What is the greatest and most successful tactic of the enemy? Is it the frontal assault of wickedness where we see the enemy coming at us and we feel that momentary fear as we know we are headed for a “brawl”?
As a younger christian and minister, I used to fear the assaults of the enemy which I could plainly see coming. Then after a few “victories” my faith was built up and instead of fearing the attacks, I actually planned and strategize in how to defeat the enemy when the conflict materialize. I believe that comes with spiritual maturity and experience. The devil begins to raise his ugly head and instead of feinting in fear you actually learn to pull the Sword of the Spirit on Him and in the Name of Jesus defeat him.
Here’s the deal though. Once the enemy learns you no longer have fear of the obvious frontal attacks…he retreats into the shadows. His tactics change. Deception becomes his greatest weapon. In Joshua chapter nine we see Joshua deceived by the Gibeonites. The flooded Jordan was crossed. The walls of Jericho had fallen. He had a hic-up at Ai, but that was sin in the camp and once dealt with they were back on their winning ways…until the deception of the Gibeonites. I won’t go into all the story here, but the Gibeonites deceived Joshua into believing they meant him no harm so he made a covenant with them that Israel would never attack them. It cost Israel dearly down the road as the Gibeonites became a thorn in their side throughout the rest of their history. They did this by sheer deception. Pretending to be something they weren’t!
Deception has always been the enemies greatest weapon of choice.
It was through deceptive tactics that the serpent in the garden was able to deceive the woman, leading her to disobey God. The woman was telling the truth in Genesis 3:13 when she said, “The serpent deceived me and I ate.” The problem was she still paid the consequences for being deceived just as Joshua would thousands of years later!
Quiet frankly, I know of nothing more wicked than deception because deception in it purest form is not simply a “lie”, but the twisting of truth to propagate a lie! You see a careful reading of Genesis 3 will clearly show you the enemy cast doubt upon and perverted the truth of God’s own words. I can hear the super spiritual gooey sweet tone of the serpent’s words as he said, “Hath God said?”
The scriptures both warn us to be aware of deception and tells us how God deals with those who would become pawns of the enemy to spread deception. It begins with Genesis three when God makes redemption possible for the man and the woman, but not the serpent. He was cursed of God to crawl on his belly from that day forward…not to mention his head would be crushed by the culmination of all truth, Jesus Christ.
Below are some scriptures for meditation and personal reflexion.
Job 13:4–11 (ESV)
4 As for you, you whitewash with lies;
worthless physicians are you all.
5 Oh that you would keep silent,
and it would be your wisdom!
6 Hear now my argument
and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will you speak falsely for God
and speak deceitfully for him?
8 Will you show partiality toward him?
Will you plead the case for God?
9 Will it be well with you when he searches you out?
Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
10 He will surely rebuke you
if in secret you show partiality.
11 Will not his majesty terrify you,
and the dread of him fall upon you?
Psalm 26:4 (NASB95)
4 I do not sit with deceitful men,
Nor will I go with pretenders.
Psalm 35:20 (NASB95)
20 For they do not speak peace,
But they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
Psalm 43:1 (NASB95)
1 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;
O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
Psalm 109:2 (NASB95)
2 For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
Proverbs 12:5 (NASB95)
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:6 (NASB95)
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
2 Corinthians 11:13 (NASB95)
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
Ephesians 4:13–14 (NASB95)
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
My friend, these are just a small fraction of the scriptures relating to deception which are found in the holy scriptures. In them we see the heart and mind of God toward this evil scheming of the enemy. God both warns us of the dangers of being deceived and of being one who is a pawn in the hands of the enemy to deceive. Anyone who twist or hides truth from the people of God is a deceiver. Judgement rest upon those who deceive and the consequences of being deceived will be the result for those who were deceived!
Seek truth at all cost! When you find it, stand upon it and do not allow it to be twisted or perverted. When you feel bound in your spirit by people or a situation, something is wrong. Deception of some kind is at work. RUN TO JESUS and ask Him to show you what’s wrong. He is the one who said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free!” and “He who the Son sets free is free indeed!”