“You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes, for their deceitfulness is useless” [Psalm 119.118 NASB]
One of the most powerful weapons our defeated enemy still has left is the power of deception.
It might only be one weapon, but it has caught so many believers in its trap. It has more complex strands and is far more enticing and powerful than a spider's web is to a fly.
The only people who can legitimately walk away from God's statutes are those who have previously known Him as their Lord.
The consequences of self-deception in any field are that, once we are entangled, we will continue to go further and further astray, until we either get delivered or remain where we are.
What is Satan's main tool of operation in spreading forth his spirit of deception? He is always on the lookout for someone, like Balaam [Num. 22-24; 31:8], who knew the Lord, but at the same time, was susceptible to the earthly benefits of the flesh.
Incidentally, people like this are a major source of stumbling, especially where new converts are concerned.
They desire to walk away from the lusts and the manifold pleasures of the flesh, which they had freely indulged in, but there they are, standing before them, claiming to follow Him as well as the things of the world. No wonder so many of them do not come forth to maturity.
However, the master of deception does not confine his attacks to the young in faith. This is why, like David in Psalm 51, we need honest men in our pulpits - someone who has been seriously deceived, trapped, and yet found a way out, and is now able to minister as a free man.
This spirit of deception has many deadly sins at the end of each of its numerous tentacles, and those who have tasted and are now alert to Satan's very persuasive infiltration of the Church, need to speak out and quickly at that, about the dangers that are all around us. [David McArdle]