Deceived and Redemption in Christ
One of the worst feelings in the world is to know you were betrayed, deceived, lied to, manipulated, or conned. Tommy and I experienced this years ago with a business man who is now behind bars. With tens of thousands invested into this person, phone conversations with respected “board members and investors”, and trips portraying lucrative business transactions, we were stunned to learn it was all a lie.
This con man actually faked business conversations on speaker phones laying out the agreements for funding commercial buildings and properties. This con man actually forged air travel to the extent of sitting in the airport while phoning us so we could hear the intercoms initiating arrivals and departures. Stunned is not the right word, when Tommy and I sat in disbelief as attorneys and law enforcement questioned him regarding this perpetrator. And the best part, we were the low men on the totem pole of those scammed, swindled and embezzled.
When I came back to the church after years of living a worldly life, I was amazed at the values and viewpoints I had when measured up to God’s. The Lord spoke to my spirit years ago “promiscuity is a promise skewed.” The lie our culture lays forth to young and old is we can do whatever we want to our bodies with relatively no repercussions. Movies inviting friends with extra benefits over or a little sex in the city couldn’t hurt anyone as long as it feels good. Most of the time, these “good Samaritans” conveniently forget to discuss the sexual transmitted diseases, AIDS, pregnancies, bullying, secret tapings, mockery, and backlash from the extra benefits with friends.
I was deceived.
When the serpent told Eve she would be as God, she was deceived. I believe this naïve, young girl, whom had never experienced evil, did not fully understand the consequences of her actions. I am not 100% convinced Eve’s actions were prideful and out of vain, but more along the lines of stupidity, naivety, and deluded. I do not believe a serpent wandered upon this youth one day and she followed his advice. I believe the serpent spent time watching her and she him. I believe Eve may have been accustomed to seeing this sly reptile because the Bible does not say she was astonished to see this creature speaking or next to her. God told Cain in Genesis 4:7, “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” I believe the serpent crouched next to Eve. I believe she was acclimated and familiar with the snake and did not mind the stimulating conversation. This encroachment of sin is crouching at our doors consistently. Just from flipping the television channels, your eyes can see the most ungodly things. It takes will and self control not to turn back and say, “What are they doing!”
In my own opinion, the deception unfolds bilaterally in the Garden. The first, Eve did take a tentative bite of the fruit, but nothing happened. The Bible says, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.” (Genesis 3:6) Nothing. Eve took the first bite and waited, but nothing happened until she gave the fruit to her spouse. “She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized they were naked.” (Genesis 3:7) The second deception, Eve had no authority over her husband or herself. I believe their eyes were open because Adam was the head of the house and where the serpent truly intended to leave his mark. Eve was just the pawn used to manipulate Adam, but unfortunately this man fell for temptation. The encroachment ruthlessly opened sin’s door of death and destruction for all the inhabitants of the earth.
As this saga continues, the couple continues their deception, blaming each other, then the serpent and no one claiming responsibility. Eve was deceived realizing she had been used by the serpent to get to her husband, and then deceived a second time being cast out of the Garden, neither a God nor wise! Eve, tossed out of Eden and gathering her wits, looked around directionally challenged. Where would they go? What is tilling the ground and what are labor pains? The deception this woman fell for would bring her pain that can not be described. I am sure her blistered hands, scorched back and sore muscled would plague her mind at night as she looked up at the beautiful star filled sky and wondered, “Why did I eat that fruit?”
Deception is the “practice” of deliberately making someone believe something that is not true; an act, trick or lie intended to deceive or mislead some one (Webster’s Dictionary).
Satan has had an abundance of practice with deception. The devil, in his own prideful, narcissistic mind, thought Christ would succumb to the lure and enticements of this world. Christ is the light of the world and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12) Christ came to set free the captives and to know the Truth (John 8:32). Jesus was not deceived and used the Word of God from Deuteronomy to defeat his adversary. This is exactly what we are commanded to do. When those sexual thoughts of another man come flooding in, stand firm and say, “No, it is written thou shall not commit adultery.” Unable to defeat the Messiah, the accuser of the brethren would not be deterred, for I am sure he made his way to the “religious sector”.
I pray you are part of a church alive with the Holy Spirit. Alive with worship to Christ, alive with prayer and alive with the Word of God; I pray the Bible is preached in your sanctuary. The religious Pharisees and Sadducees were deceived for they believed they were slaves to no one, full of their own bloviating and selfish desires. Christ proclaimed, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34). Master the sin encroaching at your door. It could be anything from jealousy, covet-ness, un-forgiveness, anger, bitterness, sexual immorality, thieving, manipulation or deceitfulness.
Woman, pray for discernment, the wisdom God gives us and wear it around your neck as garland. Rebuke pride, which has brought many to fall and that haughty spirit which beliefs “I would never do that!” Lay your requests at the foot of the cross and fight the good fight of faith!
Pray the Prayer for Deception on our Prayer for Every Circumstance Page. You can find the full teaching under our Resource Page, One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 1