2 Timothy 4:3-5 ESV
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
As I write tonight, I am saddened by the mere truths of this. So many times we take scriptures, and twist them to fit our own agendas. We look to find people in ministry, Christian song lyrics, and guidance from friends and take the pieces of advice that suit our own passions, and fall into the trap of making our own desires, what we think is God's desire for our lives. It is so easy to become deceived, buy into the lies, and be blinded to the truth of the scriptures, and the walk away from the promises God has for us. Willingly, we walk down a path allowing pride and deceptions to cloud our emotions. We walk away from the truth and wander off into myths.
It is vital that we become aware how easy it is to allow emotions, and desires stand in the way of God's best for our lives and settle for less. By grounding our lives in the truth if the scriptures, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us, and matching up the advice we are given to God's advice in the word, we can protect ourselves from deception.
Praying tonight that my life and actions can be an example of truth and not one that will lead others astray. May my words, my prayers, and who I am reflect those of Christ. I will fail, I am not perfect... but I AM FORGIVEN! I praise God for the cross, and desire to exemplify Him to those around me.