THE POWER OF DECEPTION
Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone fool you”.
Lue 21:8; He replied, Don’t let anyone mislead you. For many will come announcing themselves as the Messiah, and saying, “the time has come”. But don’t believe them!
THE REGULAR PREACHER(Micah 2:11)
I will preach to you the joys of wine and drink-that is the kind of drunken, lying prophet you like!
When I were in school, we had this teacher who was a Man of God and did preached during most services conducted in the school. Whenever most students see him they begin to pass comments like; this man again?…How I wish he were not the one preaching today!…How I dislike his preaching…amongst others just because he was sure to hit the nail right on its head which ended up revealing most of their secrets than the other preachers did.
Our focus on consecration, redemption and the kingdom of God has being ruptured from the very core of our hearts and has being replaced by the things and teachings of the regular preacher. We prepare to listen to the joys of wine and drink. A pain free and struggle free life are what we opt for and thus listen to those who talk about them. We rejoice in getting married, partying, building houses, riding the latest cars, buying the latest accessories, tools and gadgets not forgetting –‘you shall receive your visa! You shall travel!and we respond,Amen!
We are offended with the way of the cross and has gladly replaced the truth with the lie. This is the devil’s tool to rip us of our knowledge, stand and truth about the things of God. In this reading, you will know how his deception has destroyed and is still destroying us. Until we know the power of deception, we will forever be fooled and led to the slaughter house unknown. Be wise! Do not be misled!
THE FAKE PRODUCT (Genesis 3:4-5)
My mum instructed me to get a product from a particular shop at the supper market on my way out one afternoon. Then she added; ‘if you don’t find them bring back my money’. On my way back,I went to the shop which was busy as usual. As I waited for my turn,one woman came to pull me and asked me to follow her that, she had what I wanted and that the shops own was fake. She was elderly and sounded so convincing that I wondered why my mum would want a fake product. Without hesitating,I took the elderly woman’s stuff and headed home with the aim.of correcting my mum as to 1hich product was truly fake. Upon arrival, she took the product and observed it carefully, I waited patiently so I would correct her if she should by any means say I bought the wrong stuff. She looked sternly into my face and said; you did not get it from where I sent you,why didn’t you bring back my money? This is fake! She did not wait for me to explain but gave me proof as to the reason why it was fake. She knew what she wanted and where it was,but I ended up disobeying her,that is, trading the truth for the lie. I was deceived by disobeying!
Deception is a trick or scheme used to get what on wants. It is a misleading falsehood which occurs when one is deceived. Genesis 3:4-5 indicates the beginning of deception -apostasy which means a defiance of an established system or authority. It is the falling away from the key and true doctrine into heretical teachings.
God in His own undisputed knowledge, wisdom, power , authority and glory created mankind to do His will and outlaid instructions to be followed… “Do not eat from that tree”… (Genesis 2:16-17). Just like they fell for the devil’s trick and scheme, and like I disobeyed my mum, the same way we all in one way or the other continue to stagger in one falsehood or the other,endangering everything around us. This has aroused lots of contempt, misunderstanding, break-up, wars , and even death both spiritually and physically. Whiles paying for the loss , pain and grief it has caused us,the other end- the deceiver,rejoices at its success and achievement. Be warned,do not be misled!
THE YEAST-THE DECEIVER (MATTHEW 16:6-12, JOHN8:44)
Any baker out there could tell how yeast could affect any amount of dough and increase it’s quantity in just a matter of time. Jesus uses yeast to describe the corruptness of the religious sects. Their corrupted teachings , believes and attitudes was of great influence that it affected one in a matter of time thereby causing confusion in abundance.
The deceiver-master of all liars is the devil who was once the anointed cherub (set apart for God’s divine purpose). He was created perfect in all his ways until he decided to create iniquity due to pride (Ezekiel 28:15-18). He is known as the serpent, perfect in lies due to it’s split tounge. He knows the truth about you and makes it a lie. And it is unbelievable how he effects rapidly anything around and how pitiful souls end up eternally in doom and destruction . This is the kind and type of being we are dealing with. He beautifies everything and presents this life affecting poison presented on a golden cup and the ignorant glues it in a matter of time and pays eternally for his deception .
THE COST ( ROMANS6:23 , GENESIS 3:19, 1 CORINTHIANS 7:23)
After I was convinced the fake product was rather the quality one,I paid for it and left for home. After realising how stupidly I have being tricked,I knew there was no way I could get my mum’s money back to her. What if that were my mum’s entire fortune she had saved all her life? What if she had used the product without examining it and had died as a result?
The cost of deception is that which has caused the entire creation of God to suffer death till now. One thing we’ve not considered is how irritating and damaging it is to be tricked. It sounds funny and we often think we wouldn’t have fallen for such silly trick.
