This month I have been late writing this article, and for a time could not understand why a theme had not fallen quickly into my thoughts or mind, as I do not usually have any difficulty in finding a subject upon which to write.
However, as from yesterday it became clear to me why there had been this check in my spirit, and that I needed write on the very important subject of deception. Every Christian needs to understand that we are living in difficult and perilous times. This applies not only to the church and a believers faith, but also to the fact we are being bombarded by a multitude of a varieties of deception. Not only from false teachers and prophets, also from those who are using the internet for their own purposes.
I recently experienced an attempt to gain access to my personal accounts. Someone contacted my service provider claiming my phone was lost and asking for a SIM/SWAP of my number. Fortunately the service provider became aware of this attempted SCAM, placing a block on my account.
Subsequently I was informed this was an attempt to capture my personal account details and access them to for the purpose of theft. This proves how easily we can be deceived! I thank God that this attempt at deception was picked up before any damage was done. The Weekend Post had an article about local companies that had been infiltrated by “hackers” stealing their data, demanding a ransom be paid to restore the information.
I have included the above primarily because as the Bible states we are living in “perilous times” subject to both spiritually and secular attacks. The illustration showed how easily we can fall into traps both in the secular and spiritual realms, we need to constantly be on our guard at all times and circumstances, the enemy of our souls will use any means he can as he attempts to bring us down.
We can thank God that we are not defenseless against these attacks, in the spiritual realm we have the Holy Spirit who warns and protects us often more than we realize.
“However, when He the spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you.
All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore I said that He will take of mine and declare it to you”
Deception started in the Garden Eden when, Gen.3:1-13, Eve is initially deceived and then Adam deliberately ignored God’s warning that disobedience will have its consequences. According to,1.Tim.2:14, both Adam and Eve continue in the vain hope that they could deceive the Lord. Firstly by covering their nakedness with Fig leaves, secondly by trying to hide from God. They were only deceiving themselves, this is the worst kind of deception.
Throughout the Bible we can see that the problem of deception continues, in the O.T, and N.T, also into our present day and age.
David is a classic example, he sees and commits adultery with Bathsheba, she became pregnant by him, something that cannot be hidden although David schemed hard to get her husband Urriah to sleep with her. Unsuccessful he has Urriah exposed in a battle by Joab, resulting in his death, David has now compounded the situation adding murder to adultery. It is only after God intervenes sending the prophet Nathan to him that David recognizes his sin, repents and is restored, 2.Sam.11-12, the word later reveals there are further serious repercussions in David’s life and family.
Deception will come in many forms, Jesus warned Matthew.7:15-23, that we should beware of “false prophets” these can be recognized by the fruit they produce. The Apostle Paul, warned the Ephesian elders Acts.20:27-32. The leaders at Corinthian, 2.Cor.11:1-15, v.2, Satan, the serpent, deceives through his craftiness, corrupting minds that are open to his lies, v.13-15, he speaks of false apostles deceitful workers who transform themselves into apostles of Christ, of Satan who likewise transforms himself into an angel of light, so there are those ministers who go through the same process to transform themselves what appears to be righteousness.
Throughout the N.T, there are many more example of deception, which unfortunately due to space I cannot list, except to add these words from Galatians.6:7-8.
“DO NOT BE DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED; FOR WHATEVER A MAN SOWS, HE WILL ALSO REAP.
FOR HE WHO SOWS TO HIS FLESH WILL OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION, BUT HE WHO SOWS TO THE SPIRIT WILL OF THE SPIRIT REAP EVERLASTING LIFE”
Blessings Pastor Terry Brinded 2017-02-06