Disinformation may be the most powerful form of deception.
By Laura Kestly
Cacophony of voices
dictating one’s choices
Itching ears fall for gurus
indulge selfish egos
Lies spun and believed
bought and sold
God’s voice reigns supremely
spoke the world into being
It is powerful,
pure, tried and true
Hearing ears bring forth true faith
believing what God says
discerning the truth
and His will.
BEHIND ALL THE VOICES TODAY ARE JUST 2 SOURCES.
One is good. One is evil. One brings forth life. One brings forth death. To be able to discern between the two one must know the character and attributes behind the voices— for they speak out of what they are.
The voice that tempts the flesh is not from God (James 1:13-15, 1 Jn. 2:16). Contrarily, God provides a way for one to escape temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). God provided a way for Adam and Eve as well. It’s not only important to hear God’s voice, but to also obey it. God told the first couple that they could freely eat of any tree in the garden except of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did they would surely die (Gen. 2:17).
Sadly they were ensnared in Satan’s web of deceit and ate of what God warned them not to. Their disobedience to His Word brought sin and death into the world (Rom. 5:12, 6:23). Here’s how Eve was beguiled (Gen. 3:13, 2 Cor. 11:3, 1 Tim. 2:14):
1) The first lie (Genesis 3:1) involved QUESTIONING God’s Word, “Did God actually say…”
2) The second lie (Genesis 3:4) was in CONTRADICTING God’s Word (Gen. 2:17), “You will not surely die”.
This lie has become the foundation of Spiritism and man’s traditional belief regarding death.
3) The third lie (Genesis 3:5) was in DELUDING Eve to believe, “…you will be like God”.
This claim led to Satan’s own downfall (Isaiah 14:12-15).
Now contrast this with Jesus Christ’s responses to the devil’s temptations in the wilderness.
To each temptation, Jesus used God’s WRITTEN WORD of truth to counteract Satan’s lies (Matt. 4:1-11):
“It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Deut. 8:3);
“It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” (Deut. 6:16);
“…For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” (Deut. 6:13).
Is it any wonder then that the good Word of God is under such attack by the evil one in the world today?
The Bible is like no other book. No other book can make the great claim of its divine nature, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (literally God-breathed) (2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
The same voice Who spoke the world into being and upholds all things by the word of His power would condescend to communicate with humankind at all is quite amazing (Ps. 33:6,9, Gen. 1, Heb. 1:1-3, 11:3, Jer. 10:12). Unlike man’s predictions, the prophecies of Scripture have never been wrong. Not one has failed and never will. Even archaeologic discoveries demonstrate that fact (not fantasy) supports the Old Testament narratives.
Since the Truth of God is spiritually discerned, in order to hear God’s voice, it must be approached with humility, reverence and a believing faith. (Rom. 10:17, Heb. 11:6, 1 Cor. 2:13-14). God’s Word is a living weapon sharper than any two-edged sword. It’s for the mature believer whose powers of discernment have been trained by constant practice, enabling them to distinguish good (the Spirit) from evil (the flesh) (Eph. 6:17, Heb. 4:12, 5:14, John 3:6).
The definition of deceit is concealment, or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading.
Satan continues to use the same tactics of taking God’s Word and twisting it just so, by omitting words or adding them to pervert God’s truth and His original intent. We must know God’s Word for ourselves and not just receive it second hand (Acts 17:11). It must be rightly divided and not taken out of context. One must not read into it what’s not there (2 Tim. 2:15, Rom. 15:4).
One can only stand against the lies and wiles of the enemy in God’s strength and armor (Eph. 6:10-11). “For although 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” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
Be careful what your ears take in today. Discern the source behind what you hear.
Does what I hear line up with God’s truth, attributes, and ways that are brought in love and promote the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)? Or
Does what I hear come from the enemy that entices the lusts of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) ultimately bringing fear, confusion, and despair?
Do not be deceived with misinformation. Be ready to counteract it with, “But God says…”