Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – (Romans 12:2)
This is a recent video series discussing what DECEPTION sounds and looks like. The primary thing to keep in mind is this- You will never know (by yourself) that you are deceived. Never. You can’t know that you’re deceived because… you are deceived. Deception has no back doors or side exits- if your business partner or marriage partner is cheating on you and you’re oblivious then you can never know it unless somebody tells you. In other words you can’t know what you don’t know, because you don’t know.
Deception by its very nature is like a black velvet bag over the head- it blocks out sound, sight, light, perception and sound thinking, leaving you totally clueless about reality. It might even be about something you think you know but- [see above] – you will not know what you know is wrong because you actually think it’s right. You can only think you’re right and that- by definition- is Deception.
When people are deceived they’re the last to know; that’s because deception is at its heart A SPIRITUAL PREMISE that blocks out truth altogether. You can’t be “partially deceived”, that isn’t a thing. Deception is the holistic ‘keeping away’ of truth from a person so that the facts, understanding, beliefs, paradigm (mindset) and choices they make are all rooted and based on A LIE. If a deceived person knew what was really true they’d see things differently and most likely make different choices, but because they are deceived all they have is a viewpoint built on a lie.
The only way to come out of deception is by HUMILITY. By being able to accept:
It is possible that I don’t know what is true. I feel I know what is true, but unless I accept that there may have been at some point a type of misleading or infiltration that has led me into darkness, I can never really know if what I believe is actually reality or only the version I have by reason of DECEPTION.
So bottom line is, it takes humility, it takes an open heart willing to take risks, to come out of deception. Risks of getting hurt if we find out the truth, risks of being embarrassed if it turns out we were wrong, r-i-s-k-s are expected when coming out of the dark but since risks are part of life that’s a small price to pay for the truth. When we become willing to accept that we may not know the reality of things then we will try to be mature enough, or at least open-minded enough, to forego our assumptions in order to hear and test new facts, investigate, and then see if the new information is in fact superior to the old beliefs, (which mean the old beliefs must be cast aside).
Sounds complicated but it isn’t really- all it takes is a humble, teachable heart and God will do the rest. God is able to give a man or woman a completely new brain in less than six months- filled with His truth instead of the misleading commentary that passes for conversation in today’s world.
God bless you as you read, watch and share the series- Shalom.