ANTIDOTE TO DECEPTION

Have you ever been deceived? I have. The thing is you don’t realize you’ve been deceived until you come to realize the truth of a situation. Anyone who has been deceived can testify that it is not a pleasant experience. To be deceived in temporal matters is bad. To be deceived regarding eternal matters, if we continue in that state until our lives are over, is a deception without remedy. It is a deadly deception. Jesus taught about heaven, and he taught about hell. He taught about salvation and he taught about damnation.

It’s not only the unregenerate who need to be concerned about deception. Those of us who have been born again are exhorted to continue in the faith. (Acts 14:22; Colossians 1:23) Born again believers are not immune from deception.

What is the antidote to deception? Have a love for the truth, and be willing to conform to the truth found in Scripture.

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John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

John Wesley’s Notes:

“If any man be willing to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God” – This is a universal rule, with regard to all persons and doctrines. He that is thoroughly willing to do it, shall certainly know what the will of God is.”

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John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

John Wesley’s Notes:

“Ye cannot” – Such is your stubbornness and pride,

“hear” – Receive, obey my word. Not being desirous to do my will, ye cannot understand my doctrine, John 7:17.

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DELUSION:

4106. planh plane, plan’-ay

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feminine of 4108 (as abstractly); objectively, fraudulence; subjectively, a straying from orthodoxy or piety:–deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.

See Greek 4108 (planos)

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2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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DECEIVED:

4105. planao, plan-ah’-o

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from 4106; to (properly, cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue):–go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.

See Greek 4106 (plane)

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Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

John 7:47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?

Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

About Cathy

I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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4 Responses to ANTIDOTE TO DECEPTION

  1. Cathy says:

    Very true Scotti. The Lord will bring us through. Some fall into the deception of thinking he won’t, and just give up. Wow. Deception comes in many forms doesn’t it? I struggle with these issues also, as I’m sure many other Christians do. A few years ago I came to understand the very thing that you are saying. Some deceptions are more subtle than others.

    Thanks for your comment.

  2. Scotti says:

    Thank you, Cathy for this truthful post.

    I was deceived not too long ago into believing that I could not continue in my Christian walk. That I didn’t have what it takes. Praise the Lord I never stopped praying through this dark pit, but I did wrestle with God on this issue because I was facing a continual ‘temptation to sin’ that I could not avoid. God showed me that I was trying too hard to rely on my own strength and I had to turn it all over to Him. The circumstance has not gone away but the Lord is helping me through it day by day. I can look back now and see how I was being decieved. I was saying to myself “this is a test you will never be able to pass.” but that is an outright lie because nothing is impossible with God. Praise the Lord, He sustains me with this truth.

    May the peace and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you in all things.
    Scotti

  3. Cathy says:

    Hi PJ,

    I think that when we realize that it is possible to be deceived, even after we’ve been born again, we will be more cautious.

    I also think a willingness to embrace suffering will help us to be discerning. It can’t be “if I accept this truth what will it cost me” but rather it must be “I will accept this truth regardless of what it costs me.” I don’t know who originally said that but it’s true. The Lord has recently been ministering to me about enduring and suffering.

    His grace is sufficient.

  4. PJ Miller says:

    What is the antidote to deception? Have a love for the truth, and be willing to conform to the truth found in Scripture.
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    Good post Cathy…you’re right, its loving the truth and being willing to accept and conform ourselves to it, and not attempt to conform the truth to our way of thinking/believing, which will keep us from falling into deception.

    I’ll be frank and admit falling into deceivement is something which concerns me deeply…for i know anyone is capable of being deceived. As J. P. Lewis wrote in War on the Saints: “if you believe you can’t be deceived, you are deceived already”

    Paul’s admonition to check ourselves daily/often to be sure we are continuing to abide in the faith, is something i try to do every day…

    I think its something we all need to do, especially in light of apostasy being so previlent today.

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