One of the key things the enemy will use is
deception. There are many forms of it. The list goes
on and on. I can only fail to number them all.
However, one sure fire way to not be deceived is by knowing the
Truth. The Truth is, of course, the Word of God! So, the only way to
not be deceived is by
reading, studying, seeking, and praying to God.
The different types of deception that are more common are as
follows: spiritual, personal, friendly, and government. First, of course, is spiritual. The
Word says the enemy is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
(1Peter 5:8) So, baby
Christians are ideal for him to attack, because they don't really know who they are in Christ.
way he does this is by making them doubt their salvation,
which makes them doubt the One
that promised. The enemy attacks them and makes them feel condemnation, left out,
rejected, and alone.
The attack is relentless. It's a non-stop barrage of "you'll never go anywhere",
"you're a loser", "you're a failure", or "you're
a nothing, a nobody", and "you're not really saved.".
So all this causes confusion, unbelief, and doubt. The young Christian goes back
into the world leaving God behind because they have been
Doubting salvation is
something that should not be tolerated because the One Who promised it will keep said
promise. Many lose hope in this period of the walk because of deception. Some even stray
away and even some don't want to return.
Scripture says satan comes to kill, steal, and
destroy, but Jesus came so we can have life and that more abundantly.
very vital to read the Word of Truth, the Word of God.
The next form of deception is personal. Some people have in their
mind they are OK when, in reality, without Christ we can do nothing.
(John 15:5) One of the main
forms of self-deception is pride. Pretty much all things to do with
is in pride. Selfishness not mindful of others is a part of pride and
and there are many
more parts of pride.
The only way here to not be deceived is by reading the Word of God
and finding out who we
are in Christ. We must study scripture to know how much we need Him
in order for us to face and to conquer all
One of the most difficult kinds of deception to deal with is
friendly deception, because here is where most go against the grain.
Just because someone is your
friend your trust is in them. An example of this would be from my experiences
with drugs. "Here,
try this it won't hurt" and, unless you are rooted in the Word, you will give in.
It could be in the area of alcohol or something to get in trouble with
the law. A true friend is not someone that will entice you to do something bad.
rooted in the Word of God will perceive this and, with love and compassion, turn down
enticements. We are not to be critical but rather show love and say I don't want to do those
So many people fail here because they don't want to be rejected or to be alone, so
the enemy uses that against them. The Word of God will prevent
this deception as well as give
you the right understanding as to how to handle the case.
The last deception I will discuss is government deception. This one consists of taking God out of
schools, government buildings, and saying we don't need God. This, in
turn, is pushed on us. People go to jail for praying and various other things.
Just because they
don't want God doesn't mean we have to listen. This
deception is pumped throughout
our country. Even in this case people need the Truth to help them. The Truth is the
True bail-out plan!
In conclusion, deception is out there just about everywhere you go in the
world. It is in TV's, computers, radios and the list goes on.
They are all trying to lead us away from
the Truth. The only way to combat this is by knowing the Truth
and the only way to be
protected from deception is by remaining in Truth, the Word of God.
The Word of God
is the True Guidance of life. I urge us all to read more
and know more because knowledge
in the Word of God is power.