It will never come with horns

Nor with a red cape too,

But rather as everything we’ve ever desired

That appears wholesome, good and true.

But when we eventually acquire

We realise it doesn’t fulfil,

Since the only true satisfaction

Is found in God’s plan and in His will.

Deception is a web

It’s a trap to entice our soul,

To make us believe we’ll be content

If we acquire that thing or goal.

Deception will hide the pitchfork

Because it comes as an angel of light,

To tempt and to bring delusions

But to appear with delight.

It’s through deception that people perish

When they believe their way is right,

And too arrogant to take correction

Or too nonchalant to fight the fight.

Jesus warns of deceptions

Because He knew too very well,

Satan’s schemes and all his tactics

With all disasters they do spell.

Don’t trust those who promise the world

Or if the offer is too good,

Because most times there’s a trap

With underlying motives not understood.

Because our fleshly and our carnal ways

Like to be tantalised indeed,

With one more thrill and a little excitement

With some new adventure to see.

Deception feeds on lust

And will gain a true stronghold,

When idolatry and all covetous ways

In our soul take a grip and hold.

Deception is a sword

And most times we’ll never know,

Because we can be sincere but sincerely wrong

And in vain our seed we sow.

God is not a God of confusion

And will renew and cleanse our mind,

To give clarity with His wisdom

So we leave deceptive tactics behind.

(C) P.B. 2021

‘And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light!”  2 Corinthians 11:14

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”  Proverbs 14:12

“The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”  Genesis 3:13

“Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food.”  Proverbs 23:3

“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’  Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”  Matthew 4:8-10

“And Jesus answered and said to them:  ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.’”  Matthew 24:4

“And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgement has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”  2 Peter 2:2-3