Good vs Evil – Deception Part 2
In part, last time we said –
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, may not be 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.
Some key verses on deception include 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 12; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Galatians 6:7 And we learn some “things” or devices Satan uses. Remember when Paul said we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices? In 1 Corinthians 15:33 God tells us through Paul, evil communications corrupt. What is communication? In the 21st century there are many ways we communicate and if people can get sucked into speaking against things of this world their focus is shifted to things of this world and not the things of God.
I was suckered into this myself about ten years ago when I was a ‘news junkie ‘. The result? My focus was on things going on in the world and not helping people with scripture or music. Yes I still studied and spoke of Jesus and salvation but my mind was bombarded with news all day. Then the media bias became so obvious I noticed I was becoming cynical. So I shut it off. I stopped watching and canceled my satellite service. I went to a couple news websites I trusted to be somewhat fair and later bought an antenna for my tv. The result? I get about 50 channels from my antenna and saved $ 110 per month in my satellite bill so I partnered with two ministries. Those two ministries receive my old satellite bill payments. On top of that, my sowing into these two ministries will help them but also bring me a harvest and eternal rewards. What did having the news on all day produce? Nothing but anger, upset and becoming cynical.
Today, people are so wrapped up with their smart phones, social media and number of likes they receive, about God or spiritual things? No. About things of this world. A great word study is to use an exhaustive concordance like Strongs and do a word study on deceive and deception and you will learn what Satan uses to deceive people, including his deceiving you and me, believers.
The Devil’s scheme is to make the believer cease walking after the spirit man, and to draw the believer out into the realm of soul (mind, will, emotions) and body. If Satan can get your mind on things, on things of this world, on things that appeal to your flesh, on things other than God or living in the spirit, then your spirit man may not hear the Holy Spirit talking to you or guiding you.
When people get saved they ask Jesus to save them and come into their heart. The Holy Spirit comes to live inside the believer just like Jesus said in John chapters 14 – 16. When the believer is tricked into living in the soul and flesh realm they can not hear the Holy Spirit so they ignore the guidance and often make wrong decisions. The believer is then occupied with self experience. And when that happens the believer becomes ineffective. They lack direction, power and guidance and are in personal conflict with serving God or their service becomes a duty not a heart’s desire.
Remember friends, Ephesians 6:12 KJV
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
If Satan can get your mind and thoughts on yourself, your wants and desires, your goals, your “things”, your earthly world / realm and do this through any means he can, then he keeps you out of living, walking and being led by the Holy Spirit and stifles your spirit man. And you hear from God in your spirit man.
Galatians 5:16 KJV “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Galatians 5:18 KJV “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
Galatians 5:25 KJV “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Life for the believer is living in our spirit man. Our life is spirit matters, not fleshly matters, not worldly matters. People are dead spiritually and believers have the key to give them new life through the gospel.
John 6:63 KJV “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
Believers must learn to walk in victory over the devil and the rulers of darkness who attack believers. We learn about our Saviour Jesus Christ so we can know him, what he will do for us, who we are in him, what his promises are to us. We also need to know our enemy, our adversary and how he works. Why? So we recognize when we are attacked if it is God testing us or we are under attack. Remember Job?
When you can recognize the workings of the enemy, you can spot the enemy working in attacks on you, your family, even world rulers. Then you know how to handle the attack. Remember the word effectual?
1 Thessalonians 2:13 KJV “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
The word of God works. The book of James is written to the 12 tribes and we are the church, the bride, but we see a spiritual application in James 5:16 KJV
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Notice the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much? That means this person knows how to pray. Not just how to pray, but how to pray and get results. Did you ever have someone say to you, you pray? God hears your prayers. I have. I told them God hears your prayers too. But what their comment reveals is they do not know how to pray effectually. And that is where we will pick it up next time. Until next time.