Before we get into the understanding of the great deception happening today, I want to start with the full scripture I’m going to use in my lesson here today.
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And He said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
That is the scripture in Genesis 3 that is the lesson here today.
To understand deception we need to learn about the great deceiver, Satan. Not many have looked at the way he works. Nothing has changed from the beginning. Satan first will get you to dispute God’s word, then he has you deny God’s word, and finally he has you displacing the very word of God.
If you don’t believe me, then I’ll show you in the Bible from the very beginning. Genesis 2:16 tells us, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat”. And now deception starts to play a little part in what Eve tells the serpent in Genesis 3:2 “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden.” Did you see what she did? She left out God’s generosity for man by leaving out the word “freely”. It was just a little thing, just a word, no big deal. That’s what Satan does at first. A little bit out of your soul.
So when you ask yourself, is God generous to us, is He good to us? The answer is yes–He gives us till our cup overflows. Satan then comes along and starts in by whispering to you: He could have given more. If He really loved you He’d give you this or that. You start to think that way and become unsatisfied with God. The seed of deceit is growing in your heart. If you find yourself questioning or forgetting God’s blessing on you, you have begun to walk down the road toward Satan and his plan of deception.
Getting back to the conversation between Eve and Satan, we can see Eve diminished God’s goodness and generosity toward us by leaving that one word “ freely” out of her conversation.
Here is the plan Satan has used since Adam and Eve all the way to today:
- Satan first gets you to dispute or change God’s Word as we see Eve doing above.
- Satan gets you to deny God’s Word. Satan tells Eve in (Genesis 3:4) “Ye shall not surely die.”
- Satan now gets you to displace God’s Word. Satan told Eve in (Genesis 3:5) “Ye shall be as gods.” Satan just told Eve she could get away with the same blasphemy he believed himself, just before God threw him out of Heaven.
That’s Satan’s simple but very effective plan to beat you. First he gets you to dispute, then deny, then displaces the Word of God. We all see the excuses for the sins being committed in this world. What Satan’s work has gotten him is seen in the way we call adultery an improper relationship. That’s nonsense; God sees the sin of adultery as just that– adultery. We are allowing Satan to get us to think some sin we are thinking of doing isn’t really sin after all. This opens our hearts to Satan’s deception.
Little by little absolute truth is being eroded from our culture. I have heard some people say nothing is absolute in this world any more. It seems everything is relative. It seems Satan’s plans are so effective through the years; he has sown doubt about the Word of God that, even among major congregations, the authority of the Bible has been eroded, so very little, if any Spirit is still in the church or it’s congregations.
Even the Bible is being used as part of this plan. The King James Version of the Bible is the only true Word of God. See my article “The True Word of God” to learn more on that topic. Satan is not here to help anyone. His plan is to destroy, not build up your life. He wants to enslave, not set free. Remember in (1 Peter 5:8) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Satan never does this in an obvious or obnoxious way. Satan, the great deceiver, works very deceptively, as we have seen, by sowing little seeds of doubt about God’s Word. Satan will move into you from a small presence to totally taking over you in the end. Satan will consume you one little nibble at a time.
The cure for deception is the truth, remember the power over Satan’s deception is Jesus Christ. The Lord Himself said in (John 14:6) “ I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus Christ is the champion of truth. All that follow Him, walk in the truth and we will not be deceived. If we stay in the truth, Satan can’t get in. But when we play games with deceptive words, we open up the door for Satan to come into our hearts. Please take this lesson seriously, because it is happening right now to someone.
All glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan