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Deception has played a major part in how I’ve lived over half my life. I was addicted to attention at a very early age and quickly learned the art of being a con artist without realizing it. I practiced deception because I found it would bring me the attention, I craved, needed, and felt I deserved. I later learned that deception in itself is highly addictive and life-controlling. As is explained in Deception; the act of deceiving; the state of being deceived. 2: something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice= (a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile.) Trick. “I was a magician without the magic wand. Doing whatever was necessary to continue my lifestyle of doing whatever was necessary to keep the true me hidden! Deceivers, who are very good for a long time, find that their deception is slowly eating them alive from the inside out. That’s why many won’t read nor understand Romans 16:18 (LT), Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words, they deceive innocent people. Life becomes all about their comfort!

To help put deception in the spiritual arena, I went to which lists 25 scriptures dealing with Deception and then defines Deception as; Deceit; Hypocrisy; Falsehood; False Witness, Confidence, and Flattery. I went through all these definitions and examples hoping you’ll want to examine yourself. I’m speaking of the Deception that you are harboring and may not even know it. Far too many Christians are gullible enough to believe they are above such things even though we are told in 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NLT), Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. All too often this is where judging others can play a big part in hiding the rabbit in our own hat. Many churchgoers aren’t interested in knowing who they are in Christ Jesus, they are stuck on what Jesus is doing for everyone else and how little He’s doing for them. These soon join the numbers of the deceived and become deceptive themselves. Satan conquers minds that operate from jealousy and envy as their faith is shaken and questionable. A visiting missionary recently stated, “It is important to know who you are. This is a question we all need to regularly ask ourselves, so don’t guess or skip it and move on! Do you truly know who you are? Now ask yourself, do you know who Jesus says you are? Then this man touched me with this profound statement, “If your identity can be stolen, then that’s not truly who you are.” Should everything you have be stolen, your gifts, talents, and personal possessions everything gone: would you still, be you? Could you find the real you that Jesus created and start all over again or would the you that you’ve invented even want to pick up and start again? You truly must discover who you become when He is in you and you in Him. At that point, you are no longer yours!

While intently listening to the speaker; God gave me the thought of, Deception doesn’t always come dressed as something evil or bad. It can be the simple truth with just enough information to cause a person to question God. A pastor in the group spoke up and said one of the most powerful tools in Satan’s toolbox is questions. The right question at the right time or the same question asked over and over can cause doubts. He went on to say that is why it is so important that we stay in God’s word daily and commit it to memory.

Father, I come to you asking that we get on our knees and beg you to show us anything in our lives that is keeping us from pleasing you. Help us to get hold of Galatians 6:4 (NLT), Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Teach us Lord to only compare ourselves with Jesus as He is truly the only one worthy of such honor. Help us Lord, to be the best me in you that we were created to be. May you manifest more of you in us! Amen




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