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“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren” (James 1:16).

Such a simple and powerful sentence that tells you more than you probably thought you needed to know.  The devil is the one who deceives.  You are under constant attack.  You have been and will be deceived by people around you who are tempted to use you.  So, beware!  Beware of the deception that is out there.  Fake news has always been present and only the Word of the Lord is faithful and true.  Stay with the truth.

Lord, open my eyes to the many deceptions that are all around me.  Guide me Lord in order that I would now and always hold fast to the truth of Your Word.  Lead me in Your goodness to see things as they are, now and always, and to hold fast to the truth.  Grant me eyes to see and ears to hear, both what is true and the lies that are spewed out all day long around me.  Guide me into the way of truth.

Lord Jesus, Your Word is truth.  You have spoken the Words of truth and in You alone is all goodness and mercy.  Help me, Lord, to see through the fog of this age and know that in You is all hope and a future.  Let me not react unthinkingly to the ways of this world, or its lies.  Lead me so that I may be one who follows You all the days of my life.  Looking to You, Truth of eternity, help me to see the deceptions and keep my eyes upon You.  Amen.