Recently,one brother in asked me to help him pray so he could recover some vital documents, money and passport he had loosed as a result of being deceived. Did you ask how? I also did asked as if I have never fallen for such trick. His hard earned documents, time and money were gone not because he disobeyed, rather,fell for a trick. It is painful and annoying how much we pay to retrieve, regain and re-aquire that which we loose as a result of being deceived.
How much then did it cost to regain our dignity, inheritance ,purpose, dominion and identity which was once ripped off us as a result of deception? 2 Samuel 6:13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
The scripture from verse 1 indicated that King David was moving the ark of God from the home of Obed-edom to the city of David. Sacrificing of animals to God was constant in those time and was done to atone for one’s sin, for thanksgiving, offerings, amongst others. It was during that time did Joab reported the number of people in Israel and Judah as 800,000 and 500,000 men in conscription age respectively. Looking imaginatively the total sum of animals sacrificed from Genesis to Malachi will amount to only God knows. Yet, not a piece of this totalled sacrifices nor even all, could amount to the cost we had to pay because of deception!
It had to cost God His only begotten and beloved son, a sinless blood, to atone for our fall to deception which has caused pain, sorrow , disgrace , curse , anxiety , death and the damnation of many. For many were those who had being deceived, many are still deceived today and many shall be deceived so long as we decide to close our eyes and ignore the damage it’s causing us. Unless the problem is known and noted, solving and attaining a possible solution is inevitable. Deception is a destructive power. Beware, for the cost was God’s own son.
WHO CAN BE DECEIVED? (REVELATIONS 20:8, 1 CORINTHIANS10:12)
Once I made a mistake whiles calculating something for my dad, He complained bitterly as to why I should have caused such error instead of handling the calculation well. I was ashamed because I might have caused that mistake by some careless act. Another time, he did the same thing and so had to face me, the prosecutor.
So you see, no one is exempted from making a mistake or falling short even for deception. In Matthew 4:3 ; Jesus fell into the hands of the deceiver to go through a test. To any ‘human’ in Jesus’ position, the test would have being passed easily -that is falling for the demands of the devil but Jesus did not fall for such tricks. He was the Son of God. He could have proofed it by simply turning the stones into bread. But He knew one thing which was: His aim was to proof that He was indeed The son of God by hanging on ‘The cross’ and not ‘turning stones to bread’
Why should the devil have to tempt Jesus with food when it knew he was hungry? Then He did not give up but went on to set another trap as to Him falling from a roof. The devil looks at the possible weak spot and strikes.
When Jesus told said; ‘beware of yeast (Matthew 16:6-12)’, He was not speaking to unbelievers or the crowd. He was talking to His ‘destiny helpers’. People who were anointed and chosen to fulfil His Devine assignment. If those who sat with Jesus, walked with him and even ate with Him were told to watch out, how much more you and I
If Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, King, Hope, Defender, Shield, The Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Restorer, Help, infact the Lion of the tribe of Judah should go through the deceiver’s trap, how much more you and I, mare penny men who are bright in the morning and wither at dusk, who have been constantly warned to watch out for the attacks of devil .
This reminds me of the brother I spoke about who was deceived. He was educated, intelligent and was supposed to know more and better. Do you really think he would have given those documents to someone with the tag ‘deceiver’ on his fore-head or possibly one who is widely known to be a deceiver? Absolutely not! With all his degree and certificates he was deceived. The devil’s schemes and tricks are constant except we stand firmly in God each day at a time, so we can be able to identify them as they come and deal with them.
SAVED BY GRACE,WHY DECEPTION? (REVELATIONS 12:9-10;13:4, 1 PETER4:1)
Grace is God’s Divine favour and mercy distinguished from His Justice, a divine love or pardon, a state of acceptance with God which has being offered us by virtue of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:17). This free gift which is obtained by ‘Faith’(a substance of things unseen, yet hoped for), makes one a child of God (John 1:1), thereby, making the person posses power which is exercised over the devil and all his deceptive ways.
What then has deception got to do with one who is a new creation (1Peter1:23), when sins power (deception) has being broken (Romans 6) and Christ lives in us ( )?
The deceiver and his army has being thrown down from heaven unto earth (Revelations 12:9-10). This is why all on earth are deceived! Luke 10:18-19; “He told them, I saw Satan falling from heaven as a flash of lighting! And I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and to walk ‘among’ serpents and scorpions and to crush them. Nothing shall injure you.
We are ‘among’ deceivers. We are dwelling and living amongst them since they are here on earth with us. Grace is limitless-that is, all sinners and children of God share in it. Those who posses the given authority are those who can exercise it over the deceiver. If believers had nothing to do with the deceiver there would have been no mention of ‘watch out’!
Paul adds that; Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger… (1 Corinthians 16:13). He was speaking to people who were spiritual minded. Be livers of Jesus Christ who have being saved by Grace.
