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The Power of Deception

May 13, 2019

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2 Corinthians 11 : 13 – 15, For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. –NKJV

Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24 that there would be deception in the last days; and He warns us not to be deceived. However, there is a way to know if we’re open to deception. In the context of Jesus’ warning, He said that false Christs would arise. When someone believes a lie and becomes deceived, they will stray from the Truth of God; and if they continue, the deception will cause them to forget the morals and values of a believer.

We’re living in a time where lies and deception are pervasive in our society. It is an indicator of how far this nation has strayed from the truth of God’s Word.  What opened so many people up to the power of deception? Is there anything we can do as followers of Christ to protect ourselves from falling prey to a trick of Satan?

Before someone, like a false teacher, can cause you to believe a lie, there must also be an element of deception involved by which they can convince you to believe their lie(s). Let’s look at Eve as an example. Paul teaches us in Timothy that Eve was deceived. When Satan tempted Eve, he didn’t come to her as himself. He approached her as a serpent. Those who deceive others will present themselves as someone whom they’re not. Moreover, he found the desire that she had to be like God, and then he used it to convince her to believe his lie without any evidence. Satan convinced Eve that he spoke the truth by telling her she would, indeed, be like God if she ate the forbidden fruit. When you put these elements together, it creates an environment favorable for believing lies, opening us to the power of deception.

James 1 : 13 – 14, Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. However, each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. –NKJV

If you are concerned about being deceived by those who seek to ensnare you with their lies, then you must become a devoted student of God’s Word. The truth of God empowers us to recognize or discern when someone is being manipulative or isn’t honest. Furthermore, to keep yourself from the power of deception, you must guard your heart from evil desires that may be used by Satan to pull you away from God or the Word.

As we obey the truth, it becomes light in our heart and life. Light exposes the things which are hidden in the darkness, spiritually. This is why Jesus always knew the intentions of people who approached Him; He knew when they were being real and when they weren’t.

You will notice that Satan appeared to Eve as a serpent. Paul teaches us that Satan transforms himself as an angel of light. In Revelation 12, John saw Satan as a dragon. When Satan tempted Jesus, he appeared as himself. Satan couldn’t blind side or deceive Jesus.

Pastor Asa Dockery