The Deceitfulness of Sin
October 24, 2008
“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is
still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened
by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
I wish that Satan walked around with a placard that said, “Satan!
Beware!” But he doesn’t. Instead, he is “a liar
and the father of lies” (John 8:44) and appears as “an
angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Some of his most common
tools are deceit, half-truths, lies, falsehoods, and trickery.
The simple fact is that we need each other in order to combat
the subtleties of sin. We can’t expect that we will never
be tricked. We can’t assume that other people will always
see sin for what it is. We need to be watching out for one another,
encouraging each other in the truth of the Word of God, helping
to keep each other on the straight and narrow. Paul speaks on the
same theme in Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, even if anyone is
caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one
in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that
you too will not be tempted.”
- Look back over your life:
where has the deceitfulness of sin tripped you up in the past?
- Are you involved in any activity, relationship, or thought-pattern
right now that should be examined more closely? Perhaps you have
felt uneasy about it, or some friends or family members have
raised questions or concerns about your involvement?
- Are any of your friends
or family members involved in or leaning toward sinful activities,
relationships, or thought-patterns? How can you encourage them
toward a holy lifestyle?