Deceiver is defined in Quicknotes Bible Dictionary as "one who misleads another. Deception is one of the evil tricks used by Satan".
Based on the above, how could there ever be a 'good deception'? The two words are in total contradiction of each other. Good is good ... deception is bad! However, the two can go hand in hand when the enemy uses something good to deceive us, which is a mighty tool of his. Remember that Satan is the great deceiver.
We have to keep in mind that Satan is very patient. I truly believe he starts laying the foundation for deception to be an element of our lives from the day we are born. Very craftily and slyly, with much patience and endurance, he plans and plots ways for us to be deceived early so it becomes a lifestyle. I can see this in my own life and in the lives of others I know well.
Growing up I was much loved, but coming from a dysfunctional family I was very much insecure about a lot of things. As a young girl, I questioned my worth in life ... I questioned my physical appearance ... I questioned if I could ever be truly loved in the way I was deceived into believing I needed to be loved. From the onset, Satan confused my mind about what love really was. He did so from the time I was born and for many years thereafter. He craftily used people of importance in my life to feed into my already mindset of deception. He continued to work his plan straight into my teenage and young adult years.
A prime example of my own deception would be my first marriage. I could write a book on the deceptions we lived within each other. One was the deceiver and the other was deceived. On the outside we were the happily ever after couple. You never saw one that you did not see the other. We shared many common interests. We laughed together. We cried together. We partied together. We were family when the occasion called for us to be, and we were the cool couple when life needed us to be. However, for many years there were issues which were prevalent to one of us. Deception became our protector. Something so hideous as lies became the very thing which fueled us and kept us together.
We could not accept truth or our perfect world would come crashing down around us. Another deception ... if we refuse to see what is in front of our eyes, then we can hold on to what we so desperately need. WRONG! Deception always catches up with us. The reality can be gentle ... disastrous ... or it can kill you! In our case, it was disastrous. The reality of it all crashed in on us, and the pain for both of us was beyond what we felt we could ever endure. Of course, we survived but the road to recovery was both long and treacherous at times.
Today I worry about another person I know who is being easily deceived. Satan is manipulating them with 'good' ... what they are receiving from the deception is good ... what they are surrounded with as a result of the deception is good ... what they are receiving while being deceived is good. Everything about this situation to them is good, so how in the world could it ever be bad? This is what I sense is their mindset. They do not hear advice of others ... they do not see the danger in it ... they are ignoring the warning signs, which are many.
This person's deception started very early in life. Satan laid the foundation for deception to grow, and it has continued to fester throughout this person's adult life. Most of their lives they have lacked in acceptance. As a result they have carried a great deal of insecurities in their life. All of this very cleverly manipulated from the onset of life, throughout each day, and right up until now. This person has become involved in something that finally gives them the acceptance and approval they have lacked all of their lives. AND, it seemingly comes from the one person they have desperately needed acceptance from. I am very much afraid for this person. I ask that you hold them up in prayer.
I could probably write a book on my own life and deception, mixed with all the stories of deception in the Bible, and all the ways Satan deceives us daily. The heartache is many and the destruction is rampant! Are you deceived today ... are you playing the part of the deceiver today ... are you in denial of the deceptions in your own life ... has Satan taken seemingly good things and used them to weave together a life of deception for you or someone you love?
I will not even attempt to explain how we use deception as a safety mechanism in our lives daily. We choose to continually live in denial than to face reality, because in doing so we can prevent the pain that coming out of denial causes us ... we can prevent havoc from wrecking lives ... we can achieve that 'feel good' sensation if we continue to live with denial. It seems ... as Satan would have it no other way ... as if it is much easier to live in denial than to come out of it. This is what he wants us to believe but it is so far from the truth. I am not saying that facing truth in our lives is not difficult or painful, because I can tell you firsthand that it is. I can, however, share with you that the pain is only temporary. I can faithfully say that God will bring you through. I can shout from the rooftop how much better life is once you remove the rose-colored glasses and start seeing with eyes of truth.
Ponder on the below Bible verses ... recognize through the biblical stories below how easy it is to be deceived ... pray for God to give you eyes of discernment to sift through the deceptions you may have in your own life ... pray for God to show you who is deceiving you. Of course, I firmly believe that once you recognize how you are being deceived, you will automatically know who is the one deceiving you. Just remember that Satan is the father of lies. He is the one causing the deception. The ones you recognize as being the deceivers in your life have been just as deceived by Satan as you have been by them. Earnestly pray for them, but no longer allow them to exploit you with lies and false promises.
Satan's Reasoning: Genesis 3:1-5 (NCV): Now the snake was the most clever of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day the snake said to the woman, "Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?" The woman answered the snake, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it, or you will die.'" (Note: Do you see the good used here to deceive? The Bible says the fruit was good. I am sure it looked delectable, but this eye candy would only cause havoc. She allowed the desire of her flesh ... imagining how good this fruit would taste ... to deceive her. "Eye candy" can come in all forms and causes our fleshly appetites to salivate!)
Hurt by Deception: Proverbs 26:28 (NCV): Liars hate the people they hurt (deceive), and false praise (lies by deceiver) can ruin others. (Note: the parenthesis were added by me. I also think that people unintentionally deceive others though they care about them because of the deception in their own lives. Evil feeds off of evil.)
Deliberate Deception: Isaiah 5:20 (NCV): How terrible it will be for people who call good things bad and bad things good, who think darkness is light and light is darkness, who think sour is sweet and sweet is sour. (Note: God makes a way for all of us to recognize deception in our lives. Denying it can be costly.)
Self Deception: Jeremiah 37:9 (NCV): "This is what the Lord says: People of Jerusalem, do not fool yourselves. Don't say, 'The Babylonian army will surely leave us alone.' They will not!" (Note: This has to be the most harmful and dangerous deception of all ... self deception. When we deceive ourselves, then we open the door for others and situations to deceive us. This is exactly what I fear for this person I mentioned earlier. Again, I strongly desire you pray for this individual.)
There are many more examples of deception in the Bible. It is a deadly exploit used of Satan. Again, what are the deceptions in your life ... who do you allow to deceive you ... or, worse, are you deceiving yourself?
Galatians 5:1-3 refers to deception ... a different type of deception. Basically it says we should not submit our souls to legalist rules regardless of how right arguments in their favor may seem! It is these type of rules which Satan is embedding in the mind of my friend. The enemy has taken what appears to be a good atmosphere to entice my friend to come, and during the 'come' time, Satan is filling their mind with legalistic ideas.
Let today be a new day for you ... one in which you begin to clean house and rid yourself of self-deceptions ... of things or people that deceive you ... of situations causing you to be deceived. I am praying for you, and I ask that you pray for my friend! God Bless!