It will take a lot of maturity in the word to counter the subtlety of the devil, for his deception can be perpetrated using even the most innocent of means to do that. The concerns of others, the thoughts of others, spoken in innocence can be latched upon by the enemy to perpetrate a deception. Remember the goal of the devil's deception is to weaken our spiritual position and this is achieved when he projects thoughts and imagination, ideas and concepts that are totally against the counsel of God!
The other day my daughter got the usual SMS that the Nigerian center for disease control has been sending a lot during the covid plandemic. She was so angered by its content, a content that really is part of the work of the NCDC to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The message was to sensitize people on the need to be careful! This is necessary and great. Yet such a message can be the very tool the devil uses to corrupt our mind from the simplicity in the gospel. My daughter was word alert, she won't entertain such thought and promptly deleted the message!
I asked what was the content and she said the message reminded her that " all the people that have been reported to have covid19 are humans like you". Now that makes sense, but the devil always plays on what makes sense! So I asked her what is your take on it, and why did you delete the message and she replied message NCDCs messages are for humans not gods like herself! Praise God! And then I joke that she should have replied the message with that response instead of deleting it!
2 Corinthians 11:3 tells us, "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ"
This is the spiritual warfare we fight every day been spiritually alert to thwart deception in its course! It's the subtility of the devil against the simplicity of the gospel! It's very simple the word says you are gods and that is all of you that are children of the highest God! You either accept that revelation in its simplicity or you fall for the subtility of the enemy!
Don't get me wrong, that message from the NCDC is part of their work and what they ought to do, it's a well-intentioned message, but if you allow your thoughts dwell on it as a believer then you will begin to think like a human and not like a god that you are!
Hence in this second installment on deception and the third on being afraid of your father's house, we will look at three key principles that highlight how deception works and is spread!
1) DECEPTION IS OFTEN VEILED AS SPIRITUAL TRUTHS
Ephesians 4:14 tells us that deception is hard to differentiate from the truth, only by spiritual maturity are we able to discern the difference.
"Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth"
Ephesians 4:14 NLT
In other words, deceptions are lies cleverly packaged as truth! It's why it's so difficult to see and perceive! Deception is often veiled in spiritual truth, albeit truths that are distorted, cleverly concocted in such a manner that they sound like the truth. This was what Satan attempted with Jesus when he tempted him in Luke 4. He said to him,
"If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee"
Satan asked Jesus to jump quoting this scripture. However in the original text in Psalm 91 what does the word say,
"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways"(Psalm 91:11)
Can you see the difference between the two passages? Want to have a look again at both quotations? Still, it almost looks the same on the surface, but when you probe deeper the spiritual connotations and meaning and context are different.
In the context of Psalm 91, God says when you go on your way the angels will keep thee from dashing your foot against the stone, he said he would 'keep thee in all thy ways'. However, this was different from what Satan suggested to Jesus! What Satan suggested was a suicide attempt, "jump down from the cliff and he will give his angels charge over you to keep you from been hurt". This was so different from what the word says in Psalm 91 and yet without looking closely you will not see! This is how deception can be veiled.
Now there is a reason why Jesus didn't jump down, it was not because he would be committing suicide, no! In fact, to jump down successfully Jesus doesn't need the intervention of angels. Remember this was the same Jesus who in John 6 walked on the seas! Jumping from the top of a cliff is the peanut to the one who holds the world together Jumping down at the instance of that misquoted passage of Bible by the devil will be Jesus validating that deception as the truth! Jesus by jumping down will be endorsing the devil's lies and deception! Hence Jesus didn't move at Satan's word! God promises to keep us in all on our ways not for us to jump off the way!
That was what revelation said, but deception distorted the truth slightly in a way that the undiscerning mind will not be able to decipher! It, therefore it goes without saying that deception can be propounded on scriptural bases! God's word can be twisted to promote deception.
Deception is perpetrated when spiritual truths are twisted. Deception is perpetrated when half-truths are presented as the whole truth! That's what is happening today, we are been told the building is not necessary it is a half-truth, half gospel, not the full gospel!
Deception masquerades as truth and that is why it gains ground, grows, and spread until it is accepted by all!
