There’s a lot of deception going on today. Everywhere you look there is a lot of deception. People are deceived. They don’t know what is true and what’s not. You have one person preaching one thing; you turn on the T.V. they are saying another thing. You turn on the radio and they are saying something totally contractradicting to that and people are really confused, and I believe there is a major deception going on today. I want to talk about some of the ways deception comes. Then I want to talk about why you get deceived. There is a reason you get deceived. A lot of times we think we get deceived because we don’t know any better. That’s not always the truth.
Turn to 1st Timothy 4:1-5; I want to show you some of the ways deception comes to us. Some ways you get deceived; But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith. So guess what? You can fall away from the faith. I just want to settle that right now. In the last times some will fall away fro the faith. You can not fall away from something unless you where first there. So you can fall away How? By paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. Isn’t that interesting that in the last days? So in the last days you are going to see deceitful deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons all over. They are all over the place. We are not going to be able to recognize it because we do not know the word, and we will think darkness is light and light is darkness. We will think bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. We’ll think good is evil and evil is good and the enemy is so good at deceiving us; he will take it and twist it totally around and make you think the opposite because he knows how to do that. Later on I am going to show you an example of this right out of your bible and you are going to see this in way you have never seen this before. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. Its talking about these men that are preaching and teaching through deceitful spirits and teaching doctrines of demons because their conscience is seared. Men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. So in the last days they are going to forbid marriage. So does that mean you are going to see someone walking around all over the place saying you should not get married. I have not seen that have you seen that? And advocates abstaining from foods. Let me tell you what that is. I deal with this all the time so let me tell you what’s going on. These deceitful spirits and deception is a source of the marriage problems today. There is a big deception in the marriage. Because it says what God created is good and God created marriage didn’t He? The husbands and wives are hearing in their minds this isn’t good. I don’t like this. You know why I know this. Because I talk to people all the time and I hear this. It is a deceitful spirit and doctrine of demon whispering in there ear and it is wrong. That’s what is happening here. There is a deception going on here. What’s the other thing? They advocate abstaining from foods. Do you know what one of the leading causes of death today in young woman is? Anorexia and Bulimia is one the leading causes of death today.
So those are two things going on today that are controlled by deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons moving to verse #4; for everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude. Everything! You know what one of the main problems is? We are not thankful. We are not thankful for our husbands. We are not thankful for our wives. We are not thankful for the food we have. We are just not thankful for what we do have because we are to busy coveting what we do not have. Anyway this is also one the signs of the last days and it is a deception going on today. Look at Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you therefore brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissentions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. So what is another way deception comes? Smooth and flattering speech. It flatters you. The example I am going to get into later on you are definitely going to see flattery. Smooth and flattering speech they deceive the heart. So you can get deceived by smooth speaking people. Smooth preaching, flattery stuff. That is the intent of that. So there is another way you can be deceived. You need to see these things because in the last days there is going to be great falling away. The bible says even the elect can be deceived in the last days.
Turn to Ephesians 5:3 which says Do not let immorality or any impurity, or greed even be named among you, as is proper among the saints. So let me ask you this! Among the saints today is their immorality, impurity, or greed? Its not supposed to be there. Lets go on and there must be no filthiness and silly talk or coarse jesting which are not fitting but rather giving of thanks. There it is addressing the un-thankfulness issue again. For this you know with certainty that no immoral, or impure person, or covetous man, who is an idolater has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. It is telling you very clearly if you got this stuff, you have no inheritance. Let no one deceive you with empty words. You will have a lot of empty words coming out and they are going to deceive you, and what they are going to say is its okay. The grace of God covers it its okay, but look what Paul says Let no one deceive you with empty words for because of these things what things? The things he is discussing in verse 3,4,&5, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. So the deception is this. You can practice these things and nothing going to happen to you. Okay! No judgment, no problem you are all right because the grace of God is going to cover you. That is not what this scripture says but it does warn you not to be deceived by this. That is a deception today. I am telling you right up front if you here that it’s a deception. That is what Paul is clearly telling us right here and he says the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience. Do you know what the wrath of God is? It’s not good and I assure you that you don’t want it. Verse 7, Therefore do not be partakers with them for you where formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of the light. You see if you are in darkness you walk one way and if you are in light you walk a completely different way. So again the deception comes again through empty words. The deception is you can disobey God and not receive judgment.