Carrying the cross and following Jesus means imitating His living and ways even through temptations, persecutions , trials etc. Since Christ suffered and underwent deceptions’ test, so we also must go through them (1Peter4:1). Be careful then, if you are thinking, “Oh, I would never heave like that”-let this be a warning to you. For you too may fall into sin(1 Corinthians 10:12). Saved by Grace does not mean living free from deceptive attacks. Grace requires total submission to the Spirit of God and that is the only way we can identify and defeat deception. You and I will live no longer a monster deception not because we have Grace, but because the time is near for it to be bounded ( Revelations 20:1-2)
BE WARNED (MATTHEW 24:25)
In one group discussion, some one asked if she could save somebody from a particular situation or trouble with a lie. Then I remembered the life we lived in the primary school. We played very well on our way back from school. After realising how late and dirty we are, we dust ourselves and start devising plans on how to convince our parents and escape punishment. We conclude that we sent our teacher’s books home and if they needed any further proof we only recommend each other to our parents as to it being the reason why we came home late. We were saving ourselves from being punished by lying -deceiving our parents. These lies however saved us but for a while, when the PTA had to find out which teachers actually sent students on such errands after school since parents were complaining bitterly. The truth was revealed thereby revealing our lies and accusations against the teachers. You see, this lies rather dug holes of shame and disgrace for us.
The danger of falsehood and deception are so grave and so needs our constant check. Check yourself (1 Corinthians 13:5). Be on your guard that you may not be used as a tool to deceived someone. Deception remains deception and is punishable even eternally (Romans 1:18).
“But”, some say, our breaking faith with God is good, our sins serve a good purpose, from people will notice how good God is when they see how bad we are. Is it fair then, for Him to punish us when our sins are helping him? God forbid! Then what kind of a God would He be to overlook sin? How could He ever condemn anyone? For He could not judge and condemn a sinner if dishonesty brought His glory pointing up His honesty in contrast to my lies. If you follow through with the idea you come to this: the worse we are, the better God likes it! But the damnation of those who say such thing is just.. ( Romans 3:5-8).
Be warned beloved, if you trade the truth for the lie If you teach others the truth and do the exact opposite (Romans 2:21-22). Be warned if you are the vessel which have warmed itself among believers and tell them to do what they like and that God won’t punish them as a way of deceiving them(Jude 1:4). If the culprits under the law where punished, how much more those who are trampling on The Son through disobedience and deception (Hebrews 10:29). Every single has its root from this one ‘deception’, and so be warned, and don’t let since take control of your penny bodies (Romans6:12). Woe to help that lives by deception! For He is on the highway to damnation (Matthew 23:23-35). All deceivers including the devil-the master and founder of lies will not escape the wrath of God. Be warned! (Revelations 21:8)
OVERCOMING DECEPTION (1 JOHN5:4)
Although we are attacked and pressed by deception at all sides, glory be to God that victory is assured to them who trust Christ Jesus to help them. And since we are prior to fall into one, the Spirit of God needs to first reveal the deception that is within us.
Your victory over deception starts when you lay all your deceptions on the table (1 Corinthians 2:10). The supernatural power of God’s amazing Grace through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour is manifested when the presence of honesty is felt. Therefore, whatever magnet of deception that attracts us to the deceiver must first news destroyed.
Guarding oneself against falsehood is the next step in overcoming deception. This can be done by knowing the truth. To spot the counterfeit, study the real thing. The only truth which sets free and gives life is Jesus Christ-The Word of God. When we look at Him as the truth, He intends reflects His image on us making us Christ -like, His very image and self which reveals His real servants (1 John 5:4). Jesus said, a tree is recognised by its fruits (Matthew 12:33). If you are on guard with Jesus, you will know the seeds He bares through you and others who are related to Him and certainly know that of the deceiver.
Another way of securing defeat over deception is being fully clothed in the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Pray without ceasing , for the fervent prayer of the righteous avails much (1 Thessalonians 5:7, James 5:16). In as much as we continue in prayer to out with deception, let’s pray for one another (1 Timothy 2:2, Philippians 4:6)
Obedience pays. The blessings of God to they who hearken to His Word are just (Acts 5:29, Hebrews 11:8). Let they who have ears listen to what the Spirit of The Lord is saying and obey. It is the key to overcoming deception.
Revelations 12:11; They defeated him by the blood of the lamb, and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him. If you love your life, you can never carry your cross and follow Jesus, thereby making you a slave to sin-deception. Until then, your defeat over deception will remain clouded.
Victory is within our reach. Fasten not carnality around your neck which hinders us from reaching our supernaturality in God. He has overcome! We overcome! Deception has being rendered powerless in Jesus name, HALLELUJAH!!!
[all scriptures from The Living Bible