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The Deceitfulness Of Sin

The Deceitfulness Of Sin

The Word deceit means an act or practice intended to deceive; a trick, an act of deceiving someone. The reason why Christians fall is usually not because of a lack of understanding of the word “sin,” but the ignorance that sin doesn’t always present itself as sin, it is deceitful. When the word sin is mentioned, what usually comes to our mind usually is fornication/Adultery, killing, stealing… Which is right, but don’t you think the people (including believers) who always fall into it once had the mind that they cannot and will not fall into it, or that even though everyone else falls, they will stand. While it is much needful to always take our stand and hold fast to our beliefs, we must always also take heed and be vigilant.

Sin doesn’t always present itself as sin, otherwise, no one will fall or be guilty of it. It is the result of a process of deception which in the end always leads to death (See Romans 6:23).

There are stories in the Bible we can always learn from. First of which is the fall of man.

Genesis 3:1-7

1. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

2. And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3. but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”‘

4. Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

5. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

7. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

Notice the devil didn’t say “eat this fruit of this tree and die”. He said to Eve “you will not certainly die”.

God said if they eat of the tree, they will die, the devil said that they will not surely die and then he began to explain that God knows that on the day they eat of it, their eyes will be opened and that they will be like God, knowing good and evil.

Did God lie to them? Of course not, the death God was talking about was not the physical death, it is a spiritual one, a degradation in their original estate. Satan misinterpreted what God told them. God wasn’t referring to physical death, God said they will die the day they eat of the tree (Gen. 2:9).

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Did they die? Yes, but not a physical death the devil misinterpreted. Did something happen to Adam and Eve after they eat from the tree? Yes. What happened to them was the death God warned them about. Did Satan foretell them about the effect that happened to them immediately after they ate the fruit? No, he didn’t. He only amplified LUST in their heart. Notice immediately they both ate the fruit Satan stop talking to them, the deed was done. Satan misinterpreted the truth and told them only a part of what will be their experience after eating the tree. That was actually how Satan became the god of this world.

It is not only “lies” that can kill, “truth when not properly understood or misinterpreted” can also kill; this is what deception entails.

Another story in the Bible we can also learn from is what happened to Peter before and after He denied Jesus three times.

We need to understand that sin is the result of a process of deception. When Jesus told Peter that He was going to deny Him, Peter said:

Mark.14.29 – Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”

Jesus had already seen his heart. Remember Jesus is the Word of God and the Word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jesus knew what Satan had already planned and the work of sin he had already accomplished in Peter, but Peter himself didn’t even know this. Peter thought he was very stable and yielded more than everyone else, but Jesus saw already that the devil had already completed the work of sin in Him. See what Jesus said:

Luke 22:31-32

31. And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.

32. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Thank God Jesus prayed for him otherwise he could have ended up like Judas who hanged himself in guilt.

The truth is that all the disciples didn’t truly understand what Jesus’ earthly ministry was. They all were thinking that He was going to dethrone Cesar in a battle and that governed their mind and it caused them to have an ulterior agenda. Remember what the mother of James and John said and the response of the other disciples:

Matt.20.21 – And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”

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Matt.20.24 – And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.

If you study scripture carefully, you will understand that Judas’s intention was not that Jesus will be killed. He thought Jesus Will fight against the enemies and will eventually dethrone Cesar and that will begin the Kingdom’s possession. This was also what every other disciple had in mind, that was why after  Jesus willfully gave himself to soldiers contrary to what they thought, they fled.

None of them understood what Jesus’s earthly ministry was, that the kingdom he spoke about to establish wasn’t an earthly Kingdom, but an everlasting kingdom, and that He needed to be crucified, die on the cross, buried, and then resurrection the third day after conquering Satan and getting back the Dominion Satan took from Adam in the Garden of Eden.

One beautiful thing we can all learn from these stories is that anytime the devil tries to work against the move of God, He ends up promoting it – that’s the excellence of God’s wisdom.

1Cor. 2:7-8

7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,

8. which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

What then is the purpose of this write-up?

Heb. 3:12-13

12. Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;

13. but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

The devil is the god of this world, he is a fallen, defeated cherub. The only way we can stand against him and resist Him is when we first submit ourselves (Spirit, Soul, and Body) to God (Romans 12;1-2; 14). Sense-knowledge is no match for Satan’s wisdom, he was an anointed cherub. Remember he deceived some angels who took side with him against God and fell along with Him.

There is only one way to victory, it is through Jesus. We must submit ourselves to God, walk as led by the Holy Spirit, and resist the Devil steadfastly In the faith because He is our adversary (1 Peter 5:8-9). The moment we think we are self-sufficient against the devil, we are doomed already. Our sufficiency is in God.

Proverbs  3:5-8

5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your understanding;

6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

7. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

8. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

Don’t try to resist the devil when you haven’t first submitted to God, the outcome will likely be similar to the sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-20).

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Submit to God first then Resist the devil. It is only when we have submitted to God and resisted the devil steadfast in the faith that he (the devil) will flee (1 Peter 5:8-9).

He won’t just flee because we have something to say, He will flee because of who we are in Christ and the understanding we have. The Dominion we have in Christ is shared Dominion. Our basis of authority against the devil is because of Christ’s victory against Satan (1 Cor. 15:57). We are not trying to be victorious over the devil and His cohort, we are already victorious in Christ. We are not trying or hoping to overcome the devil, we have overcome already in Christ (1 John 4:4; 5:4-5).

James 4:7-8

7. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

8. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Sin is exceedingly deceitful. Most times it is only after people might have fallen, they know they have long been in deception. Sin always appears beautiful and seems right, but the end thereof is always destruction. Don’t be deceived.

1Cor.10.12 – Therefore let him who thinks he stands to take heed lest he falls.

Hebrews 3:7-14

7. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today if you will hear His voice,

8. Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,

9. Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.

10. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, “They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’

11. So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.”‘

12. Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;

13. but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,

Are you yet to accept Jesus Christ into your life? Say this short prayer; Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, please I ask that you forgive my sins, I surrender my life to you, save me, heal me, deliver me and use me for Your glory and cause all things to work together for my good. I am free from the bondage of fear! Amen.
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