Turn to 1 John 3:4 to look at another way deception comes. Look at verse 4 and watch this. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; and no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. Now look at verse 7 Little children let no deceive you; why is he saying that? It’s because you can be deceived about the very thing he is about to address right here right here, let me show you how. The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil so here is the deception right here. The deception will tell you can practice sin and you are okay, but Paul is stating clearly that the one who practices righteousness is righteous, and he is telling you not to be deceived about this. So again here is a deception of the last days. Do you see what I am saying? The deception is going to tell you that you can do these things and it won’t kill you, it won’t hurt you, there’s no judgment on it because we are not under the law. Anyone reading this about ready to stone me yet? I hope not because this is good news for those that have been deceived for so many years because the truth, if you can truly hear it, will make you free.
Okay lets take a look at self deception by turning to Jeremiah 42:19. Now anybody that is involved in counseling or ministry will run into this all the time. Let me set the stage for you here. Now these people had come to Jeremiah and they had wanted a word from the Lord. This happens today all over the place where people will come to my father or his ministry wanting a word from the Lord. They will come and they want to get ministered to. The only problem is when you tell them what God is saying; they don’t want to hear it. Now this doesn’t happen all the time but it definitely happens sometimes, now lets go back to Jeremiah again and read this passage in Jeremiah 42; The Lord has spoken to you, O remnant of Judah, “Do not go into Egypt!” You should clearly understand that today I have testified against you. For you have only deceived yourselves; for it is you sent me to the Lord your God saying, “Pray for us to the Lord our God and whatever the Lord our God says , tell us so, and we will do it.” So I have told you today, but you have not obeyed the Lord your God, even in whatever he has sent me to tell you. Therefore you should clearly understand that you will die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, in the place where you go to reside. So they said go find out what the Lord said and the Lord said don’t go to Egypt, stay here, but they said no we are going to go to Egypt.
The same thing happens today where people will come today looking for answers or help from God and I will tell them do this, but they will say I don’t wan to do that. So the Lord tells us when you choose to walk in this manner you deceive yourself because you don’t really want to know the truth. You want people to agree with you just like these people where coming to Jeremiah wanting him to give them the word that they wanted to hear so they could do what they wanted to do and could care less what God said. So when He told them not to go they deceived themselves. You can be in self deception. You will not hear the truth. It happens all the time. I meet people all the time looking for answers to all the trouble happening in their life but they don’t really want to know the truth. They want you to get in agreement with them and have self pity with them about how rotten their circumstances are but they don’t want to do the things that God requires of them to fix their circumstances, and as long as they remain in rebellion to God through the deception of their own minds God is not going to fix their problem. Just like Jeremiah was telling the people back then that the end would be destruction because of their own self deception; it is no different today.
Now lets look at another self deception in Obadiah. I want to show you another way we deceive ourselves and another way often times you can get deceived in your walk with the Lord because if you know this you can start dealing with it. Obadiah verse 3 says the arrogance of your heart deceives you. So what deceives you? Arrogance in your heart or pride. A deceived person normally is person who has got pride, arrogance. They walk in deception of their own heart because they think they know it all. They are wise in their own eyes and you can’t tell them anything because they are not teachable. You will run into this a lot in ministry. This person will want to argue with you when you start speaking the word. They will start arguing with you because of arrogance in their heart. You who live in the clefts of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in your heart, who will bring me down to earth? Nothing bad is going to happen to me, I’m okay, everything’s fine. There is arrogance in the heart and it deceives you. Now look at 2 Timothy 3:12-13. By the way this is just laying the ground work of where we really need to go to point out all the deceptions of the last days that will cause the great falling away. Okay now watch this. Now in verse one Paul is addressing the difficult times that are coming in the last days. Now I don’t know about you but everybody I know right now are having some problems right now in their life. Now this may not include you because you may have plenty of money, nobody giving you any trouble, your kids are obeying you, your husband wife relationship is great, everything is just cool, your just jumping doing back flips. Now I haven’t found anyone like that right now. If it’s going like that for you right now then call me or email me so I can come over to your house for dinner, but anyway most people right now are having just a little bit of a difficult time. It says in the last days difficult times will come so we must be here right here in 2 Timothy 3 which Paul is addressing. Now look at verse 12 Indeed all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Now there is a key word in that