Just recently I got up at five a.m. to go pray, and fellowship with the Master. As I stood over the sink washing up, the Lord spoke into my heart and asked me a question.
“How would you know if you were deceived?”
This is how the Lord teaches me many things. He puts a question before me. To me it’s a nugget of meat that I must chew on until I get the answer. I spent the morning pondering the question. I had some answers that I “thought up” but there was no Scripture to support them. Everything God speaks to us can be substantiated by our Bible. After a couple of hours I gave up, I told the Lord I didn’t know how you identify a deceived person, myself included. I stopped meditating the question and began to consider other things of the Lord. As I walked along suddenly the Lord answered His own question for me. You become unteachable.
His answer hit me like a slap in the face, it’s like I just became fully awake. Scriptures began to flood into my spirit as I basked in the glory of His truth. Several years ago the Lord gave me a Scripture and instructed me to live by it.
II Timothy 2:24-26 In meekness instruct those that oppose themselves; if perhaps God will give them repentance when they acknowledge the truth.
I can’t begin to tell you how many good people I have known just walked away from God’s will. I showed them God’s Word but they would not accept it. Deceived folks are unteachable. They were determined to go their own way. Neither God nor I could change their mind. A deceived child of God is the closest thing to a zombie I have ever seen! They drag themselves around looking for something they don’t know they want. Their eyes are glazed over and it appears no one is home as they go about pursuing things they can’t comprehend.
Matthew 13:15 For the people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, they will not hear Me that I should heal them.
Jesus had to deal with deceived people every day. He tried to teach them, but they coveted their own belief.
Deceived people are unteachable. There is only one way to get a deceived person set free. You must get them to accept the truth. We must do what Jesus did, keep teaching the truth whether they accept it or not.
Mark 6:5-6 He could then do no mighty work except that He laid His hands upon a few sick folks and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief, and He went around about the villages teaching.
Jesus never gives up. If people won’t receive His gifts He just keeps on teaching until they choose His goodness. Are you teachable? Is your heart tender towards the Lord? If you answer yes, then the gates of hell will not prevail against you.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.