How easy it is to get deceived

The age of 27 is a turning point for some; it brings with it a certain amount of sobering awareness.  Many people turn their life around at age 27; this happened to actor/comedian Russell Brand.  (He discusses his recovery from opiod addition with Dr. Jordan Peterson in an interview found here: https://youtu.be/r2S58rH0PAw )

It seems that the age of 27 is often the period when a person chooses to live or die.  Think of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse, just to name a few, who all died by OD’ing at the age of 27.

I am 27 years old today.  Today is my spiritual birthday; I received life 27 years ago during an “altar call” at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale. Not everyone knows the day and the hour that they got saved, but I can say with 100% certainty that I choose life on 9/1/91. 😊

So now that I am at that critical age of 27, I want to continue to choose life.  I want to turn away from foolishness; I want to live a prudent life.

O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom. Proverbs 8:5

But, some might say, “Lisa, you’re a Christian, you’re a child of God; therefore, you’re not a fool; you’re not naive.”

Wrong.

I spent 15 years being deceived by Churchianity. I spent those years being double-minded and “schizophrenic,” in a spiritual sense.  I mixed the Old Covenant with the New Covenant and lived a life of confusion and, not only that, spent 10 of those years teaching my children falsehood!  Now that is a serious matter!  I am seeing the repercussions of this now more than ever, and talking openly to my kids about it. For example, on a long hike recently, my 21-year-old daughter kindly explained how the false teaching of Christian patriarchy negatively impacted her emotional state as a young girl.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Eve lately, and have been feeling a lot of empathy for her.  She was certainly a child of God, yet she acted foolishly.  Naively.

Adam and Eve were born with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them, and yet they became deceived by Satan; they believed falsehood.  And yet they knew the Lord personally!  They had heard the truth spoken directly from the Lord Himself.

“But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  Genesis 2:17

Of course, it is recorded that Eve was the one who was deceived, while Adam sinned deliberately, with his eyes wide open.  And though it was extremely tragic, to say the least, that Eve was deceived . . . I can understand how that could happen.  Satan’s speech was so persuasive!  Everything he said seemed so logical.  She truly thought she was doing the right thing.

Sure, let’s go ahead and grow in wisdom and have our eyes be opened!  Thumbs up, man!

Though God does sometimes rescue us from our own messes, our own personally created disasters . . . sometimes He doesn’t.  In this case, He didn’t come to the rescue.  He didn’t swoop down and stop Eve from eating that piece of fruit.  He didn’t stop Adam from doing so either.  He allowed them to totally and completely reject Him.

As a woman, I have nothing but empathy for Eve.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13

Now that I’m 27 years old in the Lord, I want to turn a corner; I want to choose life; I want to press forward into maturity.  I want to live in such a way that I don’t expect God to rescue me from the messes I make; from the personal disasters that I create.  I want to grow up and be a mature adult; someone who doesn’t get deceived.

How does this happen?  How can we grow up and become wise, discreet, prudent adults in the Lord?  We trust in Him.  We rely completely on Him.  We rest in His finished work.   We let Him be who He is:  the God who will be who He will be.  And He is so different from us.  He is a mighty and fierce warrior who does not waver when it comes to the truth.  He is the truth.

Let us turn to Him.

5 thoughts on “How easy it is to get deceived

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  2. cleanmo2016

    I totally support your desire to grow in Christ.  So let me help you avoid two misconceptions.

    Adam/Eve did not have Christ living in them.  That “gift” is only for His Church, after He rose again.  They actually had the benefit of walking along side God every day.  Created with Creator.  Today, our relationship is that of a Marriage.  Bride and Bridegroom.  And where Adam/Eve’s was not a commitment, ours IS.  Our relationship is unbreakable.  Forever.

    As well, ALL sin is deceit.  Willingly or by another’s trickery, both are equally the result of a lie.  And the ONLY prescription for a lie is His TRUTH.

    Hope that helps.

    Paul

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    1. momforfreedom

      Hey Paul, I really appreciate that you took the time to read my blog. Adam and Eve did have the Spirit of God living inside of them, and I will defer to my pastor, Aaron Budjen, who is an expert in the Hebrew language. He was studying to be a rabbi when he became a believer in Jesus Christ, and during those years in the synagogue, he became a teacher of Hebrew grammar to rabbis across the USA. I am quoting him here from a message he delivered at his church in Denver on November 16, 2008; I transcribed this from a CD titled “Colossians 1:18-22.”

      “When God created Adam and Eve, He created them in His image, but He created them to be spiritually alive. He breathed within them the breath of life, and they became a living being. The construction for those words “the breath of life” is the Nishmat chaim*; which is a specific construction for the very Holy Spirit of God.

      When you keep reading there is a similar passage that talks about the breath of life that was breathed within animals, but it is a different construction, it’s just ever so subtle, but it’s different enough to be able to distinguish between the pneumatic life, from a Greek point of view – that which gives a person the ability to walk and talk and breath – from the spiritual life which is the very life of the indwelling Creator. When He gave the commandment that in the day that you eat from the wrong tree you will die, He was referring to the life that He had breathed within them that they would lose.

