What is deception? Deception means the “Act of Deceiving someone”. Here we are talking about that someone being the “devil” primarily who uses his tactics to throw us off road. Jesus calls him a thief who comes to “steal, kill and destroy”. So it is imperative, we learn how to stay on the course God has for us.
We can do this by identifying the types of deception. Once we identify and if we are in it, we can ask help from the Holy Spirit to help us out of it.
There are many types of deception, anything which throws you off from the track of TRUTH even by 1 degree is nothing but a lie. We all have in ourselves built in spiritual compass which will tell you when you are being off the mark even by 1 degree. Trust me you will know!
One of the scriptures which tells us this is Is 30:21: Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
But the believer says, this is old testament-I can neglect that! Well not if you knew the Holy Spirit closely. The Holy Spirit revealed to me what this actually meant.
Jesus is the WORD, remember? And we know that Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are one. Now following or obeying the Holy Spirit at all times is the same as following this scripture in the olden times.
Every time we obey the Holy Spirit, we are elevating the Spirit of God inside us and crucifying our flesh thus steering away from the devil’s schemes.
Let me put this scripture for you in New Testament type words Ro 8: 14 Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons of God.
What does the devil want? To steal your identity! Once he steals WHO YOU ARE in CHRIST, He can steal your joy and everything pretty easily!
Every time you will be faced by a challenge to listen to your own desires/thoughts or to seek the Spirit to ask His will. Every time you seek, ask and do His will, you will find yourself in a state where you have greater realization of your sonship in Christ. and thus your identity.
It is not that if you don’t do His will you are not sons, maybe you are on the path of realizing your sonship, but when you actively do His will, you will find your inner man being revealed to you more and when this inner man overcomes your outer-man, the realization of being a son will step in immediately.
Now, the problem here is that, every time we set out to do this, devil is crouching on your door, because of which we may get deceived. It is important to come out of this, so you can seek God with all your heart and know His will for your life!
Let’s look at the types of deception below:
There is a type of deception which comes from desires/thoughts that lead you away from focussing on Jesus. This is the simplest and most prominent type of deception.
Ja 1:3 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.
Every human being comes on earth equipped with their own sinful desires and according to their desires they are first tempted to leave the boundary of God, and then enticed. By this time, the sin is already in function. It takes no time for death to manifest.
Tip to Overcome:
Submit your thought to Jesus which is leading you astray. This is the only way. Seek God and ask Him to help you get rid of it.
Today I was going through some thoughts and God asked me to submit those thoughts to Him as He will take care of it. I did it and felt better immediately.
Ja 4:7 Submit yourselves to God; resist the devil and he will flee from him
Please be careful here. If the thoughts are not submitted over a period of time, they may become strongholds and God will have to take you out of it completely. This is more painful for the flesh, so it is advisable to do it daily on an ongoing basis.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
This is the most common type of deception which usually happens especially when ministering to someone. This is like you read the Word, understand it, know it, and also shove it down other people’s throats except following yourself. The Word is a double-edged sword meant to cut the minister and the one getting ministered.
If this is not happening, then deception is at play. Also, when we just listen to it and don’t do it, then it goes into head. Thus forming a religious mindset.
Thus not following this simplest word of Truth, leads to one getting enticed and thus birthing death.
This deception is an open door to many more deceptions:
- I need to hang out only with Believers/Born-again people not with sinful people.
- If any problem comes, the immediate response is why is all this happening to me? Why is God doing this to me? The mentality here is “I deserve a problem free life” (Which is not possible; God says “In this life you will have troubles, but take heart for I have overcome the world”).
- You start competing with each other all the time for the limelight be it spiritual or non-spiritual.
There are many more. Remember: Only Jesus can take you out of it. He took me out of all these sins and deceptions one by one by dealing with me, but I had to trust Him even though it was painful (only for the flesh!). It was so exhilarating for the Spirit.
I had to constantly say no to my feelings, my thoughts etc, and seek God to reveal His thoughts on the matter and then accept it. But over a period of time, God got rid of all those strongholds and developed in me the personality and character He wanted to see. Awww, how much I love you Jesus!
EASY TIP #!1 TO SAY CLEAR COURSE OF DECEPTION: Look upto Jesus. He is the Light, everytime you look at Him, His Light will dispel the darkness. It will dispel the lies of the devil and you would be surprised to see how different Truth is from the lie!
John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
(The above one is my fave tip by the way and the easiest yet most effective)
EASY TIP #2 TO SAY CLEAR OF DECEPTION: Keep an open mind to all possibilities. Many times we expect God to reach out to us or our problems in specific ways, but He will reach out to you through His ways. If you are not open-minded, you may miss out seeing God at work and will keep sulking about the issue.
EASY TIP #3 TO SAY CLEAR OF DECEPTION: Do not take yourself too seriously! We often start taking a lot of things pretty serious when they are not and start projecting negative thoughts. Easiest way is to laugh at yourself and move on. God will still meet you wherever you are and God works best when the believer learns to enjoy Him in His presence.
EASY TIP #4 TO SAY CLEAR OF DECEPTION: Ask your friends and family if they have seen any change in you recently. It will give you a clear picture of where you are heading. Everyone understands love and if you are not acting out of it, it will be seen clearly.
At one point of time, I was having such a stringent mindset, that I saw a very specific person pretty lowly just because he was not doing what I thought he was supposed to, and instead saw myself pretty highly infront of him. I used to treat him badly and thought only am the “special one”. Just because of this, I used to never listen to his remarks about me.
When I was going on the lowly road, this person tried to help me, but I just wouldn’t listen. I was under deception.
However, one day it so happened that for some reason I just listened to this person speak his heart out and then I realised OMG! God is telling me something here. And yes, God did use the weakest of the link to get to me and tell me about the deception I was going through.
Immediately I thanked God and got out of it.
Once you identify deception, seek Jesus, ask Him to help you and co-operate with the Holy Spirit to cleanse you out of it and help build the person God wants you to be!