The Deceiver’s Downfall

May 18, 2013

Who is the deceiver? It is the person who follows the ways of “the father of lies” (John 8:44), The Deceiver, Satan himself. It is the person who pretends to have someone else’s best interests at heart, but who actually harbors ill-will toward that individual. The deceptive person speaks cordially, uses smooth words and flattery, but his intention is to take advantage of the one whom he is pretending to help or get help from. Feigning friendship or partnership, the deceiver’s heart is set only on indulging and gratifying himself –whether it be in the area of money, sex, prestige, or power, or all of these plus more.

God warns, “You live in the midst of deception –among those who, unable to repent or acknowledge Me, have trained themselves to lie.” (See Jer. 9:5,6) “Their wickedness leaves Me no choice but to send them into the purifying fires of affliction.” (See v. 7) “Their tongues are deadly arrows. They speak deceit. With his mouth a person speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he sets an ambush for him.” (v. 8) “I will certainly punish them! declares the Lord. I will certainly avenge Myself on them!” (See v. 9) “For I hate a lying tongue!” (See Pr. 6:17)

What then is the destiny of “these rebellious, deceitful people –children unwilling to heed the Lord’s instructions”? (Isa. 30:9) God informs them: “Because you have trusted in, and depended on, your ability to oppress and trick others” (see v. 12), “so this sin will become your downfall. You will be like a high wall that bulges, cracks, and suddenly, in an instant, collapses, shattering mercilessly into fragments.” (See v. 13,14)

Over and over the Word of God warns deceivers. “Those who deal in treachery will be thwarted and humiliated.” (Ps. 25:3) Concerning those “who speak cordially to their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts” (28:3), verse 5 says that God “will permanently demolish them.” Ps. 55:23 says, “But You, O God, will bring the wicked down into the deep Pit. Violent and deceitful men will not live out half their days.” For unrepentant, and without fear of God (v. 19), the deceiver “attacks his friends; he violates his solemn promise to them. His speech is smooth as butter, but animosity is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are actually drawn swords.” (v. 20,21) Indeed, “Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.” (Pr. 26:23)

Pr. 26:24-26 continues: “A malicious man disguises his malice with his lips, but his heart is harboring deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations lie within him. Though his hatred may be concealed by deceit, his evil will be exposed in the assembly.” For he who sets a trap will fall into it himself. (v. 27 & 28:10) “How true it is that from deception comes only pain and ruin!” (See 26:28)

Unfortunately for the deceiver, the very people whom he thinks are easiest to deceive and steal from –those who are righteous and seek good for everyone, and those who are poor– are the very people God Himself protects and defends. (Ps. 37:14,15,17,39,40 // Jer. 15:21 & 50:34) For He watches everything, including how the deceiver repays evil to the one who extended to him only good. (Ps. 35:12 & 38:20) Therefore God says, “These things you have done and I kept silent. But now, I am about to tear you to pieces with none to rescue you.” (See Ps. 50:21,22 // Micah 2:1-3) “You will be a spectacle of My contempt.” (See Nahum 3:6)

Such is the allotted inheritance of those who refuse to repent of their deceit.

with love,

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