Another great devotion by Nancy Leigh DeMoss from her book, The Quiet Place

“As a rule, people don’t fall into bondage overnight. There is a progression that leads to bondage. And it begins when we start listening to and pondering things that aren’t true.”

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

“That’s how it all began in the garden of Eden. Eve listened to the lies Satan told her. I’m confident she had no idea where those lies would ultimately lead her and her family. Perhaps it didn’t seem particularly dangerous just to listen to the serpent — to hear him out, to see what he had to say. Listening in itself wasn’t disobedience.”

He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

“But here’s the key: listening to a viewpoint that was contrary to God’s Word put Eve on a slippery slope that led to disobedience, which then led to physical and spiritual death. Listening with an open mind to things that are not in accord with God’s Word is the first step toward bondage and destruction.”

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned (misrepresented), and in their greed they will exploit you with false words (stories they have made up). II Peter 2:1-3

“That’s why it’s so important to monitor the input we allow into our minds and hearts and to reject that which promotes ungodly thinking. A steady diet of worldly influences — from television, magazines, movies, music, friends, novels — will seductively shape our view of what is valuable, beautiful, and important in life.”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

“There are no harmless lies. We cannot expose ourselves to the world’s false, deceptive ways of thinking and expect to come out unscathed. Eve’s first mistake was listening to the serpent and considering his worldview as a valid option. Mindlessly absorbing counsel or reasoning that is contrary to the truth will lead us to develop wrong beliefs that eventually place us in bondage and erect barriers in our fellowship with God.”

Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Jesus Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. Romans 16:17-18

“Can you think of something you heard recently that appealed to your interests or desires but, as you think about it, is not consistent with God’s Word? Did you ‘listen to’ it (receive it immediately), or did you consciously reject the lie?”

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

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