Genesis 3 gives the account of Adam and Eve, the fruit and the slick serpent. God provided plenty for His son and daughter to eat and left only one thing that they should definitely not touch. How in the world was Eve so deceived? The serpent was a smooth and convincing talker. The trap he was hiding was so lavishly baited with mouthwatering words that she didn’t see the hidden danger, the hook. There was and is death behind his words of deception.
DECEIVE: TO CAUSE SOMEONE TO BELIEVE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT TRUE, TYPICALLY IN ORDER TO GAIN SOME PERSONAL ADVANTAGE. THOROUGHLY TAKEN IN, ENSLAVED BY.
SYNONYMS: SWINDLE; DEFRAUD; CHEAT; TRICK; HOODWINK; HOAX; DUPE
Many are being deceived because there is a spirit of pride that has taken residence, and instead of submitting in humility of spirit to what the Word of God says, the attitude of arrogance rises. Has the devil detected something in you that causes him to think he can bait you and win? Do you have anything in common with him? Behind every word the enemy speaks is a hook to trap us. Every time he opens his mouth he’s lying. He is the father of lies. Deceptive words are supposed to sound like the truth, that’s why it’s called deception.
Romans 16:17-18 “I urge you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naïve people.”
Be discerning. Watch for those who are babes in Christ and teach them how to recognize the enemy’s tactics to trip them up with flattery and praise.
CALLING ALL WATCHMEN: BE VIGILANT. SOME OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE ABOUT TO BE CAUGHT BY THE HIDDEN HOOK.
SEND OUT THE WARNING AGAIN!