Overcome Deception

People no longer speak the truth. They hide it under their tongues and utter deceits. They pretend and there’s no truth found in them. I have had my share of being deceived and it really hurts. When deception sneaked up on me I was unguarded. It came from where I least expected it and from one of my closest friends. It came in my most vulnerable moment and ensared me with subtle solution to my problems. Little did I know that its subtle counsel was going to be my ruin.

It happened when Jesus was hungry too. He had been fasting for forty days and forty nights and he was hungry when the devil sneaked up on him suggesting the only seemingly solution at the time; “turn these stones to bread” he urged Jesus. But Jesus recognised the devil’s trick to deceive and he was able to overcome the lust of the flesh. Had he succumbed to the devil’s tactics he would have fallen for that solution and that would have ended his ministry (Matthew 4:3).

Be wary of deception, it always comes promising enlightenment. It happened to Eve.  She was minding her own business when the serpent crawled up to her and struck a sensible conversation with her in the garden of Eden; “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5). Deception plays on your vulnerability and feeds on your fears too. Think about what it did to Ananias and Saphira. It was their land they sold and their money to keep but the devil played a trick on their minds and they tried to deceive the man of God. The end thereof was death (Acts 5:1-11).

Deception always captures the mind of its victims. It is the way the world function. Be on alert. Guard the walls of your heart against deception; either to deceive others or from being deceived by others. It is not God’s ways. His ways are perfect, straightforward and transparent. When a man conceal a relationship, that woman might have fallen prey to the spirit of deception. When your stomach is full after eating a platefull of food yet you can’t resist another plate, you might have fallen prey to deception. When you have important things to do but you find yourself glued to the TV, you are being deceived.

Deception always plays a trick on people. When it seems like you have been captured by the spirit of deception, when you are feeling deceived or when the devil is playing a trick on your mind in trying to convince you to lie with intent to deceive somebody else, make a dash for the sword of the spirit and speak out loud the following declarations for your victory.

Make a bold declaration of faith with me today

1) I demolish arguments and pretension that sets itself against the knowledge of God, and I take captive every thought and I make them obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

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2) I declare that the spirit of him who raised Christ from dead is alive and he lives in me giving me the discerning of spirit and revealing the truth to me in all situation.

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3) Henceforth I walk in the integrity of heart, my path is secured and I attract integrity in return.

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4) I am no longer conformed to the ways of this world, but my mind is renewed daily through the word of God for the discernment of God’s will and a total transformation of my life according to his purpose for me.

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5) God will arise on my behalf and save me from the spirit of deception. When deceitful spirit come against me in one way, God will raise up a standard against it so that I do not fall prey to its captivity.

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6) I declare that I am enabled as a child of God to act justly and to stay on the path of righteousness. I speak the truth and I stand by the truth. I stay far away from deception, corruption and lying tongues. Hence God delights in me and he rewards my obedience to his word.

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7) I no longer sow into the flesh where lies, deceit or corruption leads to destruction, but henceforth I sow consciously into the spirit speaking the truth at all times and it sets me free.

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8) I speak the truth in love and I grow in all aspects of Christ who is the head over me.

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9) I walk by the spirit and the desires of the flesh I will not fulfill. I am no longer under the law but under grace therefore I submit to the spirit of God, He leads and guides me in all I do. I walk by the spirit and he leads me into all truth.

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10) I am a child of God and I do the will of God. I worship God in spirit and in truth. I do unto others as I want them to do to me. I stay away from malice, bitterness, anger, slander, strife, envy, jealousy as God gives me grace and strength and I no longer fulfill the desires of the flesh.

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11) I declare that I am not afraid to speak the truth at any time but the Lord God empowers me to speak the truth to nations in boldness and as I speak the truth in love to others so is truth multiplied to me in manifold. Deception is exposed and the truth prevails in my life at all times. I will not deal with others in lying tongues or in deceit but henceforth I live and rejoice in the truth and it sets me free. No matter how bitter the truth is I embrace it into my bossom, it edifies me and keeps me aligned to God’s will for my life. Whenever I speak the truth, it builds me up and honors me. It does not destroy me, not does it ruin my reputation, my image or my name. It does not put me down but instead it makes me a better person and elevates me to a position of honor. Henceforth, I walk in the understanding of heart with the truth on my tongue and peace dwells in my gate.

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12) Henceforth my mouth will utter the truth and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. I speak the truth to my family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances and my lips speak knowledge sincerely.

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SCRIPTURES

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ( 2 Corinthians 10:5).

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out (Proverbs 10:9 ESV)

The LORD will grant the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven (Deuteronomy 28:7 NIV)

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8 ESV).

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight (Proverbs 12:22 ESV).

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22 ESV).

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, … (Galatians 5:16-26 ESV)

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 ESV).

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them (Proverbs 11:3 ESV).

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them (Luke 6:31 ESV).

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV).

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (Colossians 3:9 ESV)

‘These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates (Ephesians 4:25).

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another (Proverbs 12:17)

“For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips (2 Corinthians 2:17)

“My words are from the uprightness of my heart, And my lips speak knowledge sincerely.

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