Memory Verse - (Oct 2-9)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Paul's second letter to the Thessalonian Church, where he discusses the delusion God will send upon the world in the Last Days. As we saw last week, the first delusion in the Garden informs all other delusions since. We also saw that delusion is most often a willing state - people want to be lied to. Why? They must get something out of it, right? What could they possibly get out of a lie that is worth risking their very souls? Let's see what Scripture tells us.
Let us be thankful for the Spirit of Truth (the Holy Spirit) that protects us from the delusions of the world! May we always take the words of man and the words of any other spirit and search the Scriptures daily to see if these things be so. Let us delight in the Word of God's Truth, never substituting any man's "truth" in its place, however pleasing to the mind or heart. May we tremble in awe, excitement, and respect at its revelation to us of God's Salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior Who saves us from death to eternal life in His glorious and Holy presence. May we speak the Gospel, preaching the Word of Truth to those around us in the world who are buried under waves of deceptions - "Hear the Word of the Lord!" May the Lord inspire us to a deeper love and understanding of His Gospel and a deeper commitment in our witness to His Truth as His lights.
Our Memory Verse for this week is
“Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false” (2 Thessalonians 2:11 ESV).
Other verses to consider:
From last week:
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Indeed, has God said, "You shall not eat from any tree of the garden"?' The woman said to the serpent, 'From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, "You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die."' The serpent said to the woman, 'You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings." (Genesis 3:1-7)
“And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate’” (Genesis 3:11-13)
“And this is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
"In him was life, and the life was the light of men." (John 1:4)
“For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.” (Mark 4:22)
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins have been covered.” (Romans 4:7)