2) DECEPTION IS BETTER SPREAD THROUGH RESPECTED VOICES OF WISDOM AND AUTHORITY
Isaiah 9:16 tells us,
"For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and they that are led of them are destroyed"
Those of us who occupy a leadership position occupies also a very sensitive position. There is the proclivity to lead people either to revelation or deception. Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus shows us how in one it how it is possible to advocate revelation and deception at about the same time. From the account in Matthew 16, first Peter uttered a revelation of the Sonship of Jesus and few verses down from their opposes the death of his beloved master! And that makes perfect sense, why should his boss die when he is all-powerful? But you see, it's not everything that makes sense that is the voice of God! Not wanting the death of your master makes all sense, it reveals a good heart? A loving disciple and follower? Yes, it does but in the overall scheme of things that represents a selfish interest that supersedes and tries to push aside the fulfillment of the overall plan of God for humanity!
Any idea that does not promote the expansion of God's kingdom and the advancement of its agenda on the earth is SATANIC
How is the kingdom of God advanced when people are advocating that we go underground? How is that kingdom advanced when we cannot gather in multitudes, in crusades? Jesus never asks us to go underground with the truth, he asks us to go overboard with it. He said what I told you in the secret shout it on housetops! Hallelujah!
In the first instance, the voice of revelation sounded from Peter, in the second instance, it was Peter's opinion according to the reasoning of the flesh that sounded through. How do we tell the difference between the two?
The word tells us in Isaiah 8:20, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them"
Isaiah 8:20 KJV
Any opinion of men, pastors, clergy, Bishop, Pope, that doesn't speak according to the revelation of the word should not be held as authoritative or the wisdom of God! The wisdom of God doesn't speak to popular perception but to personal revelation from the word! Often times the wisdom of God doesn't find popular acceptance that's why it is described as "foolishness" to the world!
Once deception is spread as truth via respected voices of wisdom and authority then it begins to gain ground!
3) THE WORLD'S MEDIA IS SATAN GREATEST OUTLET FOR DISSEMINATING DECEPTION
One of the devil's name is found in Ephesians 2:1-2,
"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience"
That is one of the devil's names, the Prince of the power of the air, and how much the devil carries out that name to the letter today. For everything on our airwaves is as controlled by the devil's agenda. Everything is as directed by his whims and desires. It is why many wise Christian leaders are building their own network where they will not be controlled and censored by the powers of the world that be. For anyone that controls the media controls the narratives and the perception of the people. The church still needs to make massive investment in this regard! If we want to control perception and mentality then we need to control information and the narratives disseminated. We need to make movies that are accepted in mainstream media but that which projects and promotes spiritual truths and values!
Our movies are secular, everyone can watch, but underneath they promote the devils agenda and value. Look at the deception that Holly wood has spread. Subtly, slowly, gently, satanic movies, music continues to shape the culture for us and the thinking of young people.Today our young adults have been predictively programmed to believe that they can be gay. They are programed to believe drugs is okay, fornication is all good, it's all about love. And during this ongoing covid19 plandemic we can see how the media became the outlet for pumping up the fear for the people. That was what the devil wanted. Every report carried nothing but evil news. They sold the world on fear and sadly some believers bought all of these, hook line and sinker! Many believe and eats the report of the CNNs of the world than the word of God itself. In fact, many spend more time on their screen than with God, even among the clergy. Are we now surprise when such men speak the fear of men as the counsel of God? Through exposure to the devil's fear and deception agenda, many men who ought to be oracles of God know more about the virus than they know about what God says about the virus and indeed any other sickness or disease in the world.
It is from this media controlled perception that many of them want our worship centers to remain closed! How can these men speak the faith of God which is according to the word when they feed on the fear of virus which is according to the wisdom of men? Sadly many have taken counsel and position according to the devil's deception and fears and not according to the revelation of God's word. And this is why it is dangerous when we exalt the opinions of the men of God to the same level as the revelation of God! Both are not the same!
Giving counsel for God when you haven't taken counsel from God can lead to deception and promotion of the devil's agenda without knowing!
Today the church is in a dilemma, to open the worship centers or not? To lay hands or to lay hands with gloves? To take communion or not? To check temperatures in the church or not? Some are trying to take the middle ground on these issues but there are not, it is either will stake our lives on what the word says or what the world says, there is no middle ground between deception and the truth. Hence in this series, we will look at the word of God to determine what position to take on the opening of our worship centers and all sundry issues that effects our faith! Let's not be deceive we are at a cross road and a tension junction where the wisdom of God is on head on collision with the wisdom of the world, the position will take today will largely influence and impact on the spread of God's kingdom from here!
If Jesus were alive today will he want our worship centers closed? "Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you"(John 20:21)