We Are Not Ignorant of His Devices - Deception

We Are Not Ignorant of His Devices - Deception

The great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil or Satan, who deceives the whole world (Revelations 12:9)

In addition, the devil Does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources because he is a liar and the father of it. (John 8:44)

One of the ways in which the devil lies is through misrepresentation for the Bible tells us that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) 

It also warns us that Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

The devil also lies by using the Cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. (Ephesians 4:14) 

We can see an example of this from the Gibeonites who Worked craftily and carried old sacks and old wineskins which were torn and mended. They wore old and patched sandals on their feet and put on old garments. The bread they carried for their provisions was also dry and moldy. They then went to Joshua and said, "Make a covenant with us because we have come from a far country" (Joshua 9:4-6) because God had told the Israelites to destroy the people who were living in their Promised Land. (Joshua 9:24)

In addition to lying with their props, the Gibeonites also lied with their words for they said, "We took this bread from our houses on the day we left to come to you while it was still hot. But now look, it is dry and moldy. These wineskins were filled when they were new. But now look, they are torn. These garments we are wearing and our sandal have become old because of the very long journey we have taken. (Joshua 9:12-13)

These people who were pretending to have come from a distant land were actually from nearby city because After the Israelites had made a covenant with them, they heard that the Gibeonites were their neighbors who lived near them. (Joshua 9:16)

How to Deal with Deception

If you are being attacked with this device of deception do the following:
Pray for Guidance
Pray and ask God to guide you for the Israelites were fooled by the Gibeonites because they Did not ask counsel of the Lord. (Joshua 9:14)

Therefore, Do not lean on your own understanding. Instead, in all your ways acknowledge God and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Instead of relying just on your own understanding, always rely on God’s insight before you make decisions. To do this, pray and ask God to guide you even if you consider yourself a specialist of the issue you are dealing with because the Gibeonites fooled the Israelites even though the Israelites were supposed to be experts of long distance travel because they had spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness. They should therefore have known better than anyone else how long distance travelers would look and behave.

Pray for the Holy Spirit
Pray and ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit so that you can discern the devil in your daily dealings regardless of whether he camouflages himself as an angel of light or struts about like a lion.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths Proverbs 3:5-6

Confess the Word of God

The sword of the spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17) and confessing Bible verses like the following can help you win your battle against this device of deception since The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

Direct my steps with Your Word, O God. (Psalm 119:133)

No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
No weapon formed against me shall prosper Isaiah 54:17

To learn all the 18 Devices 
We Are Not Ignorant of His Devices 2nd Edition

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