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How can I know when I’m being deceived?

Judges 16:6So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me what makes you so strong and what it would take to tie you up securely.”

Ask yourself if your conscience still has a strong voice inside you. When your conscience tells you no and your desire tells you yes, can you still hear and follow your conscience? In this case, Delilah’s beauty and the promise of sexual pleasure completely convinced Samson that she was sincere. What had happened to Samson’s conscience? When you make a practice of not listening to your conscience, you will soon hardly hear it. Then you are extremely vulnerable to temptation. Don’t put yourself in a position where you can no longer hear or follow your conscience.

Acts 17:11They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

2 Samuel 13:4-5So Amnon told him, “I am in love with Tamar. . . .” “Well,” Jonadab said, “I’ll tell you what to do. Go back to bed and pretend you are ill.”

If someone is trying to convince you to do something that contradicts Scripture, you can be assured it is wrong. Know the Bible well enough to discern when someone is telling you something false.

Genesis 3:6Its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.

2 Samuel 11:8Then [David] told Uriah, “Go on home and relax.” David even sent a gift to Uriah . . .

If something seems too good to be true, ask yourself if you are being deceived. Sometimes you are wildly blessed and it is for real. But often if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Proverbs 14:7Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

How often we ignore obvious truths. Stay away from deceitful people if you want to keep from being deceived.