by Patrick Hawthorne
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Have you ever listened to someone speak who was saying all the right things yet something just did not feel right. Honestly, you could not put your finger on what was bothering you but at the same time you could not shake that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach.
You might not have realized it, but what was happening at that moment was that the Holy Spirit had just activated the warning alarm. No, it wasn’t the Bat Signal, but was something much better; it was the gift of discerning of spirits. The Holy Spirit was warning you to keep your guard up lest you be deceived.
The Greek word for ‘empty’ in Ephesians 5:6 is Kenos which means destitute of spiritual wealth. It speaks of a person who boasts of having faith yet is without the fruits of faith. Oh, they may speak words that sound really nice. They may even tell you that God is about to do something spectacular in your life to rid you of a certain problem. Be careful! Take heed to that inner voice within you.
The Bible warns us that in these last days, deception will be on the increase. It is our job to test the spirits to see if they are of God or of satan. On the same token, don’t allow yourself to miss God because you have hardened your heart to anything that will not fit into your preconceived notion of how our Heavenly Father should move.
Stop! Take a moment to pray and to ask God if what you are hearing, seeing, or reading is from Him. He will speak, but you must listen. Be blessed.