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Power Over Deception

Luke 23:34

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided His clothes and cast lots.

Jesus spoke these words just after they crucified Him and just before he was personally shamed. He knew those who were acting unjustly and ungodly did not realize the seriousness of their acts against Him. In fact, many of them were acting out of religious zeal and believed they were doing a necessary and godly act by crucifying Him and shaming Him. In fact, however, it was the hatred and jealousy in their own hearts that drove them to commit such great sin. Their hearts had deceived them, and they committed actions of grave judgment. Jesus, however, recognized the deception and asked the Father to forgive them.

Has your heart ever deceived you? Have you ever acted out of anger or a passion for justice you mistakenly thought was valid? Have you ever misjudged a person or situation due to limited knowledge? Have you ever reaped consequences from something you never knew would hurt you? If so, take heart. Jesus has already asked the Father to forgive you.

Jesus died because of the deception of the enemy. When we believe his lies and act accordingly, we fall into a trap of sin that brings God’s judgment. Our sin allows the enemy access to places he was previously banned. Jesus, however, took the wrath of God upon Himself so the enemy would not be successful in his schemes. Once we realize the truth, we can repent – turn from that sin – and that truth sets us free from wrath and judgment in Christ.

Where have you been deceived? Submit that matter fully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and know that you are forgiven. There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain of bondage that has held you captive and to right every wrong you have done and that has been done to you. Hallelujah!

Have a blessed day!

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