"Do Not Be Deceived"
September 27, 2013
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:7-9
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
Efui is an intelligent young man who was fascinated about the operations of nature, the sea, the rising and the setting of the sun. Efui had fallen in love with nature and worshiped it. He believed that it is natural to obey the demands of nature and, for that matter, the flesh. He therefore lived his sensual life to the fullest.
Not too long Efui was confronted by the Gospel truth found in Romans 8:5-8. Not only did he hear and understand those words, he also came to believe the Lord when He said, "For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's Law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God."
Now this revelation might have gone unnoticed if it had not been for the fact that Efui had been hospitalized because of his sensual over-indulgence. At the hospital a team of Christians on their usual hospital visitations shared the Gospel with Efui. He was there and then led to faith by the working of the Holy Spirit.
By God's grace an unplanned visit became the Lord's opportunity to reach one of His wandering and lost children. It is another evidence of the truth of Jesus' words recorded by John: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand" (John 10:27-29).
Today, if Efui could be with each of you, he would gladly share, "Do not be deceived by the world, the flesh, and the eyes. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father but through Him. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, follow Him, and you shall be saved."
To that we can only say, "Amen."
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, by the Savior's blood create in me a clean heart and grant that I may love those things that are pleasing to You. In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Pastor Lawrence Akorli Kwaw. Pastor Kwaw attended Lutheran Seminary, Obot Idim, Nigeria, and was commissioned as an evangelist for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana in 1994. He has served as a pastor at St. Peter's Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran, All Saints Lutheran, and is currently pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Pastor Kwaw is a music teacher at St Peter's Lutheran School and a speaker for Lutheran Hour Ministries' media program, In Touch. In this West African country of 24 million people, LHM-Ghana, known locally as Lutheran Media Ministry, has had its headquarters in Accra since 1993. Using the Equipping the Saints (ETS) program and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) to empower believers in their faith, this ministry center also features music (The Harps, a musical group, performs and ministers regularly), dance and storytelling to share the love of Jesus. Text messages and content posted to the center's website and in other social media reach tech-savvy, urban audiences too.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries