In our world today, what we need more than ever is the wisdom and guidance that comes from God because the war between good & evil is really a conflict between the truth of God and the deception of Satan. More than ever, we find ourselves assaulted with deception, misinformation, and partial truths. The Bible gives us insight into three reasons why exposing deception is at the heart of our Christian walk:
(1) Deception is at the heart of Satan’s plan to destroy us. Jesus tells us that Satan “was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44-45). Satan began by deceiving Eve in the garden and his campaign of deception remains the centerpiece of his strategy to attack God.
(2) Deception is at the heart of man’s separation from God. As Paul explained in Romans, “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rom 1:25). When we accept Satan’s lies, we begin a life of self deception buying the illusion that we can truly live apart from our Creator.
(3) Deception is at the heart of man’s efforts to exploit us. Peter warns us “because of false teachers the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words” (2 Peter 2:2-3). By convincing us to buy into a “false truth”, exploiters can manipulate us into doing what they want us to do rather than what God has called us to do.
The solution to the deception of Satan is spelled out in the truth of Scripture: “be persistent in prayer" (Romans 12:12). Prayer is the practice of seeing reality from God’s perspective because our sight is limited and we’re so easily deceived (James 1:5).