“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:8-9
“Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.” Col. 2:18-20
The truth is= You are complete in Jesus. You can add no more to His completed work on the cross. You cannot work to be more loved or accepted than you are at this very moment.
Who or what are you allowing to CHEAT YOU? Look at the deceivers methods: philosophy, empty deceit, tradition of men, basic principles of the world, false humility, worship of angels, intrusions, and mental vanity. What lies are you believing? Is your thinking based upon Christ or some philosophy regurgitated through deceit?
I allowed the enemy to cheat me far too long by buying into his lies. Thank God that He always leads me in triumphal procession in Christ! As I stopped protecting and defending the lies, and became willing to acknowledge them and lay them down as God brought them up to me, I have achieved a new measure of freedom and completeness in Him. Allow His completeness to speak to all the cheaters in your life today.
Remember, the devil is the CHEATER. Jesus is your COMPLETER!