“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.” 1 John 2:26
Deception is one of the most powerful and dangerous things that mislead many people, destroys marriages, churches and businesses, and can even lead to a more severe case of spiritual death and/or physical death.
DECEPTION IS LIES COVERED IN CHOCOLATES AND ROSES.
Deception comes into a person’s life looking like everything you desire and dream of having. It looks beautiful, amazing, pure and true. Deception even sounds true and right and could even attract you and draw you near, causing you trust and believe in it, to feel safe in it.
What people often miss when it comes to deception is that deception bares a knife behind its back, waiting until your close enough and comfortable enough with it before striking you and bringing you down. Deception will move in behind you not to protect your back, but to give you the illusion of protection, and then to stab you in the back, leaving you paralysed with pain and fear and confusion.
“For such persons do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve.” Romans 16:18 (ESV)
Deception pretends to be something it is not, changing its shape, colour and characteristics to fit what you need and want and desire. Deception builds you up only to bring you down and keep you down. It is very easy to deceive someone, especially the innocent and the pure of heart and the as scripture says, the naïve.
“With all her sweet talk she convinces him, enticing him with her seductive words. At once he follows her like an ox on its way to be slaughtered; like a fool to be punished in the stocks; or like a bird rushing into a trap, not knowing its life is at stake till an arrow pierces its liver.” Proverbs 7:21-23 (CJB)
“Their throats is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” Romans 3:13 (ESV)
Deception seems innocent and harmless at the time. You might notice it and think, “Ah, it isn’t all that bad, it is small, I can handle it.” Deception should not be taken lightly, but should be taken very seriously. Deception can ruin you in the blink of an eye, if you are not careful. Deception has the ability to lure you in, to slowly dim the lights in your life, and you won’t realise you are sitting in the dark until it is too late.
We must not forget that Satan himself is the angel of deception, skilled at hiding the truth and leading people away from the light and the truth.
“And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.” Revelations 20:2-3 (ESV)
“Let no one deceive you with empty talk; for it is because of these things that God’s judgement is coming on those who disobey him. So don’t become partners with them!” Ephesians 5:6-7 (CJB)
Not only should you be aware of people deceiving you, you should also be careful not to deceive other people around you. It is a very serious and very harmful sin. What do you hope to gain by deceiving people? You might fool people into believing your lies in the moment, but one day, your deception will be revealed and all that you gained through deception will be taken away from you.
“Be not a witness against your neighbour, and do not deceive with your lips.” Proverbs 24:28 (ESV)
Because deception can be extremely harmful in relationships, this is something that you can about pray for yourself and your future spouse. Pray for wisdom and discernment, so that you and your future spouse can recognise deception when it is present and so that you know how to avoid being deceived.
“Let no one deceive you in any way…” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (ESV)
“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.” 1 John 3:7 (ESV)
Pray the following prayer over yourself and your future spouse against deception:
I come to you today and bring myself to you. Lord, if there are people in my life who are lying and deceiving and causing harm to me, I pray that you will shine your light on them and reveal the truth. Please open my eyes and ears so that I can see and hear the truth. Please protect my heart and mind against deceiving people, help me to know the difference between deception and truth. Father, if I have been led astray by deception, please help me to leave this road I am on, to change my life, and get back onto your path of righteousness. Lord, if I am deceiving someone into believing something that is not true and will cause harm to that person, please help to have the courage to face the truth, confess my sin to that person and tell them the truth. Help me to make right what I have done wrong.
Father God, I pray for my future spouse – please protect him/her from deception and that he/she won’t be led astray by deceiving people. Please give him/her wisdom and discernment so that he/she can avoid falling into the trap of deception. If my future spouse has been deceived and hurt, Lord I pray that you will shine your light onto the truth and that his/her eyes and ears will see and hear your truth. Please heal him/her and restore him/her with your truth and love. Help my future spouse to learn to trust you and not be afraid of your truth.
Please Father, I ask that your truth and light will be the foundation of my relationship and marriage with my future spouse. May we not deceive and hide things from one another.
In Jesus’ precious name I pray,
“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)