Don't expect those who desire to pull you from God to always be bold and in your face. When the serpent guided Adam and Eve away from God, he simply said, "Did God really say that?". Just a few words to open the doors of doubt and rationalization is often all it takes for you and I too take a step away from the truth of God. Deception often plays to our ego and desire to be self reliant, not God reliant.
When we embrace such words and allow ourselves to become more aware and intelligent than God, we open ourselves up to all kinds of lies that exist within the world. The lies are older that you and I and will be spewed from the serpent as long as we are open to listen. We must beware of false gods who desire our attention, even when that false god is self.
It is hard to watch someone you love embrace a false god, and it is harder still to see our own false gods that flatter our egos. Our egos tell us God owes us for our good deeds, that God is not as powerful as we, and His grace becomes something we try to manipulate, buy, and control. In the process, like Adam and Eve, we become our own false gods.
Be aware of the serpent in today's world, they are everywhere and they make very good sense to our human egos. Relying on and leaning heavily into Gods Truth takes us from our egocentric life into the Ego-less Love of Christ, from self justification, pleasure, blame, and isolation too His compassion, love, empathy, acceptance, reliance, and forgiveness. My heart hurts for you and me when we forget who we are in God the Father and Christ the Savior, and my heart rejoices when you and I remember who we are in Christ and submit to His authority, to the love and grace and mercy of our God. Remember today who you are, and let's remind each other every day.
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