“Just because a person is born again does not make them “deception proof.”
The Lord would not have warned His disciples to “take heed and be not deceived” if there was no danger that they COULd be deceived. It does not matter how many things you are or were deceived about. For 25 years, I was deceived about a few things in comparison to what other churchgoers were deceived about. Yet the Holy Spirit did not release me from the deception until He was ready to. He simply stepped in when He chose the time to be right and started unravelling things. What I remain cautious about is this. Just because I am undeceived NOW, does not mean that it is impossible for me to be deceived again. For me to think otherwise would be both pride and arrogance and I do not want God to resist me.
So what is deception?
Deception has to do with thoughts in the mind. Simply put, we believe a lie or a half truth. The worst of it is the assumptions. if you start off with even one little wrong assumption, everything else falls like dominos.
As I am reading some of the works of the RESCUE look alike leader, I am watching how a person can start out with truth and how the enemy can use the truth they have received and lead them into a lie. What happens is that the enemy takes advantage of our misconception of truth. He uses the weaknesses of our personalities to lead us into believing what suits us best.
This realization is humbling me quite a bit. I believe that once we are given truth, we have to seek God in prayer to help us not to misunderstand truth for our conception of truth may cause us to err.
So my question is “how do we make ourselves fool-proofed to deception?”
I think we can all answer this from experience. just examined how we got deceived, what was it about us that caused us to be open to the deception, and how did you come out of it?”
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I thought I had nothing to offer as far as being adequate to perform in general, in life; so the enemy has used carefully calculated religious strategies to get me to “do RIGHT”, and make me believe I was “in the right” causing me to become “religiously prideful.” Although I was sincere before God wanting to walk with Him, at one point in my life, the enemy used the word “faith” to cause deception. This somehow led me to become passive and not regard full truth in God. It is very easy to become deceived and even with one word the enemy can cause havoc. Having faith is not becoming spiritual and/or believing you are humble because you are having “faith” in a matter or (passively ignoring a matter) because you think somehow that “GOD will take care of it”. Instead, I realize more and more that WALKING BY FAITH is WALKING IN TRUTH and acknowledging once and for all that JESUS is all the Wisdom I need, without all the other added-on dangerous methods of man-made religiosity.