A Subtle Deception

JeffKlickPhoto-138-207-06162014A Subtle Deception

By Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick

Has the devil ever lied to you? Have you ever lied to yourself? Have you ever felt very strongly about someone only to find out later that you were wrong? Most of us are wrong at some time or another in our lives! Often, this error involves looking at someone else and includes what we think of them. One error usually goes like this….

Everybody else is so spiritual but I am a clod. Everybody else’s family is almost perfect and mine is a wreck. Everyone else’s marriage is wonderful and I am stuck in this one. Everyone else’s children are so well behaved and mine are so wild, etc. etc. etc. The truth is everyone has problems. If you could spend time in anyone else’s home, you might just be surprised. Sure, everyone looks good on Sundays, but hey, so do you!

We have a hard time imagining anyone else being as “bad” as we are. Herein lays one of the biggest lies of the devil. The Bible tells us not to compare ourselves with others; for if we do this, we are foolish (2 Corinthians 10:12). The only accurate standard is our obedience to the Lord. What has God told you to do? If you are obeying the revealed will of God, then you are on the correct path. When you try to compare yourself, your marriage, or family to others you are using the wrong measuring stick.

If you could look into others’ lives, you would see many rough areas just like in yours. Couples who you thought never had a harsh word for each other do disagree sometimes. Children who look so neat and obedient on Sunday mornings have an old nature and need the rod just like your children do on Monday! I do not believe I have ever met a couple who did not disagree or argue (I did meet one once who said this, but I think they were lying!). I have never met a perfect child, husband, wife, or family, for we all are being changed from one degree of glory to the next degree of glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Sometimes it is an ugly process!

The devil’s main weapon against us is deception. He whispers into our minds that we are not worthy, or we are not good enough. We do not pray enough, read enough, or fast enough. We are just not spiritual enough. And you know something, he is right! However, it does not depend on us. Our performance is not the basis on which we are judged. We are judged on our obedience. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He began a good work in us and He will complete it! We are all masterpieces in process. Ever see a painting half done? How about a statue that was not finished yet? It’s not always pretty looking. But wait until the master finishes it! Then it will be something to look at!

We are all in different stages of completion by our Master. The enemy loves to whisper into our minds, “look at all those others. See how far you have to go. You are not as far along as them. You are not even good enough to be in the same room as them.” And we believe him! The devil’s strategy usually works. He wants us to get our eyes off the Master and place ~ them on each other or worse yet, ourselves!

People should group together by vision, purpose, and goals, not on whether they are worthy or not. Who is worthy to stand before the Lord? Who has arrived? Who has all wisdom and truth? No one but the Lord Jesus! We all stand simply based on faith and by the grace of God, not based on our works.

A wise man will keep companionship with other wise men but a companion of fools comes to ruin (Proverbs 13:20). It is a good thing to be around families you want to be like, but do not listen to the enemy’s voice as you do. We are all on the same path of trying to obey the master. Some days we do better than others do, so do not compare yourself with others, for it is always a trap.

We all struggle; you are not the only one. The devil lies to all of us, but praise God for His infinite grace and mercy! Let us believe God and quite listening to the lies of our enemy!

About Dr. Jeffrey A. Klick

Dr. Jeff Klick has been in fulltime ministry for over thirty years (since 1981). He currently serves as the senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship in Kansas City, Kansas, a church he planted in 1993. Dr. Klick married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, in May of 1975. They have three adult children and ten grandchildren. Dr. Klick loves to learn and has earned a professional designation, Certified Financial Planner, earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from Master’s International School of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary . In addition to serving as senior pastor at Hope Family Fellowship, Dr. Klick is a consultant with The Institute for Church Management, weekly shares on two radio shows on the Alive in Christ Radio Network, and also serves on the Board of Directors for The Council for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Klick is a frequent blogger on several websites and has published multiple books.

Blog and Personal Website: www.jeffklick.com

Author Page for all my books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009L3BNLW

 

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