verse which is godly. Now again all that desire to live godly in Christ will be persecuted. But you say I am not persecuted. Really! Are you serious! Then you have a problem then. That scripture says all doesn’t it? It does not say some or most but it clearly says all who desire to live godly. Now look as verse 13 But evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Now why on earth did he throw that scripture in after he said all who desire to live godly in Christ will be persecuted? It’s because the imposters are going to tell you that’s not the way its going to be. Everything going to be great, all things are going to be good and all that. Now it says the imposters are deceiving and being deceived. The imposters are deceived in their heart. I am going to hit that in a moment with the old testament prophets. The imposters are very good at deceiving because they are deceived themselves in their heart. They believe this in their heart that’s why they are so good at it. They believe this in their heart therefore they are so good at selling this to people and its an imposter of the true gospel and its going to lead you down the wrong way. So that is another way the deception comes. All right, now I want to show you this. You say in your heart that God would never allow that to happen. Turn to 1 Kings 22: and I want to set the stage for you at first. Now Ahab was a evil king in Israel and he never really wanted to obey God and Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was ready to go out to war with King Ahab and fight against the Arameans. So they where ready to go out to war against the Arameans and Jehoshaphat said to Ahab lets first inquire for the word of the Lord. So they asked for a prophet to come and give them a word from the Lord and all these false prophets come give this word saying yeah go out and fight; you are going to win; go do it guy; you the big man. So after all four hundred of these men had prophesied this mighty victory for the children of God they called for a real prophet. All the prophets where false except for one. So there is always more false prophets than there are real prophets. Its always that way. So they go out and get Micaiah and the messengers plead with him to deliver a favorable word to the kings like the four hundred false prophets had just done. In verse 20 Micaiah begins to reveal what the Lord told him and keep in mind this is God speaking here. And the Lord said, Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead? And one said this while another said that. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said “I will entice him.” Do you know what kind of spirit that is that went and said he would entice him? It’s not a good one. It’s the bad one, and God is allowing the spirits to come and test the hearts of these people through the false prophets. That’s the way it works. That is how your heart gets tested. So this spirit comes in the Lord says how are you going to do it? Now look at verse 22 and spirit answered God and said “ I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. Wow! You mean a prophet can have a deceiving spirit? Sure could. And guess what? The Lord said you are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so. Now therefore, behold, the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the Lord has proclaimed disaster against you. So that’s one of the ways disaster comes. You have a deceiving spirit operating in the mouth of the prophets speaking deception enticing people into rebellion because their hearts are rebellious and they want to hear that message. You ever heard this message preached before. The scary thing is this is the Lord doing this. Why? He aloud it because of the hearts of the people. It’s a little scary. Okay lets go on down to Jeremiah 14:13. This is going to set the stage for what w are wanting to show you. But ah Lord God I said Look the prophets are telling them, you will not see the sword now will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place. Then the Lord said to me, The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name, I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and deception of their own minds. So what happened? They are prophesying a dream and a vision but it’s a deception. In other words they did see something. It is not something they just made up.
They saw it, but it’s a deception of their own mind and they are prophesying that, and they are always prophesying nothing bad is going to happen everything is going to be good but they are deceptive. This deception in the heart brings false vision, divination, and futility. Okay lets turn to revelation 19:20 This is another way deception comes. You see guys if you know this then you can test this stuff when you hear it. Because God is going to allow your heart to be tested because we are supposed to love the Lord with how much of our heart? All your heart. The part of your heart that’s not going after God He is going to allow to be tested until you see its something you need to deal with. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what we are trying to teach here and let God show you what’s in your heart. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown into the lake of fire. He deceived them by the signs. So another way deception comes is false signs and wonders. You are going to see false signs and wonders. You need to back up the signs and wonders you see by what you have seen in the bible. If you don’t see that in the bible then you need to be a little careful of it. So there are a lot of signs and wonders floating around that are not biblically based and you can get deceived and think that’s the power of God. So there are few ways that deception comes now lets go and look at why. Why does it happen and what do we do to get out of it. It’s no good to know you have a problem. You need to know how it got there and then you need to know what you got to do to fix it.
