Good vs Evil – Paul Explains Deception
Did you ever ask yourself, what is deception? Have you ever been deceived? Deception does not need to be extreme to be deception. Deception is the act of misleading or cheating. Even “little white lies” are considered deception. Deception has a purpose, to mislead, cheat or trick someone into believing something or part of something to be true when it is not true. And deception is a willful, deliberate action by someone with the intention to mislead another person, to promote a lie.
If deception is deliberate, and it is, how are people deceived? What methods are used to deceive people? And how do people determine if there is deception?
Deception is determined in the mind. You can see things or hear things and even touch things you believe to be one thing just to find out you were wrong. But the decision to determine if you are being deceived happens in your mind, your soul. I could blindfold you and play sounds asking you to identify the sound. You process the sound in your mind, your thoughts and reasoning.
You could even see things that you perceive and understand to be one thing just to find out later, what you saw was a deception. Transgenders come to mind. Someone may look like a man or woman but they are not. Check their pants. And even now some are trying to change their body parts but they will still be the gender God created them, only now they have altered their parts.
Deception has to do with the mind and it is not so much a wrong thought, even though it is a wrong thought, but it is a camouflaged thought. Another words, you can not see clearly the thought. So deception is based in ignorance, a lack of knowledge.
Hosea 4:6 KJV “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
So people, believers and unbelievers, are not deceived up to the knowledge they have, and whatever they have no knowledge of, makes them ignorant in those areas and open to deception. Examples: The law – if you have no knowledge of the law and how the law works you are ignorant in areas of the law and are therefore open to deception in legal matters.
Politics – if you do not know and understand the political realm and how politics work, you are ignorant in politics and open to deception in politics. So is it in the spiritual realm.
If you do not have knowledge and understand how Satan works, you do not know his tricks, then you are ignorant in how Satan works and you are susceptible to being deceived, tricked. 2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Because we process information in our mind using our thoughts and reasoning and the information provided, we use a guide, the scriprures. And God warns us about deception many times in scripture.
Ephesians 5:6 KJV “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
1 Corinthians 6:9 KJV “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”
1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJV “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come , except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
When Paul was explaining the things of God to believers at Corinth Paul told them the following –
1 Corinthians 1:4-8 KJV “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The word enriched means made rich or wealthy; fertilized; supplied with that which is desirable. Paul was telling believers we are made rich and wealthy in everything by God. How? In utterance – words you speak in knowledge. Why? That we come behind in no gift.
Paul explains right away to the believers, it is about the words we speak. And our words are based on scripture. So one single contradiction in what we hear is sufficient to reveal a lying spirit is at work. And if you miss the contradiction, or have no knowledge of the subject matter, or you ignore the contradiction, you are open to deception.
There is an old saying that says you can have a perfectly good cup of coffee and that will not hurt you. But add a drop or two of poison into that coffee and it will kill you. You can hear 90% truth from someone and 10% lies. If you ignore the 10% lies, you open yourself to deception. And we will pick this up again next time. Until next time.
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