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Deceit: Catch the thief!

07 September 2012, 09:48

My pastor taught me many years ago about deception. He said to me “deception is believing a lie”.  He said when the serpent came to Eve in the Garden of Eden he made Eve to believe a lie. Although God had said that if they ate the fruit they would die, the snake made Eve to believe otherwise. That was deception. Believing a lie.

The dictionary meaning of the word "DECEIVE" means "to trick, to fool, to hoodwink someone, to make a person believe as true something that is false." That agrees perfectly with what my pastor said.

 Many a time, in our lives we find ourselves on different crossroads. A decision has to be made. A course has to be elected. Either you go East or you go West. Sometimes the alternatives are many. They can be North, South, East and West. Like in economics we can assume that the decider is rational. In economics that means he/she is risk averse and prefers more to less. Utility Theory says a person chooses a course that maximises their utility. What do you do when you get to such a crossroad? What informs the direction that you eventually embark on?

 In the bible there is a verse, you can call it a phrase or statement, that reverberates throughout the book of Proverbs. I will just cite just two places only, Prov 14 v12 and Prov 16v 25. It says “there is a way that seemeth right to a man but in the end it leadeth to destruction”. Why does this way seem right to this man? What or Who makes this man to believe that this way is right? This pertinent question takes us back to the word we began with: DECEPTION! In the case of Eve it was the serpent, the devil himself, the master of deception. We see him again in synoptic gospels coming to Jesus with his bag of tricks. But many other times he comes disguised as a human, a friend, a thought and in many other subtle ways. Reminds me of a song we used to sing when we were young. “Zano rake Satani rinouya serakanaka. Tiza hero”. The devil doesn’t come overtly and say “ Hello Mbango, I am Satan and I have come to deceive you”. He is a skilled craftsman. He sugar coats it nicely. He packages it as the best thing since sliced bread.

One, when deceived, finds themselves arguing and defending an action that everybody around sees as obvious deception.  Sometimes people wonder if a person is really thinking.  All advice and counsel falls flat on deaf ears. The master deceiver will have done perfectly what he knows best. Jesus called him in John 8:44, “a liar and the father of all lies”. He gives you 101 reasons why your case is an exception.

 But, what is his mission when he comes? What is it that that makes him deceive? The bible provides the answer.  The first part of John 10:10 clarifies the progression and the ultimate intention. To steal, to kill and to DESTROY. He is after destroying the PURPOSE of God in your life. At best DON’T GIVE HIM A CHANCE. If you find out that you are already caught in the web of his lies repent quickly before you are “hardened by the deceitfulness of sin”.

 My admonition is for all to examine their lives critically. Examine your decisions objectively and prayerfully. There is grace and mercy available to all those who come to God in true humility and repentance. Join me in this journey of self discovery and reclaiming your purpose. We can live life to the fullest.  Run back into the arms of your loving father. Jesus truly loves you.

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