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Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

Luke 22:4 And he went his way,…

What happens when Satan enters a person or a person accepts Satan’s ideas?

The first thing that happened to Judas when he allowed Satan into him was, to choose his way. Like records that he went his way. 

Meaning, he departed from the way that the Lord had laid for him and he went his own way. There is a lot of truth here. A person, who allows or entertains Satan’s ideas, will not enter into sin directly. They will start off with their own ways.

They will depart from “the way”.

What is “the way”?

Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life”.

The way is Jesus. The path we need to follow as disciples is the way he shows us.

Departing from ‘the way’ blinds you.

Luke 22:6 And he (Judas) promised, and sought opportunity to betray him (Jesus) unto them in the absence of the multitude.

 

This was obviously treason. Anybody would have recognized that this was absolutely the wrong thing to do. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, was planning to betray Jesus into the hands of the priests and scribes, and Judas knew they sought to kill Jesus. Yet we see that Judas is undeterred and determined and he sought a way to betray the Lord.

What happened here? Judas was blinded. Deception blinds you. When Satan enters a person, the first thing he does is to deceive the person, so that he or she does not see the truth. Their perception is skewed and they are no longer able to see things in the right way. It may be obvious to everyone else, but they will not ‘see’ it.

Condemned!

Judas realized his mistake (his betrayal) only after the Lord was crucified.

Mat 27:3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Mat 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood

Judas did not realize the implications of his actions till he saw what the result of his actions was: The chief priests took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. That is when Judas realized what he had done. A deceived person will not realize his mistakes till he sees the impact of his decisions on others or himself. But unfortunately by that time it is too late. He realized that he was condemned for what he had done. He could have repented and the Lord would have forgiven him, but that is a different story.

What I want to highlight is the path of deception: You do not realize what you are doing till the adverse effects or fruits of it start appearing, and by then it is too late…

What is the solution?

1.    Take heed unto yourself… be accountable to yourself and to God

Luk_21:34, Luk_17:3,

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine

You constantly need to take heed to yourself. Call it a self assessment. I recommend at least two times a year, ever six months, go before the Lord and account yourself unto HIM for your progress and growth. This is an exercise every Christian should follow.

A minister needs to be accountable not only for himself, but for his doctrine also. He needs to examine his teaching constantly to make sure that he is continuing in the doctrine that was once delivered to the apostles and that he is rooted and founded in Christ.

Another thing is that every Christian should live with the knowledge that he or she has to give an account to God for everything he or she does. This is a sobering thought, but true. We are accountable to God for EVERYTHING we do and say. Let’s look at what the scriptures have to say about this:

Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

 

2.    Be accountable to one another

Pro 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

          The second level of accountability is to be accountable to your brethren and your leaders or mentors, those who oversee your soul. Why?

A person who is deceived will not be able to see it. But if he or she has counselors (mentors) over his life, to whom he/she is accountable to, they will be able to see what is happening to that person. Why?

Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

          They that oversee your should have to give account of you to the Lord!

So they will be directed by the Lord concerning you, if you are willing to listen!!!

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