The ability of the enemy to deceive is astonishing. He deceived Eve in the Garden. He deceived 1/3 of the angels…think of it…33 of every 100 angels! Many believe that we are nearing the end of the end times, and the Bible indicates that Satan will be so subtle and so sly and so desperate as the end nears that even the elect will be deceived – if that were possible. We may encounter false prophets, false Christs, false gospels, false testimony, false doctrines, false teaching, false witnesses, false humility, false reports, etc. – and many of these may appear to be true, or at least may incorporate some truth into them. Partial truth is not truth; it is false.
How do we keep from being numbered in that group of deceived? There are 4 things that come to my mind as being important:
- Intentionally do things to maintain close relationship with Christ … spend quality time in conversation with Him.
- Read and study His word, the Bible, because only by knowing the real truth and the full truth can we recognize the partial and false.
- Be aware of how Satan works and avoid anything that would open the door to him.
- Maintain an attitude of humility. When we think that we are too wise, too knowledgeable, too diligent, too committed, too dedicated, too discerning, or too anything else to fall or to be led astray – we will be led astray. We all are vulnerable to deception. To assume we cannot be deceived is, in itself, deception. Only in being aware of our human frailties and weaknesses can we be dependent enough on God to be kept strong in Him.
The spirit of deception is alive and well, but always remember that the power of God is stronger, and “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil 1:6).”