What is deceptive about this lady? She looks like she could be anyone’s mother, nanny, a dress maker or wife of a a banker or business man. Got you thinking? Okay, she’s a dance teacher, Mrs. Johannsen. I would not have guessed that, school teacher, perhaps.
Like a magician, the enemy distracts and disillusions us into believing some things are true or fact while minimizing God’s promises and words spoken over our lives. Let’s look at verses about deception. James 1:21-24
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. ( You are saved once but, you will need saving from circumstances. ) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling ( deceiving ) yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.
I read this last week and though I have read it before, I realized I was not always being a doer. How often do we sin, by not doing something we ought to, allow ourselves to get into fear or offense. It is quite easy to be a hearer only. We glance at Jesus who we should look like on Sunday morning, and go on off forgetting what we should look like. It is the same being a reader and not doing it, if you can quote it chapter and verse and are not doing what it says, you are a tinkling cymbal
1 Corinthians 13 is a good parallel to this for you to read. We do look into the glass darkly, but He wants to meet us face to face. Do we see Jesus in us? Do others? Mainly, does He? Perception and deception are both sides of the coin, the Holy Spirit is about perception and the enemy deception. There is no way they are equal. So are we fooling ourselves into thinking we are better Christians that we really are? Or worse? Or are we deceiving others while believing the enemy’s lie? The Holy Spirit cannot lie, and He is the best teacher and soul searcher.
Timothy writes about evil doers and imposters who deceive and are deceived. 1 Timothy 3:13 Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. You will reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7 Deception is intentionally misrepresenting something, to mislead, a cheat, fraud. Charlatan and shyster also come to mind.
Many people are quick to apply these terms to ministers, or faith ministers in particular. Only God knows the heart. It takes money to run a ministry, it takes faith to be healed. Jesus did not take money for healing, yet people, and a lot of women gave to His ministry. It was Judas who was the deceiver, pretending to help the poor. Jesus said there would always be poor. And there are always people to help. Let’s not Judas ourselves or deceive ourselves out of healing or prospering our soul, by judgmental statements made in haste or restating someone else’s opinion. Study for yourself and let the Holy Spirit teach you and you will not be deceived.
Get rid of filth and evil and be humble, taking Jesus at His word, and be a doer. You will learn to distinguish the foolish from the golden. Rebecca Jones