Describe in your own words these two deceptions that cause us to walk away from God. We think we need something other than God in order to be home. We believe we are walking towards God when we are walking away from Him. How have you experienced these deceptions in your life?

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      Geraldine
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      “God help those who help themselves!” We need to initiate the move before God can help us! A lie! God initiates! God waits! God woos us back to Himself.

      “We are Christians only when visibly we are active in our service, or attendance in church!” A lie! As much as our fruit shows our interior heart, I was reminded of Samson. He walked away from God, towards Delilah, and even upon his death he was a “suicide bomber.” His name is recorded in the Hall of Faith!
      Our destiny in Christ is based on our faith in Him, and His grace – nothing of our doings – be it our piety, or practice.

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      Chantra
      Participant

      I have experienced these great deceptions. Thinking that I was walking towards God when I was really walking away from Him and feeling like I needed something in addition to God, like God was not enough. One example is in job. I pray for God to help me do the things I want to do. Some of those things were leading me from God and causing me to invest time and energy in things that were not needed.

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      April
      Participant

      We look to other things to find satisfaction because we believe that God is withholding something good from us and that He is not enough. It goes back to the original sin the Garden of Eden. Eve too the fruit because she was afraid God was withholding something good from her and she believed she needed that thing to be truly satisfied, so she went after it for herself. We’ve all been doing this ever since. I definitely experience this on a daily basis and even when I’m aware of it, my flesh and the Spirit are battling it out.

      We often believe we are walking towards God when we are walking away from him because the things we’re doing look good and seem good and right. They may be, but the problem is we take good things and make them ultimate, and then they become idols and a false source of satisfaction. It is very easy for me to fall into this and to believe I’m doing pretty good because I’m studying the Bible and working in ministry.

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      Veta
      Participant

      Trying to be the best mother at all costs or trying to be the best wife and the expense of your relationship with God. These are the deceptions that cause you to not return home but walk away from God.

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      Our Daily Bread
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