The Father of Deception

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:5-7

Most Christians know the devil is the father of lies. However, they fail to realize that lying is only part of his arsenal of deception. He also uses the truth and half-truth to deceive. That is precisely what he tried to do in today’s text. Everything he tells Jesus is true. He is, in fact, quoting the scriptures. But it is his interpretation of those truths that is deceptive.

Since his temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, the devil has relocated his deception enterprise and set shop inside the Lord’s Church. Every Sunday, he stands in many pulpits throughout Christendom to deceive the people of God with half-truths through false prophets. That is why it is paramount for believers to be prayed up and to study the word of God so they will know the whole truth of the gospel.

If the devil can tempt Jesus while our Savior was praying and fasting, he can deceive you and me as well. Notice if you will, the Devil tries to tempt Jesus in Jesus’ area of strength. After all, it is Jesus who wrote the word. In fact, Jesus is the word made flesh. So by attacking Jesus with the word, the devil was attacking Jesus in his area of strength.

Don’t assume that the devil is necessarily going to attack you where you are weak. Remember, he is the Father of deception. He may just tempt you in your area of strength by propping you up so you can become full of yourself and sin against God through pride and arrogance. In fact, the devil seldom attacks us where we are weak. He wants to weaken our strength.

If your strength is preaching and teaching, the devil will focus on those spiritual gifts so you can become full of your self. In Acts 12:22, King Herod gave such an eloquent speech that the audience shouted, "This is the voice of a god, not man." And because he did not do anything to correct their misunderstanding, an angel struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. If it is hospitality, the devil will send ungrateful people to take advantage of you so you can become resentful. Those who have the gift of administration can easily become arrogant and critical of people who are not as organized. He will use such scripture as 1 Corinthians 14:40 to make people with the gift of administration feel justified in their disdain for those who are not as organized.

Many godly men violate their marital vows because they thought they were too strong and too committed to their wives to be led astray by another woman. These affairs usually start out innocently. The co-worker or friend invited the man to coffee, or they exchange frequent emails or text, etc. The man does not see anything wrong with these innocent exchanges because he is too committed to his wife to have an affair. Unbeknown to him, it is his many years of faithfulness to his wife that the devil is going to use against him. The devil doesn’t have to worry too much about men who always cheat on their wives. It is those who are faithful that he is going after.

There are times when the devil tries to deceive us after we’ve prayed about something and waiting for God to answer that prayer. He will use such scriptures as: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)” to make us get ahead of God and operate outside of his divine purpose for our lives. At other times, he will bring to our memory Romans 8:37, to encourage us to take unnecessary risks and not walk in our anointing.

Christians have to be alert and wise in their spiritual struggle against the devil. He doesn’t always attack us as we expect. There are times when he comes at us like a wolf in sheep clothing. And at times, he uses the scriptures to deceive us. That is why it is critical for us to study the word of God daily so we can resist him with the whole truth of God, as Jesus did.

Prayer- Lord, grant us the wisdom this day to expose the enemy’s deception so we can live according to your perfect will.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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