When light manifests in the realm of man, there is love, grace and anointing. When darkness manifests itself, there is deception, perversion and lies. Deception comes with caring for what the self wants; when it pleases the flesh. Protection from deception comes through submission to God.
As believers, we are called to minister to one another, to bring comfort and edify one another. It is important to remember that we are just vessels. God is the one who gives the increase. Sometimes people we minister to may look at us like we are powerful and wise. We must resist any word that tells us we are great or mighty, anything that tickles our ears because it pleases our flesh. An anointed word will always point to the Lord. He is the one doing the work. We can do nothing for God without the Holy Spirit.
It is as we submit ourselves to God that we can resist the enemy and he flees. The very act of submitting to God is what resists the enemy. We submit by surrendering our will and our way to the Lord. We walk in the spirit, knowing and trusting that it’s all about Him, His will and His way. We yield ourselves to Him, and let Him be, from glory to glory.
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Our perception of what is said or done may not be accurate when it is filtered through past experiences. We take every thought captive by submitting it to the Lord before jumping to any conclusion. An assumption based on perception can lead to deception. As we submit ourselves to the Lord, we surrender our thoughts to Him and receive His truth by faith. Humility brings safety.
One of the keys to make sure we receive and walk in truth is this: do not take anything personally. Many times when people speak, they are expressing what they perceive regarding what pertains to them. Often, it is not to describe who the other person is or isn’t; it is more to explain who they are or are not. When in doubt, it’s important to ask the other person, “When you said this, this is what I heard; is that what you meant?” Usually, the answer of truth will remove a wrong perception and bring peace.
Taking thoughts captive refers not only to what we think, but also what others think. When we stop reasoning, give all things to the Lord and rest in Him, we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. As we are transformed into the image of Christ, we are able to quickly know the truth of God. We take the thoughts captive by replacing them with these truths. The moment the lies come, we declare the truth and walk in victory, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
When satan led Eve to disobey God, it wasn’t with a lie that was obvious. He often twists the truth by changing, adding or omitting one or two words. His conniving ways are to lead people onto a wrong path. The wrong path may appear to be appealing to the flesh, the eyes and the prideful ways of men. Knowing the truth truly sets us free and keeps us in God’s perfect will.
The temptations of the enemy can be attractive and seem to lead to wide avenues. The wide way actually narrows our future opportunities. Destruction can come from yielding to these temptations. The narrow way, on the other hand, broadens our possibilities. Eve explained to the serpent that death was the consequence of eating of the tree which is in the midst of the garden. God’s instruction was narrowing her possibilities as it was restricting her options. The serpent broadened her possibilities with the lie that she would be exactly like God, with no restriction and no consequences for going against God’s instructions.
God’s word is a lamp unto our feet; a light unto our path. Reading, studying, memorizing and meditating upon the Word deepens our knowledge of the truth so we will recognize a lie. Fellowshipping with our Lord, the Word of God, and desiring Him above all else keeps us from venturing away into dangerous territories. Following Christ leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, in love and grace, from glory to glory!
Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’