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Do Not Be Deceived

Deception is an act or statement which misleads, hides the truth, or promotes a belief, concept, or idea that is not true.  It is done for personal gain or advantage.  Deception can involve dissimulation, propaganda, sleight of hand, distraction, camouflage or concealment. God warns us not to be deceived.

Galatians 6:7-8 reads, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers," (NIV).

The enemy deceived Eve in the garden.  First he got her interest with a lie.  He asked Eve, "Did God really say, "You must not eat from any tree in the garden?"  The serpent already knew the answer to that question, but he used it to get her to engage in a conversation with him.  Then, he told her the lie that she would not die if she ate from the tree.  Instead, she would be like God knowing good and evil.  How could Eve believe the serpent over God?  Did she not trust her Heavenly Father?  Eve was beguiled and led by her fleshly nature.  The idea of becoming like God appealed to her.  She did not resist the temptation and believed the deception; she believed the lie. 

Eve was deceived.  Instead of sowing to the Spirit, Eve sowed to her flesh.  The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature of the flesh.  "The acts of the flesh or sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy: drunkenness, orgies and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God," Galatians 6:19-21 (NIV).

Eve was enticed to believe the lie because she wanted to be like God, which is selfish ambition.  She was not content to be who God created her to be.  She gave into the temptation.  James 1:13-16 says, "When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me."  For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone: but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin: and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death," (NIV).  The wages of sin is still death,.

When we choose to give into our fleshly desires, we have fallen into deception.  The Bible says we will not inherit God's kingdom if we live by the sinful nature. On the contrary, God wants us to be led by His Holy Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-26 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other," (NIV).  

Let us ask God to help us to avoid being deceived by the enemy.  Let us speak the truth with love so that deception can be broken.  Let us ask God to reveal any deception which is in our lives so that we can repent and get back on track with God.   Be a voice for the gospel.  Wear Scriptures!

Personal Testimony

I was deceived as a former Jehovah's Witness.  I did not believe that Jesus was God.  I believed that he was a perfect man and that he died for my sins.  However, I did not believe in his divinity, until a pastor spoke the truth to me.  When the truth that Jesus Christ is God was spoken, God broke the deception and gave me the revelation that a perfect man could not be healing the sick and raising the dead, etc.  God removed the deception from my mind and the scales from my eyes and breathed His life into me.  Now I unequivocally say Jesus Christ is God.  Hallelujah!