Turn to Exodus 20:20. You can easily remember this verse in the bible by thinking of 20/20 vision. Now exodus chapter 20 is where the law was given. And when they gave the law in verse 18 look what happened. And all the people perceived the thunder and lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they started saying oh my goodness we don’t like this! So when the word came forth it shook everybody up. Now this is the problem today in that the word coming forth today is not shaking anybody up. That’s because God’s not speaking it because when God speaks it then it will shake you up. There will be a whole lot of shaking going on. We are not talking Jerry Lee Lewis. There is a whole lot of shaking that goes on when God speaks. It will scare you just like it scared the Jews back in Exodus. Then they said to Moses, speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us; lest we die. They said we don’t want to hear God. So what’s this all about if it’s not about hearing God. Hear they where the people of God and they did not want to hear God.
Think about it. Here we are today the people of God and guess what? We don’t want to hear God. We want to hear something that sounds good like what the false prophets are saying. Is this making any sense to you whatsoever or is this totally more than you can comprehend? Because hen God starts talking he is usually digging in your ant hill. He is usually trying to get a message to you and a lot of times it does not fell very good. We want all this nice stuff to make us feel good, and you can go to most churches and hear that nice feel good message preached, but as we have ministered to people we find out there is problems and we have to deal with the problems, and I am trying to address one of the major problems right here. So back to verse 20 and Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid; You see people are afraid of God. Why are they afraid of God? Because of their sin. I don’t want to hear God because if I do then I have to deal with it and if I don’t deal with it then He is going to kill me. So they don’t want to hear God. Moses said for God has come in order to test you and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin. So the law or the word of God came to test the hearts of the people, and it’s supposed to put the fear of God in you. Now here is the problem. I am going to tell you first and then show it to you in God’s word. It’s the fear of God that keeps you from being deceived. If you do not have the fear of God then you will be deceived. You are going to see this and my hope is that it will really hit you. The fear of God is supposed to be in you. The word of God or the gospel is what puts the fear of God in you. You can not get the fear of God in you without really seeing what the gospel really says. When you see the gospel for what it really says then you will be like the disciples and you know what they said? Well who can be saved? You see when Jesus preached people said who can be saved? But when we preach today; everybody can be saved. Do you see the difference? It might be a different gospel! All right, so the fear of God is what keeps you from being deceived. Okay so now lets go look at the example. Lets first turn to psalms 36:1 and then we are going to go to Genesis 3. We are going to go through both these chapters and we are going to explain this thing about deception and when you see this your eyes are going to be opened. What did Jesus say? I have come to open the eyes of the blind. Why did he say that? Because we are deceived. We are blind. Remember when Jesus healed the blind man and the Pharisees had a real problem with it, and Jesus was preaching to them and they came up and said to Jesus we are not blind too are we? When what they where really saying was we got all together; we know what we are doing and Jesus said to them because you say you see you are blind and your sin remains because they thought they new it all and had it all together. Jesus said your blind. So Jesus has come to open the eyes of the blind. Now to psalms 36 vs. 1 and watch this. Here is he way deception works. Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart. Do you know what transgression is? It means disobedience to the word of God or not obeying the word of God. This stuff talks to you in your heart. Did you know that? That stuff in there talks to you and speaks to you. It’s talking all the time.
