more to Him than the pure devotion of your heart?  If you have, you have fallen into deception and exchanged the truth of God for the lie of Satan.

Lord forgive us for believing lies.  Help us to walk in Your Truth, from the inside out.