Because a gullible person is unduly trusting, they are easily fooled and taken advantage of. “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps” (Prov 14:15). Joshua and his officials were duped by deception when they believed the fabricated evidence of the Gibeonites without “inquiring of the Lord” (Josh 9:3-19).

While we should be able to trust people are telling the truth, do not overlook any witness within your spirit to the contrary. We should cultivate a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit so He can communicate with us at all times, keeping us from such disasters. Jesus said, “Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does” (Jn 10:37,38). He was saying ‘look at the evidence – isn’t what I am doing the kind of things God would do?’

Do not fall for the plausible lies of Satan, to cheat you out of your standing in Christ by implying God doesn’t mean what He says (Gen 3:1-5). Know what the Bible says so you are not tricked by the fine sounding arguments of false teaching that minimises the seriousness of sin and detracts from the

   Christians should not be gullible but                                                           discerning

teaching and principles of Scripture (Col 2:4). Be discerning so you know what is of God and what isn’t (1 Jn 4:1).

Jesus said, in the last days when people say, “Look here is the Christ” – do not believe it, for His coming will be instantaneous and there will be numerous deceivers abroad (Mt 24:23-26).

See also: advantage, deception, discernment, false teaching, trust, vulnerable.

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