Now look at the next part of the verse. There is no fear of God before his eyes. This is the problem. Transgression in your heart does not fear God. It does not fear God at all but says big deal and its talking to you and it’s saying it’s not going to hurt you if you do this. It’s okay. See there is no fear of God. Because there is no fear of God the transgression is sitting there and its saying you don’t have to worry about this it’s okay. Does anybody out there no what I am talking about right here? Has anybody had any of this happen to you while trying to walk in obedience to God? Now look what the transgression is doing. It flatters him in his own eyes. Now I am going to show you what that means in a minute. How can transgression in your heart flatter you? In other words there is your pride and your arrogance and it builds you up and it makes you think you are bigger than God. It makes you think you know more than God. Ah I know more than God. I know he said this but big deal. It flatters you and I am going to show you how it flatters you when we go to Genesis 3, but the next part of verse says concerning the discovery of his iniquity and hatred of it. Do you know who discovers this iniquity in your heart? Satan discovers it. He comes and finds it. Because he knows what’s there he starts speaking things and stirs up the transgression that’s in your heart, and when it gets stirred up that iniquity just like Satan hates. In other words just like Satan hates God; iniquity in your heart hates God. That iniquity hates God ; it is going to stir you up against God because Satan hates God and that iniquity hates God and when Satan discovers it in your heart then there is hatred that comes with that thing. Now thin Satan speaks to us through the transgression he discovers or finds in our heart. That’s how you start hearing the devil. Now then lets look at the example in Genesis 3. This is where it all started. We are going to take all the scriptures we have looked at and apply it to this example and your going to see how it works and tie it back to psalms 36. You are going to see the way it worked in Eve and you are going to see it works the same way in us today. It all works the same way. Starting in verse1, Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. Now just let me tell you right there that crafty means the serpent was smarter than you or I. Crafty also means deception or deceiver. So he know how to do this thing with you. Now this is the way he works. Now he works through the 11 or 12 things that I gave you earlier through empty words, false prophets, deception of the heart but now I want to show you how he does it. Now in this example he goes to the woman. Now Satan is getting ready to find the transgression in her heart and this is how he does it. He approaches Eve and says did God say you shouldn’t eat off of any of those trees. You see he hates God and he wants to get you out of fellowship with God and he wants to put it in your heart that God is a bad God. I don’t know how many people my father or his ministry prays for that thinks that God does not love them. They do not think that God loves them and they think that God’s mean. It’s a deception. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above. God is a good God and He loves us. He is trying to get the word out to us because He loves us. Now I am just going to say this. If you are reading this right now I know that God loves you and wants you to hear the truth. He is trying to get your attention. Unfortunately most places you would go to or most things you can read will not point out to you the things I am speaking of today. This should be good news for you because the truth will set you free. So the serpent starts planting this doubt in Eve’s heart. Have you ever noticed how you can have a good relationship going along with somebody until someone comes along and plants doubt in your heart about it. Do you know what I am talking about? Ever had that Happen? Next thing you know you are starting to hear things. I think I want to hurt that guy. I think I want to do this to him. You know, this is what’s happening here. Satan is stirring up a case in Eve’s heart and why? Because the stuff is already there. The first Adam was from the earth and the second Adam was from heaven. The earthly does not inherit the kingdom. Flesh and blood does not inherit the kingdom of God. There is something wrong with them because they are from the earth where again the second Adam was from heaven. First the earthly then the heavenly. So the earthly is not good; we need the heavenly. So the woman said to the serpent from the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die. Now already here is what I think is going on in her heart. The transgression in her heart that hates God has gotten stirred up by this deceptive word that is coming to her through Satan. Now she starts conversing with Satan saying God said don’t eat it. I wonder why he said that? Don’t touch it. Which God actually never said don’t touch it. See the lie that is already in her heart. No where does it ever say not to touch the fruit. Now she is hearing stuff in her head that’s not true. Remember back in Psalms 36 where it says transgression speaks to the ungodly. It’s talking to her and Satan stirred it up. So she says yeah if I eat it or touch it I am going to die. So now she sees God as wanting to hurt her. He’s going t kill me. Do you see that. Oh God is bad he wants to hurt me, and he is keeping something from me. You see the case is getting built in her heart against God. There is a deception that’s happening because of the transgression that is in her heart. Now then watch what happens in verse 4. The serpent said to the woman, You surely shall not die. Now what did we say back over there in Ephesians and those other scriptures where it said don’t be deceived by empty words saying because of these things the wrath of God comes on the sons of disobedience. So what did Satan say? You can disobey and it won’t kill you. That’s a doctrine of demons. That’s what we read to you