Paul makes it clear that ignorance does not remove the “fact” of whom we serve. Because we have no knowledge that we are obeying Satan’s deceptions, doesn’t change the fact that we are his servants. If in fact we are doing the things that please Satan and his kingdom, we are therefore his deceived and subdued servants. Our “Choice,” determines the person we love and serve. Obedience is the dividing line of whom we are serving. “If” we are saved, we will not read the bible to get information but we will read it to get instructions.

Consider the following verses :

Heb 5:9, “And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,” (NAU)

A very specific group will enjoy eternal salvation: “those who obey Him.” Grace is not the gift of God to learn about Him, but the power to obey Him. Grace and truth are inherently linked to Jesus. If you want more grace, you must walk in more truth and vise versa.

We have to be determined to make Jesus everything or we will fall into deception and ignore Him to a large extent. We pamper sin and the sinner. We don’t want to be offensive or too strict or restrictive…. that is deception par excellence.

John 8:51, “I tell you the truth (no deception), if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”)

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

Plain and simple, if we love someone, we will please them. When we mix a lot of theological twisting and fancy interpretation with the simple word, we are distorting and destroying the simple meaning that Jesus has presented. By permitting such actions we are deceived by the power of Satan to having us obey him.

John 15:10 “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”)

I Jn 2:3-4, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, (How?) if we keep His commandments. The one who says (the deceived person), ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar (he is deceived), and the truth is not in him.” (NAU)

Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”

Simply, why would we call someone our Lord and not make Him the Lord and obey Him? It is inconsistent, it is a paradox… it is deception!

Deception is the most powerful tool in Satan’s arsenal. Through it, Satan can make us feel we are ok, when in reality we are living a lie. Satan can divide the church, the family and our own walk with the Lord and cause us to believe we are pleasing or in good standing with the Lord.

As long as the Devil can hide in darkness and convince us to unknowingly follow him, he will be eternally grateful to us. Emotional problem, addictions, passive Christians and fighting Christians are bound by the powers of Satan through deception. Our pride, our wants and lusts are the veils that Satan hides behind to deceive us. He uses the power of the unseen to destroy us. When we are “getting into ourselves,” his power is planning the next step.

The opposite of deception is truth. That is why Jesus said that “the truth will make you free.” Truth will give us what is real and needed to be totally free. As we walk in obedience to truth, Jesus manifests and unveils Himself. When we walk in the truth (light), we don’t see our life, we see His. When we walk in Satan’s lie, we don’t see Satan, we see ourselves.

2 Cor 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

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