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Defense Against Deceit

by Dr David Jeremiah

"But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." - 2 Corinthians 11:3

Recommended Reading Genesis 3:1-7

When a Wall Street investment manager defrauded investors out of billions of dollars, the guilty financier himself described it as "one big lie." He caused his investors to believe something that was not true.

That's a good way to describe the devil's primary strategy against the children of God: tempting them, influencing them to believe something that is not true. While Satan will attack truth wherever it is found--anything to promote discord and confusion on earth--it is the truth of God's Word that Satan most wants to negate. The first time we see him on earth, he is in the Garden of Eden convincing Eve that she will not die if she disobeys God's explicit instruction. Satan deceived Eve causing her to believe what was not true. And Eve died spiritually on the spot and physically in due course.

The best way for a Christian to defend against Satan's deceit is with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17b). Confidently correcting Satan's lies with God's own words will cause the devil to flee (Matthew 4:11; James 4:7).

"No wickedness on earth is more common than the various forms of deceit." - William S. Plumer

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