out of all those scriptures is they are saying to you with empty words that its okay to do this it won’t kill you. That’s the doctrine of demons which is basically saying you know God is really a liar. You can’t believe God. He just said that. He won’t kill you. So now then Eve has got a decision to make. Who is telling me the truth? Is God true or is the Devil true. I have to listen to one of these voices. Turn to 2 Thessalonians 2:7, you need to see this. The mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Do you know what the mystery of lawlessness is? Lawlessness is not walking in obedience to God’s word. Have you ever seen more lawlessness than we see today? It’s everywhere. Only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming that is the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power, and signs and false wonders, and with all deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that thy may all be judged who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness. Here is what happens. When you do not believe the truth; God sends a deluding influence. You know who that is? it’s the powers of darkness, deceptive words, false teaching, false prophets and all that stuff. If you don’t receive the truth you get the false. Because if you don’t believe the truth what else can you believe? All right if you don’t believe the truth the only thing you can receive is a lie, and God sends it. Remember back in 2 kings 22 where he sent lying spirit in the moth of all the prophets. Why? Because they did not want to hear the truth. That’s the way it works. So when you don’t receive the truth a deceiving spirit or deluding influence come and they will speak a false thing to you and then you believe the false. That’s what is going on and its deception. It’s a deception in the heart. So now lets go back to Genesis 3; So Satan says your not going to die. So what’s the first thing he does now. He steals the word of God from her. The parable of the sower and the seed. What’s the first thing Satan does in the parable of the sower and the seed. The birds of the air come and eat the word and steal it. So Satan stole the word out of her heart. You know what he is saying to her? You don’t have to fear God. If you go back to psalms 36 it says transgression speaks to the heart of the ungodly there is no fear of God before his eyes You see that’s the way it works. The transgression in your heart takes away the fear of God. Because God said if you eat it you are going to die that should put the fear of God in you. But Satan comes in and say you won’t die. Transgression says I am not going to die. So there is no fear of God. So now then is the fear of God being taught and going forth in most places? Is it? It’s not. And without the fear of God you will be deceived every time. Remember in Exodus 20 He has come to test you to see that the fear of Him might remain in you so you don’t sin. See that. If you don’t have the fear of God you will go into deception every time because transgression in your heart will talk you out of the word of God and the truth of the word of God because there is no fear of God there because you don’t think God’s going to o anything because He is a liar and you don’t believe God because you believe the Devil.
Do you not know that it is much easier to believe a lie than it is to believe the truth. So when people want to come and get fixed spiritually and we tell them what its going to take to get it fixed. They will tell you many times that they don’t want to hear that. Let me go find somebody else who will tell me what I want to hear. Do you see what I am saying. That’s the way it works. Listen Guys I know what I am talking about here because I have been down this road for many years and I have seen this word proved out time and time again. So back to Eve. Eve says in heart you don’t have to fear God. So the first deception transgression says to you is you don’t have to fear God; you don’t have to believe Him. Deception there steals the fear of God. Now that the fear of God is gone watch in verse 5 what happens. God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be open. Remember Jesus said I have come to open the eyes of the blind. Now Satan comes to open the eyes of the blind. Satan counterfeits everything God has. He is telling Eve you just don’t see it my way. You just don’t see this thing. You do what I say then your eyes are going to really be opened. So Satan has a gospel and Jesus has a gospel. There are two gospels. Satan’s gospel will bring death spiritually and eternally and Jesus will bring life spiritually and eternally. Satan will bring life to your flesh saying it’s okay to give in to a little lust of the flesh, lust f the eyes, boastful pride of life; it won’t kill you God understands. Jesus says you must die completely to the desires of the flesh and be led by the Holy Spirit taking every thought captive. Satan says you can’t possibly take every thought captive. I could go on and on to prove this point of two gospels but lets get back to Genesis. God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be open and you will be like God knowing good and evil. Here is the next deception. He sees the transgression now as a good thing. The transgression is good now because I will be like God. You see it? The first deception is it will not kill me and now not only will it not kill me. Wow it’s a good thing. So it goes from being bad to not killing you to being really good now. So now everything is starting to change. God’s word is not true but the Devil says if you do it not only will t not kill you but it’s going to give you some good stuff out of this. It’s going to be what you have been looking for. So here is the way this works. Here is what happens. Remember when it said transgression flatters the individual in Psalms 36. Here is what its saying. You will be like God, you will be cool, you will have everything you want, it puffs you up and speaks to that flesh and says if you this you will have everything you want. You see it flatters you. You will be like