      Now, if you don’t understand this, you might as well just pack up and go. It’s just over. It really is. You may believe that there is a God somewhere out there. Fine. You may have a new way of living. That’s ok. But in terms of knowing your God, if you don’t understand the nature of the problem, then when the solution is presented it is not going to have any meaning at all. And in terms of growth, and your life in Christ, it’s not going to mean anything because you’re still going to be dead. Okay?”

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  3. momforfreedom

    For anyone interested, here is the entire section I transcribed from Aaron’s message to By Grace Fellowship on November 16, 2008; taken from an audio recording titled “Colossians 1:18-22; by Aaron Budjen, Published by Restoration Bible Fellowship.”

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    Colossians 1:18, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

    The Lord Jesus is the firstborn from the dead. The people in this world are the dead. All right? He is the firstborn from among the dead.

    When a person is born into this world they are born spiritually dead; that’s the important thing to understand. When a person is born in the flesh – they are born of their mother and out of their mother’s womb – they are born dead; they are not born alive.

    When you look at them you think, “Gosh, there seems to be a lot of life in them. They’re crying; they need their diapers changed; they need a bottle, stuff like that,” and you think, “Well, gosh, they seem to be perfectly alive to me?” And in that sense, they certainly are; they are very much physically alive, but they are spiritually dead. And what that means is that they do not have life.

    A basic definition of death is the absence of life. When somebody dies you don’t check to see if you have the presence of death, you check to see if you have the absence of life. If there is no indication that a person is alive, then they’re dead, and you pronounce them to be so.

    So likewise when we are born into this world we are born without life, and the life that we do not have is the very life of our God. We do not have Him indwelling within us; His Spirit indwelling within us which is the very life of God. In other words, we were created for the sole purpose of having the presence of our Creator indwelling within us, and that was expressed as having the life of God indwelling within you. That’s how we were created.

    When God created Adam and Eve, He created them in His image, but He created them to be spiritually alive. He breathed within them the breath of life, and they became a living being. The construction for those words “the breath of life” is the Nishmat chaim*; which is a specific construction for the very Holy Spirit of God.

    When you keep reading there is a similar passage that talks about the breath of life that was breathed within animals, but it is a different construction, it’s just ever so subtle, but it’s different enough to be able to distinguish between the pneumatic life, from a Greek point of view – that which gives a person the ability to walk and talk and breath – from the spiritual life which is the very life of the indwelling Creator. When He gave the commandment that in the day that you eat from the wrong tree you will die, He was referring to the life that He had breathed within them that they would lose.

    Now, if you don’t understand this, you might as well just pack up and go. It’s just over. It really is. You may believe that there is a God somewhere out there. Fine. You may have a new way of living. That’s ok. But in terms of knowing your God, if you don’t understand the nature of the problem, then when the solution is presented it is not going to have any meaning at all. And in terms of growth, and your life in Christ, it’s not going to mean anything because you’re still going to be dead. Okay?

    So understand that the original creation was such that God had breathed within Adam and Eve the breath of life, which was His very Spirit within them. And then in accordance with the law of sin and death, when they violated the law and ate from the wrong tree, that life was withdrawn from within them and they became spiritually dead. They were once spiritually alive, and then they became spiritually dead. And all of those who had been born in Adam and Eve subsequently from that point were born spiritually dead in the image of Adam, not in the image of God. That’s the bad news.

    And it’s important to understand the bad news. It’s like mathematics, if you don’t understand that the question is 2+2 it’s not going to make much of a difference if you hear the word “four.” I can go walking around saying “Four! Four!” People are wondering, “What does that mean? I don’t know that it’s the answer to 2+2.” Well, it’s the same thing when we go around saying, “Jesus is the answer! Jesus is the answer!” And people are wondering, “What’s the question? The answer to what?” And we say, “To everything!” Well, that doesn’t mean anything. These things have to be clearly defined, otherwise there’s going to be this gap that kind of exists, and people are just kind of floating around wondering what’s missing.

    What is generally missing is just the fundamentals of the gospel. Just to understand that we are born into this world spiritually dead. The Lord Jesus forgave all of our sins, so that there is no sin being held against us. That deals with the issue that caused death to begin with; it was sin that caused death: the wages of sin is death. He dealt with that. But that doesn’t solve the problem. I mean, that was an important problem, but the real problem was that we were spiritually dead. We did not have His life indwelling within us. So He rose from the dead so that He could offer to us the life that had been lost in Adam. And that is the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of God is now being offered as a free gift, defined as “the life of God,” the free gift of life. See how these things are being put together?

    * Note: I asked Aaron for the correct spelling of “the breath of life” from Genesis 2:7; I had come up with Nĕshamah chay (from blueletterbible.com). Aaron replied, “The best transliteration I can think of is, nishmat chaim. What you found is a transliteration of the root words, not the derivations that you would read in the text.” (10/29/15)

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  4. Suzette

    Happy 27th birthday and thank you so much for sharing this . such encouragement as i read this . and thank for sharing aarons message 😀 keep sharing my friend

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