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You Have Won £10,000!

Dear friends,

It never ceases to amaze me the trouble folks will go to in an attempt to deceive others.

We often hear of these things in the media, computers hacked and information and/or money stolen. Emails and letters sent to get the information from folks so that bank accounts can be accessed.

There is also the more subtle deceptions where, for example, an elderly person is befriended by someone who offers help and company and then gains access to bank cards in order to 'do the shopping'.

This was something that happened to my mother and it was only when I was checking bank statements that I realised that for an elderly lady living alone, her shopping bill was more than £130 a week.

So it is wise and reasonable to be on our guard with these scams and deceptions; the best way is to know what to look for and how they work. But what about when we deceive ourselves, or when we believe something that actually is a deception?

A man went to see his doctor, and the doctor asked what the problem was. So the man, pointing to his shoulder said 'It really hurts when I press here' then pointing to his elbow 'and here too', and then finally, pointing to his knee' here too, I don't know what's wrong with me'.

The doctor gave a knowing look and said 'You have broken your finger!'

The problem is that we can be deceived by being distracted by the manifestations of deception rather than dealing with the root.

The battle is always going to be between worldly wisdom and God's wisdom. The deception comes when the lines are fuzzed, when we have no clear definition between the two.

Paul writes on this subject in 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 - "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a 'fool' so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight."

I suppose the question is, which one will win in our lives, worldly wisdom or God's wisdom?

The answer to that is easy, the one you feed.

Wishing you all joy and peace,

With much love,

Pastor Andrew

 

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