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“The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps” (Proverbs 14:15, NKJV). Have you ever been confused about what’s true and what isn’t? I have. I read articles on the internet that make me wonder. Some sound plausible but others seem questionable at best, even ridiculous. Misinformation, or fake news, is more readily available and spreads faster because of our modern technology. It doesn’t matter the subject—politics, health, financial investments, God’s Word—false information comes wrapped in smooth words and impressive presentations. How can we determine what to believe? Proverbs 14:15 warns us to be cautious about what…

“I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends, so that you can watch out and not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people. I don’t want you to lose your own secure footing.” 2 Peter 3:17 (New Living Translation).

In the Southern United States, we have tornado warnings that make us aware of tornadoes in the area. So, I understand the concept of hearing and responding to a warning. A new year is upon us and the warning from the Apostle Peter in our devotional verse is still relevant to Christians today. Peter realized his death was eminent and he was warning the followers of Christ that they needed to be extra vigilant of wicked people who could lead them away from the Truth of God’s Word.

Prayer: Jesus, please help me to stay alert to the tricks of Satan. As the old song says, “Keep me true Lord Jesus, keep me true. There’s a race that I must run, there are victories to be won. Every hour by thy power, keep me true.” Amen.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

    “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:9 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). Deception is an old trick Satan has used throughout the ages. He used it on Eve as recorded in the Book of Genesis and he is still trying to deceive today. Deception causes us to question the truth of God’s Word. The Apostle Paul was aware of Satan’s tactics when he wrote these words of admonition to the Galatians in our devotional verse. Paul warned the believers in Galatia not to be deceived because God will not be mocked or laughed at. The end result of falling for Satan’s deception is we will reap what we sow.
    Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your Word that gives me clear direction. Keep me from falling prey to the trick of deception. One day the Deceiver will be cast into Hell and we’ll be rid of this nuisance forever. In Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!
    Devotion by Kaye Singleton