As we seek the Lord, He instructs us to rely on Him and not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). He breaks the chains of deception, denial and delusion that often hold us back and prevent us from experiencing His fullness (Isaiah 58:6).
Deception, Denial and Delusion
Oftentimes, we can recognize when we’re confused, but when we’re in deception, denial and delusion, it becomes harder to pinpoint the cause. We may feel something is “off,” but we can’t quite put our finger on it. Deception, denial and delusion can cloud our understanding and obscure the truth (2 Timothy 3:13).
In Ephesians 4:14, Paul writes that we must no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Deception can take many forms, and it’s important that we discern the truth and not be swayed by false teachings (1 John 4:1).
Denial can also keep us from facing the truth and dealing with issues in our lives. We may try to brush things under the rug or pretend they’re not there, but the Lord calls us to confess our sins and turn away from them (1 John 1:9). He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Delusion can be a particularly insidious form of deception, as it’s often hard to detect. It’s when we believe something to be true even though it’s not based in reality. The Bible warns us about the dangers of delusion, as it can lead us astray (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
Breaking the Chains of Deception, Denial and Delusion
That’s why it’s crucial that we turn to the Lord and ask Him to reveal what He has kept secret from us (Psalm 25:14). The Bible promises that He will show us things we have not seen or sensed (Isaiah 42:9). As we trust in Him, the anointing breaks the yoke and frees us from confusion (Isaiah 10:27). Deception, denial and delusion can bind us and keep us in darkness, but through Jesus, we can break free (Isaiah 9:2).
In Colossians 1:13, Paul writes that God has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. This rescue is possible because of Jesus’ death on the cross, through which He reconciled us to Himself (Colossians 1:20-22). When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are no longer slaves to sin and deception, but children of God (John 1:12).
Clarity and Freedom
If you feel like something is “off” or that you’re battling hidden enemies, know that the Lord is breaking the chains of deception, denial and delusion in your life. He wants to bring hidden things to light and give you clarity (Ephesians 5:13). So let’s trust in Him and pray for the chains of deception, denial and delusion to break and for the darkness covering our lives to be replaced by His light (1 John 1:5).
We can also take proactive steps to guard against deception and delusion. The Bible advises us to be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). This means studying the Bible and seeking out sound teaching, rather than following false teachers or allowing ourselves to be swayed by emotions or personal biases.
Another way to guard against deception is to test everything against the Word of God (1 Thessalonians 5:21). If something doesn’t align with the Bible, it’s likely not from the Lord. We can also ask for the Lord’s discernment and wisdom (James 1:5). He is faithful to give it to us generously when we ask in faith.
Through the power of Jesus, we can break free from the chains of deception, denial and delusion that hold us back. As we seek the Lord and trust in His guidance, He will reveal what He has kept secret from us and give us clarity. Let’s pray for the anointing to break the yoke of deception, denial and delusion and bring us into freedom.
Let’s also be proactive in our efforts to guard against deception and delusion. This includes studying the Bible and seeking out sound teaching, testing everything against the Word of God, and asking for the Lord’s discernment and wisdom.
As we follow these steps and trust in the Lord, we can experience the freedom and clarity He offers. We can break free from the chains that have held us back and walk in His truth and light.