These next two areas of fallow ground work in tandem. Both are satan’s goal to keep us from growing in our faith and victoriously overcoming his FLAK tactics.
A person who is deceived doesn’t recognize they are trapped. We can liken it to a blind spot. Everyone else can see it but the one who has it.
It is useless to try to convince a deceived person with logic or human persuasion. The greatest tool is truth. When the bank trains a new teller, they give them real money. They want them to know what it looks like, feels like, and to be able to discern the true from the false.
As we intentionally read God’s word daily, it will reveal the deception we live in. Truth that we know experientially has the power to set us free. It would be pointless and futile to study lies. It is fruitful and life-changing to study truth as revealed in God’s word, then apply it to our lives. Truth hidden in our heart will be like a governor to keep us from falling for the lies of the enemy.
The above section talked about self-deception. Here is how it happens. Hebrews 3:12-13 says, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called, Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Another product of a hard heart results in spiritual blindness and deafness. A heart hardened through hidden sin does not discern.
Right after Jesus had fed about five thousand men with five loaves and two fish, He sent His disciples away. They encountered a wind. Jesus went to them and rebuked the wind and it ceased.
Mark 6:51 says, “…And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.” Verse 52 in the Amplified says, “For they failed to consider or understand (the teaching and meaning of the miracle of) the loaves; (in fact) their hearts had grown callous (had become dull and had lost the power of understanding).”
The One who multiplied the food, was the same One who rebuked the wind. Yet they could not connect the two miracles as His ability to provide for all their needs.
When we continually resist the power of the Holy Spirit, we become insensitive and unresponsive. Unbelief blocks our perception and makes our heart calloused. We miss what the Holy Spirit wanted to teach us.