Choosing Deceit: The Path of Pain
And ever Wormtongue’s whispering was in your ears, poisoning your thought, chilling your heart, weakening your limbs, while others watched and could do nothing, for your will was in his keeping.”
~Gandalf to King Theoden, The Two Towers, Book 3 Chapter 6~
Wormtongue might not seem like much of a threat, but to the kingdom of Rohan he became a slow acting poison of the worst kind. The devil works in the same way inside our hearts. He perverts t he truth. He breaks us down and weakens our spirit with the intention of destroying our faith.
In the world of Tolkien, Wormtongue used this same cruel tactic to take over Rohan. Manipulating the truth, Wormtongue helped bend the mind of King Theoden so those whom he loved and trusted most he could no longer recognize.
What is one of the hardest things for us to do in our walk of faith? Summed up in two words… Personal Sacrifice.
As believers we can expect some hardship. Likewise we also need to acknowledge that we make mistakes. When we do, we are called to repent and seek forgiveness.
Romans 5:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Ephesians 4:2-7 King James Version (KJV)
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
2 Chronicles 7:14 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
1 John 1:9 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Satan knows us. He knows what makes us tick. The Great Deceiver is aware of our darkest secrets as well as desires. He knows our greatest fears. Those same things are also the very means by which the Devil seeks to destroy our relationship with Christ.
What exactly are Satan’s tactics?
- He plays on our fears – Our fear of the consequences become powerful enough for us to excuse or avoid facing our mistakes.
- He urges us toward self preservation – The tiny whispers of fear and doubt we hear that drive us to avoid admission or even cover up a wrongdoing are not of God.
2 Timothy 1:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power,love and self-discipline.
God did NOT give us the spirit of fear.
The truth is never so harmful as the consequences of deceit.
What The Bible Says
Isaiah 59:12-15 New International Version (NIV)
12 For our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:
13 rebellion and treachery against the Lord,
turning our backs on our God,
inciting revolt and oppression,
uttering lies our hearts have conceived.
14 So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance;
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.