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1 John 4:1
We have a tendency to gravitate to people who speak frequently and confidently of God and His Word. But how do we know if this person is a servant of God, or a servant of self––or worse—a servant of the enemy?
It reminds me of the movie The Devil’s Advocate starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and Charlize Theron. Al Pacino’s character was the devil, but Keanu Reeves’ character didn’t realize this until it was too late. Even though his wife, played by Charlize Theron, could discern the evil, Keanu’s character was blinded by words, carnal pleasures, and material possessions.
When the truth was revealed to him he was so shocked and dismayed to realize how many people he had interacted with in life had actually been the devil in disguise. Each time he ate the proverbial apple that each of these individuals gave him, he had no clue that he was being lured in by the devil and losing his life and soul to evil.
That can happen to any of us. As humans, we are not immune to the enemy’s attacks and seductions.
You have to stay prayed up and you have to keep your eyes and ears tuned in to God’s voice and light—so you can distinguish Him from all others. We always need our armor on because we are always under attack. The enemy doesn’t take breaks, vacations, holidays, or sick days. We can’t afford to either.
My dad used to always tell me that the closer we get to God, the stronger our relationship with Him, the more the enemy attacks us. And let’s be clear, the enemy attacks us through our loved ones. It attacks our loved ones to break us down. Stay prayed up and don’t give in to the pressure.
Father I pray for discernment to see and differentiate real from false, truth from lies, light from dark, Your voice from that of the enemy’s; Your voice from my flawed, weak, fear-based human voice; the mortal mind that convinces me that those false experiences and false evidences are actually real. Father help me to see through the clutter and chaos, and the fog. Help me to remove the blinders from my eyes. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. Share a time when the gift of discernment opened your eyes about a person who wasn’t being honorable.
3. What are your thoughts about people who use religion for personal gain, and how you think we can protect ourselves from these false prophets?
4. What is a prayer that you recite to protect yourself from the enemy’s attacks? Or do you have an affirmation, song or chant, that you recite to use to guide you as you step forward, progress through, and end your day?
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