Deception can simply be defined as the act of making someone believe something that is not true.
In Gen chapter 3, we see first-hand how Eve (the mother of all living) fell into the trap of deception as she chose to believe the lies of the enemy over the truth which is the word of God. How many times have we done the same thing? The effects of this deception in which Eve elected to buy into singlehandedly brought about the fall of mankind. If we are influenced by the spirit of deception, this can have devastating consequences as we see above.
Deception is a common strategy that the enemy will use to control and hinder your mind and thought to bring about division, suspicion, disorder and mistrust in our various relationships.
Deception can come in the form of a lie, a whisper or a subtle distortion of the truth which therefore cause us to question people’s motives, God’s word and God’s ways. When the mind is in a state of deception, this causes us to look at things through the wrong lens and therefore make a decision from a wrapped perspective which will produce negative fruits.
How to avoid deception
It is important that we work to avoid being a target for the spirit of deception. In order to avoid deception in our lives it is important that we:
Stay in the word of God so that we are mindful of our thought and are therefore able to judge every thought and imagination that sets itself up against the truth. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
We also need to maintain an effective prayer life based on the word of God so that we are sober minded and alert. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
It is also important to engage in Godly fellowship to avoid isolation which can lead to one being a target for deception. ( Hebrews 10:25)
Let us therefore be sons and daughters who are led by the Spirit. Let us guard our hearts and our minds against every deception so that we can fulfil our purpose in Christ. Amen.
Prayer Father God, we thank You for Your word of truth. In Psalms 119:130 it says that the entrance of Your words gives light. Father God, we ask that You will shine Your light in and over our hearts and mind. We ask You to expose and remove any spirit of deception in us. Please give us the grace to be sober minded, vigilant and alert so that we are empowered to outmanoeuvre every plan of the enemy and live in the victory that we already have in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Contributor: Margaret Akintokun