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True or False?

Lies often disguise themselves as truth. We are surrounded by self-help catch phrases that sound nice but contradict the word of God.

Who hasn’t heard it said, maybe even in church, “Just follow your heart”? Yet, Jeremiah 17:9 says: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” We’ve heard the old saying, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” Many believe this is a quote from the Bible, but it was actually written by Benjamin Franklin. In the Bible, Jesus said something very different: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul is tackling head-on those who have been preaching a gospel that contradicts the true Gospel found in the scriptures. He is very bold in pointing out to the Corinthian church that they have been deceived.

Deception like this still exists today, so it is important for Christians to learn and speak the truth. As we spend more time reading God’s Word, we will grow in wisdom and understanding, and it will become more difficult for us to be deceived by the world.

Reflect:

  • What lies have you heard before that sound a lot like the truth? What does the Bible have to say about those things?
  • Is reading the Bible a priority in your life? If not, what is one small change you can make today to make it easier for you to spend time reading and learning from God’s Word?

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