Summary: It is vitally important that we understand the enemy of God wants you to drift away from God. So put on your spiritual armor and receive what God has for you today.

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“ Living With Deception”

Allow me first to say that today’s message, “Living With Deception”, is a message that requires further study of God’s Word. It is vitally important that we understand the enemy will cause you (while listening to the sermon) to become sleepy, drift off but you must fight his attacks. He doesn’t want you to tentatively hear this message today. So put on your spiritual armor and receive what God has for you and me today.

Last Sunday I informed you that someone was praying against TWC and that individual desires the failure of our church. Beware individuals of this nature often present themselves as Children of Light when in actuality they are deceitful workers who represent the spirit of darkness, the spirit of deception. The Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15,

“satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness”.

Now, according Strong’s dictionary, the word ‘deceive’ means to delude or misled, to err, wander, go astray, to intentionally be dishonest, fraudulent, counterfeit (that is a misrepresentation of). Deception is nothing new. It’s been around from the beginning of time.

• The devil deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:13)

• The Midianites deceived the Israelites into worshiping a false god, Baal-Peor (Number 25:18)

• Today, Christians are deceived :

With flattering words (Romans 16:18)

By false reports (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

By false reasoning (Colossians 2:4)

Church, the Word of God warns us about the increase of spiritual deception. We need only to watch television and see its evidence. There was a time when you could turn the television on and enjoy a decent, crime free show. However, in this era, you can’t even watch the local news without hearing about multiple killings, shootings, death, kidnapping, and the like. I wondered why we’re witnessing such an increase in these acts of ungodliness. Well, according to 1 John 5:19, “we are children of God”, and unfortunately “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” The father of lies is the father of deception and he is none other than satan (the evil one), the devil himself. Look at John 8:44 which states,

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

We are so easy to believe what we see and hear not realizing that we are ‘Living with Deception’. Church, deception (spiritually speaking) is deeper than merely being tricked or lied to. Thus, it behooves every Child of God to take notice that our ignorance of the father of lies only propels his escalating, deceiving spirit more in this world. So here is today’s question: “How in tune to the Holy Spirit are we in discerning deception?”

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