Just recently, I foolishly believed a pack of lies. Oh, I can’t tell you how hurt and disappointed I was, aware that I had deceived myself. I knew my motives were not pure and that I had drowned out the voice of truth, but God in his mercy spoke life to me through a bee and some lavender.
In my laundry room one morning, I saw a dead bee in a spider’s web next to my fake lavender plant. I felt the Holy Spirit alerting me to take notice that the bee had been enticed inside and deceived into believing the plant was real!
See how deception works? We can be lured away from the right path by what looks like lavender, may smell like lavender, but isn’t lavender. Getting too close in the first place led to the demise of the deluded bumble bee.
It’s that simple. Deception is that simple friends. A momentary lapse in wisdom, listening to the Devil’s lies and skating on the thin ice of the pond once too often, can place us in dangerous situations, tangled up in a web of deception.
Samson, who’s story we read about in Judges 13-16 was enticed and deceived. As a consecrated Nazirite with a call on his life; he was not to shave his hair, drink wine or touch a dead body. In Judges 14:5 we learn he is near a VINEYARD seeking a wife, when he is set upon by a Lion (he kills it with his bare hands). We read further along in this same chapter that he is in the same area preparing to marry this woman. He notices bees swarming inside the carcass of the DEAD LION; then he scoops honey from it. Enter Delilah who he fell in love with in Judges 16. She enticed him to share the secret of his strength – his hair – which lead to the SHAVING OF HIS HEAD and the loss of his strength. Samson had a weakness for women, he flirted with sin and was more than once where he shouldn’t be. Like the bumble bee in my laundry, it ultimately led to his demise.
The Devil doesn’t sit around idly; he reviews our weaknesses, looks for the holes in our character and is busy making deception appear as attractive and appealing as possible. He tries to convince us that our broken areas are who we are and will always be. He uses any means possible - our personal relationships, our friendships, our ministry – everything in order to deceive us with his lies. God's heart is to lovingly lead us in to freedom with the Truth.
Lisa Bevere said:
“There were many times when truth spoke to me, but I did not listen. Often it called to me, but I did not hear it. I was too busy listening to lies. Unfortunately, if you listen to lies long enough, when truth speaks you cannot hear or bear it.”
Hands up to this. I have listened to lies and deceived myself, as we can all do. I can honestly say the struggle has been tougher as I’ve drawn closer to God and his call on my life. My heart’s selfish motives have at times shouted louder than wisdom and obedience.
After beating myself up a fair bit and feeling like a prize idiot, God revealed to me that he is training me through this school of hard knocks. He is teaching me to recognise exactly who my enemy is and what his strategies are through experience. Why? So that I will know the truth and who my God is. Secondly so that I will rise up and fight, wielding my sword (the Word of Truth) exposing the lies and planned deceptions of the enemy. Not just for myself, but for others,
The enemy is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour, remember? What lies has he been inviting you to entertain? If he can make you doubt your identity in God and your call, he will do just that.
That poor bee had doubtless been buzzing happily from flower to flower without a care in the world, confident in his natural ability to track down pollen. Yet he was lured inside by a fake plant, deceived by what was not real.
That is what the enemy wants for you. He wants to take you off course and out of the game, tempting you with what looks attractive, but isn’t real. Beat yourself up no longer, but be alert to the enemy’s plans and don't be like Samson, overly confident in your natural strengths and abilities. Lean in, be honest, desire Truth, read the Word and listen to the Holy Spirit in order to recognise the lies and deception. Don’t be robbed of your identity in Christ.
God has a purpose and a plan for your life – and it’s not just for your life, He will use you in the lives of others! Allow His truth to be the loudest voice in your life.
One of my favourite pass-times as a kid was writing. I used to make my own books and write poetry on our old type-writer. Thankfully both my writing and technology have come a long way!
It is my prayer that these posts from both myself and guest contributors encourage you to embrace the season that you are in and to live it with purpose for God's glory.
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