There’s a story told of a cruise ship with passengers divided into first-class and second-class accommodations. After a few days at sea, the captain announced that from now on, everyone would be treated first-class, no matter what they paid. There would be lobster and fine cuisine for all. The people were excited and gorged themselves on food and exclaimed that he was the greatest captain in the world. Only the captain knew the real truth behind his offer—the ship was sinking and in a short time all would die.

That’s the way the devil lies to us. He says, “You can have it all, don’t worry—do whatever you feel like doing! You can determine your own truth. God doesn’t really require that you live a holy life. Everybody else is doing it.” But our own wisdom cannot determine wrong and right. Only God’s Word can do that. Only by God’s Word can we tell if we are on the right path of life. The devil would prefer that we remain blinded and ignorant because he doesn’t want people to know that the Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

In order to determine the right way in life, we must follow God’s written revelation in the Bible. Any other path leads us to spiritual death. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived. The devil’s plan for our lives is to kill us, steal from us, and destroy us. He steals peace, joy, and hope from the lives of those the Lord has created to experience true vibrant life. Jesus Christ came to give us life, abundant life, filled with enthusiasm and joy! (John 10:10 NKJ). Life is a series of choices. Let’s choose life today!