God. Nobody else in the world will know what you know. Nobody can compete with you. So now then Eve hears this. She is now starting to get wise in her own eyes. Remember in psalms 36 when it said there is no fear of God before their eyes. There is no fear of God before their eyes because they have different eyes. They are getting different eyes because they are choosing another word or gospel and they are getting the eyes of that gospel. They are seeing things through the devils eyes, and its telling Eve she can be her own God. You see this is what deception and rebellion is all about. You get to be God. You get to be God and God’s not going to be God. I am going to be God I am not going to listen to Him because I know more than He does and Now Eve is seeing evil as good and good as evil. Now Eve has flipped good and evil because she has a different set of eyes. That’s how the Devil works; he twist everything around in your life so you think evil is good and good is evil. Light is dark and darkness is light. Bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. I have prayed with enough people and ministered to enough people and have heard them tell me this. So its not just a little bit but its 180 degrees opposite when you are deceived. So if you take the deception you are walking in and make a completes 180 degree turn around in the direction you are walking then it will probably be close to the right way. Now look at verse 6. Now everything is focused on her, and this transgression and deception is now talking to her and building her up. Watch how it talks to her in her heart; it flatters her it says the woman saw the trees good for food, its going to taste good to me, it’s going to build my body up. I am going to look great. I will be like the buns of steel commercial. I am going to look really good. I am going to be buff. It will taste good. Who is it about? Me! And if I look at it, it brings a lot of pleasure. It’s a delight to my eyes. It’s just good to look at that thing. Have you ever bought something guys and you just sit there and look at it. It’s so pretty. You can’t do anything with it. Any of you guys know what I am saying? Guys you know those things your wife buys that you can not do any thing with but to sit there and look at it. I have got them all over my house. Oh it’s so pretty. What do you do with it? You just look at it. So anyway Eve is thinking this will make a good fruit basket on my dining room table and everyone will come in and look at it and say you are really creative. You are really cool. So you see the eyes. That thing is talking to you. And then it says not only that. It’s going to make you wise. You see it says woe to those who are wise in their own eyes. See in our own eyes we are going to be wise. Except its not her eyes but she is looking at this thing through the eyes of deception. Through the eyes of the enemy or what he is saying to her. You will be as wise as God. You see that transgression will always flatter you because it is all about you. While I am hear I will go ahead and let you know that anorexia and bulimia work this way. You see it tells them if you don’t eat you will be good. It is just a reversal so you can see the process is the same. Okay here is the key point in how deception works in your life. I am going to tell you how it works. Deception works in us through the process of a person justifying their rebellion because of what they receive from the rebellion. Eve is justifying the rebellion because she says if I eat it; it’s good, it’s pleasant to the eyes, and it will make me wise. There is a justification for doing it. That’s the way deception works. It will take the rebellion and it will justify it because of the results you will get from the rebellion. Do you see what I am saying here? In other words it will talk itself into rebelling because of the benefits that you are going to get from it. The benefits are worth it to me. So I justify it. Here’s the deal, when you start justifying yourself, when you start justifying your actions, Well they did this so I can do this you are deceived. They treated me bad so I can do this. I can rebel against what God says because this happened to me so I can justify my rebellion for disobeying what God said. So you justify your actions so you can get something good from it because f what someone else said or did and so that becomes a deception of the heart. You know people who are deceived will always justify themselves. They will always justify their disobedience because if they had not done this then I would not have done this, and if I do this then it’s going to get me out of the pain. In other words through justification because of something you are going to get or because it going to get you out of the pain that it is causing you. So we will justify disobedience to the known word of God because if I jut do this then I will get rid of this pain and agony, gloom ,and despair and all this stuff but yet you are still walking in disobedience to God. O that’s a deception of the heart. This is the way deception works. Now let me make this point. A deceived person is a rebellious person. Did you know that? This is what will really get you when you see this. Turn to Isaiah 57: but you say I was deceived. Yep, that’s right! Why? Why are you deceived? The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Wise people do not get deceived. Because Satan said if you eat off the tree you will be wise and God said, through the fear of God, if you don’t eat off the tree you will be wise. It’s right the opposite. Now in Isaiah 57:3 it says come here, you sons of a sorceress, offspring of an adulterer and a prostitute. Against whom do you jest? Against whom do you open wide your mouth and stick out your tongue? Are you not the children of rebellion, offspring of deceit. Do you see that? Deception and rebellion are hand in hand. A deceived person is in rebellion. If you are deceived you are always going to be doing something you should not be doing. You are in rebellion. So rebellious person is a deceived person and a