Sermon:
The Spirit of Deception (Hivites)
Josh 3:10; Genesis 3:1-5

Hivite: To live a lie openly shown; a serpent.

Deception: To mislead by giving a distorted impression or false sense of
reality. To trick; to cheat; to beguile. The ancient Greeks used the word to
describe the pleasure that comes from watching the theater. Deception is
being pacified and placated by unreality. Pain and confusion result from
trusting false promises or believing a lie.

***How many times have you ordered something from a catalog that looks
like just what you wanted, but when the product arrives, it doesn’t look
nearly as good as it did in the catalog?

Deception is a very scary thing. Why? Because it’s deceptive.
Interestingly, deception is only an option for the Christian believer. Non-
believers are “led astray.” In order to be deceived you must have some truth
to measure the error by.

Gen. 3:1-5
The subtle attempt of Satan has always been to undermine the authority of
the word of God. Deception compromises Divine provision and protection.

Why does Satan deceive? Satan cannot create anything. All he can do is
manipulate and maneuver what has been created. Since he cannot match
God’s power, Satan has to maximize the power he has, and deception is his
strong suit. He has turned deception into an art form.

The greatest guard against deception is revealed, not communicated,
knowledge. This knowledge concerning the tree had been communicated
through Adam to Eve...not revealed to Eve from God. Adam was created
received God’s instructions and then Eve was formed. She was operating
on second-hand information. (If all you ever receive is second-hand truth,
you’re in trouble...you are in deception already...and don’t even know it. If
you are into second-hand knowledge then the enemy is filling your ears
continually.)

Satan’s weapon is his mouth. “Serpent” = nachash - “one who whispers,
hisses, suggests.”

Satan’s deception always causes distrust for spiritual authority and doubt of
the truth. Not only did he cause Eve to rebel against God, but to
misconstrue and misinterpret the words of her earthly authority in Adam.
Why do people have rebellion in their hearts today? Why won’t children
naturally obey parents?

The strategy of deception:
1. Distort what God says by changing the emphasis
2. Bring into question God’s motive (always the result of twisted meaning)
3. Introduce reason that ultimately leads you to question God’s goodness
and integrity.
....Once that’s accomplished it’s easy to turn you against God’s
authority.

Satan made God look like a taker instead of a giver. “God’s holding out on
you. You don’t have to put up with this. You deserve something better. Go
ahead and do what you want. God won’t do anything to you...He hasn’t
done anything yet, has He?”

Question: How many of you think that you probably have some deception in
your lives? Don’t forget – Satan led 1/3