Paul, Trusting in God

Do not be deceived. Trust in God.

Have you ever met somebody who does not tell the truth? Or, perhaps stretches the truth at times to make a better story? If you are like most people, you have met someone who deceives with empty words. It may seem harmless to talk to these people, spend time with them and be friends. God may not think it is so harmless.

The bible says not to let anybody deceive us with empty words, because God gets angry with our disobedience. When we accept lies as the truth, we are rebelling against God, and that makes God furious. What if we are just bystanders innocently listening, without comment? God warns us not to be partakers with them. We are going along with them, if we stay and listen and acknowledge lies told as truths. We are giving them an audience. We should not partake.

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
–Ephesians 5:6-7 (NKJV)

This is not always easy. Sometimes, you can walk away. Other times, the person may get angry at you and target you. They may tell lies about you. I have had this happen to me. It is not fun. It can feel like everyone is against you. God is for you. If God is for you, who can be against you? God has the almighty power to raise up or bring down kings. God can take the lies and turn them into good. Would you rather partake with people not telling the truth and endure the wrath of God? Or, would you rather walk away and let God fight your battles, since you honored the Lord? Do not be deceived. Trust in God. Do not partake in deception and empty words.

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