The greatest victims of deceit are the people who think they are deceiving others.
When you are operating with a spirit of deception,
you are not true in your dealings with people.
When confronted with the truth, you deny any wrong doing and try to turn the situation or light on the other party as they have misunderstood you.
I'm sure many of you have been in this situation were people were posing to be apologetic about something that may have offended you, while at the same time trying to make you feel that you misjudged them or the situation, and trying to make you feel that you were wrong about your correct judgment and percetion of what they've done or said.
People of God we must be honest and we must be true. We must be true to ourselves before we can be true to others and be true to God.
When we think we are deceiving, fooling others or think that we are being underhanded or underminded about something, we are exposing our true heart and nature. And the spirit of deception doesn't allow you to realize this as you are disclosed and naked before the ones you are lying to or trying to deceive.
People are not as dumb as some or many of us suppose. And as I have experienced this many times, I may play around with the game in the sense that I don't let the deceiver know that I know what He/she is up to. That can be the wisdom in dealing with such persons at times. But then there will be times that you may just have to address that person and deal with the spirit of deception head on. Sometimes that is the only way that you can stop the enemy in his tracks.
However that may be Beloved, continue to walk in truth and lie not. Let your heart, your life and your words be pure.
Father-God in the name of Jesus, help us to have a clean heart, a pure heart and pure spirit. Cleanse, wash and purge us. Make us whiter than snow. Let your righteousness right us and cause us to live and do rightly with one another. Help us to realize that there is nothing hid from you and there is nothing that we can hide from others, that shall not be revealed, made known, naked or plain.
Help us to realize our accountability to one another and to you, that we may walk in love, holiness and righteousness before you and with our fellow men.
Help us to realize like never before, that these are the days that we will be judged by our actions, our words and how we deal with one another like never before. And help us to realize that your eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. In Jesus' name, amen.
Dr. Melody Barclay