23 DOP: Victory Over The Spirits of Deception and Manipulation Day 9

Victory Over Spirits of Deception and Manipulation


Written By Pastor Michael Heil

“Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits;

do not seek after them, to be defiled by them:

I am the Lord your God.”

Leviticus 19:31

Years ago, believe it or not, I was a teenager and played high school football. I remember before we started practice our coach gave us a playbook. It was a condensed version of plays we would run on the field. In a grave voice, he strongly warned us not to lose it or let another team have it because you never wanted your opponent to know what you were doing. We had about four or five plays we would use all the time because they worked so well. So we would use them constantly. Our enemy, the evil one, has a playbook too; his evil spirits use it time and time again. And, like my high school football team, Satan has his favorite plays. The most basic, the one used first on this earth, is deception and manipulation. In the garden he told Eve through the serpent, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4,5). He deliberately deceived Eve, sowing seeds of doubt, so he could manipulate her to get Eve to eat the fruit. Brothers and sisters, he has not changed; he goes back to the play of deception and manipulation time after time after time.