There is a light that is darkness. "If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:23). There is a life that is death - "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." There is a love that is fleshly desire - "But King Solomon loved many strange women… of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in unto them, neither shall they come in unto you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their god" (Matthew 6:23; I Timothy 5:6; I Kings 11:1-2).
Darkness, death, and fleshly desire often disguise themselves as light, life, and love. The devil himself enrobes his being with that which opposes his very nature in order to deceive us as a seeming "angel of light" (II Corinthians 11:14). Little wonder that the Lord Jesus Christ warned us to "judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24). Our senses, emotions, and perceptions often trick us, or more literally, our spiritual enemies seek to use our human faculties as tools to lead us astray. We must ever be on our guard against that which which may seem so very beautiful, good, and pleasant, but which actually offers treachery and disaster. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
This is written a simple reminder to my heart and yours of the Biblical truth regarding the matter, and of the times we've all experienced the darkness, death, and fleshly desire we thought were light, life, and love. Not everything is as it seems, feels, or appears in a fallen world. Scripture warns us continually to be on our guard. We ignore its counsel to great peril. We heed it to great protection. May we respond to our Heavenly Father's leading us in the light that is truly light, the life that is life, and the love that is love.
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test) the spirits, whether they be of God."
(I John 4:1)
Weekly Memory Verse
The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.