Magicians earn their living deceiving people using sleight of hand tricks. With an abracadabra and a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t, rabbits disappear, handkerchiefs change color, and the queen of hearts moves to the top of the deck.

Far worse than a magician that tricks you is a false religious leader that deceives you. As the end of the age draws near, Jesus said, “False christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).

The best defense against a great deception is a strong dose of the truth. The truth will set you free. It will also protect you from the one who deceives.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG