And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. Matthew 24:4-5
Through the window I feel the warmth of the sun like a fleece blanket. The light gleaming and the shadows of trees dancing add to the illusion of a warm day. Outside it is brisk with a chill lingering mid air for me to walk through on my way to the car. It’s deceiving; standing in the building lobby and only observing. Only the actual experience of walking outside can provide the true feeling of the winter day.
The deception of the sun through a window is something we come to recognize and expect. We are not as easily fooled by the rays that decorate the lobby floor or heat up the inside of a vehicle basking in the sunlight all afternoon. But the deceptions of Satan can be more difficult to recognize.
He can slowly and silently enter our lives through relationships that appear warm and inviting but bring negativity and temptation. The promise of inclusion or wealth is often disguised as opportunity or a new tribe. Resolutions to become a better person translate to unhealthy habits.
Changes, growth opportunities, new friends or hobbies can all be good things. As the new year is rolling in, be sure that prayer and time in Gods word are on the top of your 2020 goals list. Ask God to reveal himself and his blessings in your New Years aspirations so that you are not deceived by the distractions Satan slips in.