Deception: To mislead by a false appearance or a statement; concealment or distortion of the truth. Deception is being pacified by unreality. Pain and confusion result from believing a lie. It is one of the finest tools of the enemy. If he can keep us deceived, he can keep us in bondage. At the point of true deception, he no longer has work to do and can take a vacation because from that point forward we become our own worst enemy and don’t even know it. I was deceived for so long. I believed that everything I was doing was for my good and the good of those around me. When I would fall back into addiction only to pick myself up again, I would talk myself into and then attempt to convince everyone else around me that I had it together, that it was going to be different this time, that life would be the primrose perfect path that I envisioned for myself all along. I would try so hard to make the lies in my head a reality and I would fall again under the pressure of not understanding why no one would believe me. I would reach out to the wrong people only to get answers that I wanted to hear. I refused to get real with myself. The sad thing is I believed every word I spoke and the enemy sat back and drank his Mai Tai on the beach and laughed at me.
Deception distorts what God says by changing the emphasis on the words, twists the meaning, and introduces false reasoning.
James 1:22-26 (NASB) – For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
I love my quiet time, I love the devotions I get to sit under twice a day, but am I putting into practice the things I am learning? What effect is it having on my behavior? Am I willing to look at the TRUTH or am I going to walk out the door only to have forgotten what just entered my spirit? The battlefield is in the mind. If I allow my carnal thinking to take over my spiritual being, I run the risk of quieting my spirit altogether and deception can then reign, regardless of the teachings I sit under and the knowledge I gain. I would then live thinking that I was on target when in reality I was in error, causing the very chaos I desperately seek to remove myself from. Where is the head/heart connection then? Why is it so hard to plead for forgiveness and admit wrongdoing?
Matthew 16:26 (NASB) – What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
This life is not all we have, it is only the introduction to eternity, so why make choices that come from deception only to please the world?? It’s just a one way ticket in the wrong direction toward eternal life. These are the questions I ask myself…What choices are being made today? Am I making the world a better place or am I bitter? Am I listening to the counsel of people who claim to have my best interest at heart but are working out of their own lies or am I listening to godly counsel? Do I really desire a positive change, or am I just going through the motions and pretending that all is well? Those are tough questions, but my spirit deserves real answers. GOD DESERVES REAL ANSWERS. The world deserves real answers or there is no way I could ever look others in the face and ask the same of them if I’m not willing to be honest with myself first. Don’t be deceived. Listen to the painful Truth which is in the word of God, don’t listen to the beautiful lies that justify the behaviors that have you entangled. The truth will set you FREE!
1 John 1:8-2:2 (NIV) – If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves an the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.