Devotion

Introduction

II Corinthians 11:3

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpentís cunning,

your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

(NIV)

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,

so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

(NKJ)

But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,

your minds should be led stray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

(NASB)

But [now] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning,

so your minds may be corrupted and seduced

from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

(Amplified)

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning,

your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

(RSV)

I fear that somehow your minds may be seduced away from simple and pure devotion to the Messiah, just as Havah was deceived by the serpent and his craftiness.

(Complete Jewish Bible)

But I fear that somehow you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to Christ, just as Eve was deceived by the serpent.

(NLB)

But I am frightened, fearing that in some way you will be led away from your pure and simple devotion to our Lord, just as Eve was deceived by Satan in the Garden of Eden.

(LB)

I am afraid that your minds may be seduced from a single-hearted devotion to him

by the same subtle means that the serpent used towards Eve.

(J.B. Phillips)

And now Iím afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter,

you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.

(The Message)

As I look up from typing this verse from every Bible I own, I see that it is snowing heavily outside. What a fit illustration of the snow job the father of lies pulls on us. It looks beautiful, but beneath the surface lurks danger for those navigating through it. The deceiver always tries to convince us that something else is more important than our devotion to Christ. He will use good things as well as bad for his snow job. But we donít have to be snowed under. Even though devotion is a wonderfully emotional experience, protecting our devotion is the duty of our minds. Our minds have to be made up: "We will not let anything lure us, corrupt us, seduce us, or lead us astray or away from our pure and simple devotion to Christ. Period." Amen...so be it.

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