The Truth About Deception

The word of God tells us that faith is the foundation for all things spiritual. Basically, as it is
stated “now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the
proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not
revealed to the senses]” (Hebrews 11:1, Amplified). We who have received Jesus Christ have done so by
faith, and with the same, we must also believe and trust in all that He is. His character, His actions, His
words are true. His truth is constant. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever more. “Then Jesus said
to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’” (John 8:31-32).

Accordingly, then everything that is not of God has to be considered not true. The fall of man, or
the original sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, occurred because of the serpent’s deception.
Until that point, Adam and Eve knew only that which was true and good because of their relationship
with God. God gave them instructions that were truth; the serpent used the very same words, but
distorted that which God had already spoken. The serpent caused Adam and Eve to accept as true, that
which was false. They chose to accept the lie of the serpent over the truth of God. Once they disobeyed
God, they were consequently in bondage to sin. This same strategy the devil continues to use today. The
Apostle Paul makes note of this by saying “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his
craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
Jesus Christ has freed us from the bondage of sin that was set in motion in the Garden of Eden.

What we open our minds to is what we then begin to perceive as real. We have to allow access in order
for anything to affect us. If we refuse to allow access to that which is contrary to God then, unlike Adam
and Eve, we will not give in to deception. Adam had power and authority given to him directly from
God. However, he gave access to deception by means of the very blessing God have given him in the
form of Eve; then the distorted perception came. Only because of this access granted did Adam become
aware of the things that were not of God. Beforehand, he had no knowledge of them because he saw
things through God’s perception. Only that which is good exists in God. That which is bad only exists
when we grant it access through the doorway of our minds. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil
and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).

Deception distorts the word of God and serves as a means of diminishing our faith. The truth
always prevails when we stand in the power and authority that God has given to us. This power and
authority only exists through our belief. This belief establishes our faith. Truth and lies cannot exist
together. Thus, our faith denies access to deception…”for whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:
23).

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