deceived person is a rebellious person. So when we have that deception working in our lives, that means there is something in us that wants to rebel and we have to go in and start digging that thing out. Then we start submitting it to God. Now then lets go back to Genesis 3 and look what happens in verse 6. She takes it and she eats it and guess what happens? Nothing, nothing happens when she eats it, and she says oh I am going to help my husband out. I am going to give him some it, and wives they want to help their husbands out. My wife is always helping me. She getting me to do this and to do that and she is trying to help me. It’s a natural thing that a woman wants to help her husband, and so she takes it she ate and she did not die so now Adam says cool! It did not kill her; I can eat it now. Now the husband always sends the wife out to do the dirty work. If she doesn’t die then I will eat it. You did not see Adam up there stopping her do you? He’s waiting. If she dies then I am not going to touch that thing. I am not touching that thing you won’t get me to eat that thing, but she lives and Adam says it must be all right. So she says hey Adam this is good come on and try this. So she gives him some of the fruit and he eats it. Now then in verse 7 it says both of their eyes where open, because we know that both the husband and wife are one and he is her covering and protection and when he sinned the whole thing went down. He could have covered her. But he did not. He could have said we are not going to do that, but he said no lets go ahead we will do it. I will get in there with you and we will eat that thing and we both will be cool. Because after all I don’t want my wife to be smarter than me. Husbands don’t like that when their wife is smarter than them or knows something they don’t. So Adam says I will eat some of this and I will be as smart as my wife and we will both be like God. So he eats it. Now then there eyes are open. So now then they got the eyes of the flesh and the eyes of Satan right now. Now they see things differently. This what happens when you go into the sin and rebellion; you get into deception; now you are totally messed up. You see they where naked before but now they know things they out not to know. They are in total denial. I have seen this in ministry. A wife will be up there trying to get help and Eve did not say the Devil deceived me and my husband did not protect me. She could have said that. Because the husband was the covering right men. She could have said the husband you gave me; he did not protect me; he did no take that fruit out of my hand like he should have. He did not cover me like he should. I have heard that from woman however in ministry. My husband not protecting me and giving me what I need. You know what, it still does not excuse the wife’s rebellion to God. And men, because the wife is not doing everything she is supposed to it does not excuse the husbands to go out walk in rebellion and sin to God and abuse your wife verbally, mentally, emotionally, or whatever because she is fulfilling she is supposed to do. That’s how we justify the sin. This is how the deceitful spirits of the last days forbidding marriage. That’s what happens. Deceitful spirits give you a way out so you can rebel against what God has told you to do because of the hurt and pain you are experiencing and you are not going to go in and obey God because you have to get away from that. Is this making any sense to anyone or am I the only one who goes through this. So here’s the deal. Did God tempt them? No! The bible says in James that God can not be tempted with evil neither does he tempt any man, but each man is tempted and enticed and is carried away by the lust of his own heart. So what the problem was is it was already there. It was already there and the Devil comes in and finds it and then you get a choice to obey or walk in deception and justify and then you go into the sin and rebellion and then hell comes on your life. That is what is happening today in many peoples lives. It’s happening in children, children are deceived, the enemy will come to a child and tell them something because of something that happens and make them believe a lie and totally just twist everything that child hears and they will think evil is good and good is evil. It will happen so if you have young children be on guard for that because it will happen. Those of you that are older and have seen this happen; you know what I am talking about. So the Devil will take things because of the deception that’s in the heart or the transgression that’s in the heart and he will twist things on you and get you to believe a lie and g into rebellion then you are deceived and then all hell begins to follow you. So what’s the answer to this? The answer is the FEAR OF THE LORD. The fear of the Lord is to stay away from evil. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Satan tempted Eve with if you eat off the tree you will be wise where God said the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you have the fear of the Lord then you wouldn’t have done that., and if you understood the fear of the Lord because He said if you do it then this is going to happen then you wouldn’t have done it. So what this really means is you don’t believe God. Isn’t it amazing that we will call ourselves believers but we will believe a few things but we won’t believe everything. So then we go into the rebellion and because of the deception, and because of the transgression that’s in our heart. It’s talking louder and louder and it tells us we are going to get something that’s really going to make us cool. It’s really going to be good for us and God’s keeping something from us then it gets you to turn against God and hate God and the Bible says in psalms 81:15 that those who hate the Lord pretend obedience to him. Those who hate the Lord pretend obedience. So you see if we don’t really obey God then we hate him. That is the biblical definition of hate. So do you see how easy it is to be deceived. I hope this has been a help to you.