Let no one deceive you with empty words

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:3-14

It is amazing how sweet the empty words of false prophets and other deceivers are to so many. Just this past year Harold Camping the 90 year old former president of Family Radio twice predicted the end of the world and many believed his words. Things are bad and it seems like the end of the age should be soon, yet we are told by God that we will not know the day and hour. Still, what God has said does not seem to slow the false prophets down.

The fastest growing religion in the country and possibly the world lures followers with empty words telling people they too can be like God. Just follow these steps and you will become a god. I sometimes wonder why when people read Joseph Smith’s words they don’t notice the similarity of his promise with the same promise made in the garden to Adam and Eve. They too wanted to become like God. Sweet empty words.

Almost the entire Middle East, Northern Africa and much of Southeast Asia follow the empty word of a false prophet. Many are ready to kill and destroy those that choose to not follow Islam. Mohammed kept his empty words close to the Bible but close is not enough where God is concerned. Once again all one is asked to do to enter heaven is follow some rules. Just do the right thing and you can work your way into heaven. More sweet empty words.

But religion does not have a monopoly on empty words. All one needs to do is turn on a TV or open a magazine or news paper and we are bombarded with what we need to drink or ware or buy to be popular or more masculine or more feminine. We are told what to think in order to fit in with the PC culture. We are told not to talk about religion as it will offend someone. Just be quiet and everything will be fine. Don’t just listen to our empty words, spread them around.

The Bible is full of word with real meaning and real truth. There are no empty words in God’s writing or His vocabulary. We need to we need to immerse ourselves in the fullness of His Word and the empty words around us will have no power over us.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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