Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beware of Double Dealing!

Luke 20:20
Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest…he saw through their duplicity.

One of the best spy movies I’ve seen in a while is Salt. Angelina Jolie plays a CIA agent who turns out to be a Russian Spy, raised from birth to be a double agent. It seems that her mission is to work for the protection of the President and the United States of America’s best interest but really her mission as a Russian Spy is to get close enough to the President to kill him. It is only through the Love of her husband that she is able to stop her duplicitous mission and shift towards redemption.

We all have the potential to be double agents, torn between our allegiance to God and pulled by the temptations of satan. We are after all trained at birth. We are born into sin and shapen in iniquity. If we are not careful, even our best intentions can lead to betrayal because of our duplicitous nature. Paul said, “When I would do good, evil is right there. That which I am supposed to do I don’t and that I don’t want to do that I keep on doing. What a wretched spy I am! Who can save me from this condition?” It is only the love of a man named Jesus that can intercept our duplicity and shift us to being redeemed.

Jesus ran into some spies pretending to be honest. There are people assigned to you to try and bring you down pretending to be honest. They appear to be friendly but are trying to ensnare you. You can always tell by the questions they ask you. The spies asked Jesus if they should pay taxes to Caesar or to God? Jesus saw past their duplicity and answered, “Whose inscription or image is on the coin? Caesar’s. then render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Always answer a question in a way that will not incriminate you if repeated. God will give you wisdom that cannot be easily refuted when you are in the Spirit.

When you are in your flesh you are more susceptible to double dealing. You remember Delilah, a double agent, questioned Samson until she got his secret to his strength. Then she betrayed him for some money. Double Agents are always searching for secrets that might lead to your vulnerability. Samson could not see her double dealings because of his lust for Delilah. It is only when you are in the Spirit that you can clearly see through duplicity or double dealing.

The bible says, “Jesus saw through their duplicity. Jesus saw their agenda behind their smiles. Jesus saw their traps and side stepped them. This morning ask God to show you the double agents and to give you words that cannot be twisted or refuted by evil men/women. Open your eyes so you can see through their duplicity.

Dear God,
Thank you for freeing me to be single minded. I work solely for you and your Kingdom. Give me discernment to recognize double agents and to see past their double dealings. Give me words that cannot be refuted. Make my discernment keen so that I can see and avoid the enemy’s snares.

In Jesus Name,

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