The Power of Deception
As I continued to read in Genesis, yesterday I noted the deceptive path of Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, and Jacob. Abraham lied to Abimelech that Sarah was his sister. Isaac did the same, saying that Rebekah was his sister. Then when Rebekah heard Isaac instructing their son Esau, she planned her deception as well.
Rebekah explained to Jacob what she wanted him to do. He said to her that if he deceived his father, he would bring a curse upon himself. Note this chilling verse. Genesis 27:13 says, “But his mother said to him, Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.”
When we plan our deceit we bring a curse upon ourselves. Joshua said the same thing to the Gibeonites in Joshua 9:22-23. The enemy of our soul is called the deceiver. Why would we practice his ways?
The Power of Truth
Truth leads us into righteousness. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”
Psalm 43:3 says, “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.”
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 14:6 says that Jesus is the truth and the way. Verse 17 says “The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
What a glorious truth! The Spirit of truth dwells within us to always lead us into truth. 1 John 2:21 says, “…no lie is of the truth.” God’s word is our source of Truth. When we hide His word in our heart, we are filling our heart with truth. His truth IN us will lead us away from the deceptive lures of temptations to sin.