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The Deceit of Deception

August 8, 2009
Pastor Jason Henrichson
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The Deceit of Deception

          To be deceived and to be ignorant are not the same thing. They are two different levels of knowledge.

          Ignorance can lead to deception but deception can exist without ignorance. A person cannot disprove a lie that they have been told if they have no knowledge regarding the subject. This is ignorance. If a person has no knowledge of the subject matter then they cannot prove nor disprove as fact or falsehood any statement regarding that subject. There is no basis for a person to make an educated decision regarding the truth of a statement. This person, the one who is ignorant, is very easily deceived.

          Deception occurs when a false piece of information fills the void where there is no understanding (ignorance). It can also occur when a false piece of information changes the previous way of thinking.

          In Genesis 3:1-13 we read of Eveís unfortunate encounter with the serpent. In this encounter Eve was not ignorant. There was no void to be filled with false information. She did know better. We see proof of this coming from her own words. In verse 3 we see that Eve actually repeated what God commanded ďYou must not eat.Ē This is a true statement. This is fact. God really did say this. This was her understanding and it was correct. She had all of the information, knowledge, education and understanding she needed to make the correct decision regarding this temptation from the serpent. God had given Eve all of the information she needed to pass this test just as God has given us everything we need for our daily lives and for godliness through our knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3) which comes from His Word. God also always provides a way out of every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).

          Many of us have expected God to show up with some sort of miraculous manifestation of the supernatural at the very moment we are about to give in to a temptation simply because His Word says He will provide a way out. We expect a knock at the door, the phone to ring or some sort of interruption to keep us from falling into this terrible travesty. This simply is not and cannot be the correct understanding of this scripture. If this understanding were correct then none of us would ever sin because God would supernaturally intervene every time we are tempted. Every single time we have ever given in to a temptation it was too much to bear, wasnít it? Isnít that we why we gave into it in the first place? If thatís the case then where was our way out as God promised?

          Letís go back to Eveís situation in the garden. Eve was tempted. What was her way out? Godís Word! She knew what God had said. She knew what was expected of her and because of that she had the capability to stand strong in the face of temptation. Even though Eve knew Godís Word she chose not to obey it. She made that decision even with complete understanding.

          Godís Word is also our way out. And weíre also faced with the same choice during our time of temptation. If we know very little of His Word prior to the temptation then we will know very little of it during temptation. Ephesians 6:16 instructs us to take up the shield of faith to quench all of the darts of the evil one. But that shield wonít even be available to use during that time if we donít know the Word because according to Romans 10:17 faith (the shield of faith) comes by hearing the Word of God.

          Godís Word is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:17). We will all be tempted at one time or another. Itís not a thing of the past. It is still a thing of the present and the future. It will happen. Within minutes from now, hours or days, we will all be tempted. Do we want to be unarmed when that temptation comes or do we want to take our authority in Christ by wielding the sword of the Spirit?

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