Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

As I sat here praying about today’s devotion, I was prompted to write about this.  Many of us have redeployed from where we initially met, and while we rejoice in the reunion with family and friends, I fear we also rejoin some of the familiar temptations which would draw us away from Christ.

 You know, life is unlike the cartoons, where the devil shows up with a red cape, horns and a pitchfork. If any of us were confronted by this guy, we would immediately put up our defensive wall and begin resisting the devil.  We’d get biblical and say “Get behind me, Satan!”. Yet, unfortunately for us, his schemes are much more subtle, much less direct, much more, well, pleasurable. And he doesn’t always want you to sin.  No dear Christian, as long as He can get your eyes off of Christ he has succeeded in his goal. Once you are out of Christ, you will soon find yourself like a plant left in the sun without water, withering and dying.

Watch out for the philosophies that creep in. Some common deceits: God did not create you, your blessing is tied to your action, life is all about you, life is all about stuff, you are just a sinner saved by grace. These are subtle, yet the effects are staggering for the Christian.

 Remember, above all, go after Christ. Abide in Him and let His Word abide in you.


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