Be Not Deceived

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There have been many stories printed regarding the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls last month, but there is one interview that caught my attention.

On April 30th, Alexis Okeowo posted an interview by one of the girls that escaped the kidnapping in The New Yorker.

According to the 18-year-old, militants showed up at the boarding school at night dressed in Nigerian military uniforms on April 14, 2014. They told the girls that they were there to take them to safety.

These militants came at night. Why didn’t they come during the day? Because every work of the devil is the work of darkness. He hates light because light exposes him. Also, he is always looking for an opportune moment. The bible says that after the devil ended all the temptation in the wilderness, he departed from Jesus, but it was only for a season. The devil waits until you are vulnerable, tired, alone or lonely. Even in the garden, the serpent didn’t come to Eve when she was with Adam. He waited until she was alone.

The militants didn’t come dressed as themselves. They knew that in order for their plan to work, they had to disguise themselves. Otherwise, the young girls wouldn’t have left with them.  1 Corinthians 11:14 tells us that satan disguises or transforms himself as an angel of light. According to the interviewee, these girls were not forced. They willingly left with these men because they believed what they said. Satan never forces anyone to do anything, but he will dress things up to attract you and lure you away from what God said. Be careful.

The girls were told that they were going to be taken to safety. To catch the right fish, you have to use the right bait. Satan’s bait is a lie. Many have been led captive by the enemy today because of a lie. Eve told God ‘the serpent beguiled me and I did eat’. In Eve’s case, she knew the truth. God spoke to her first. Before the serpent presented a lie (‘You shall not surely die’), God presented the truth (‘You shall not eat from it or touch it or you will die’). Eve couldn’t use the excuse, ‘The devil made me do it’. She was drawn away by her own lust. Eve ate it because she desired it. 

There are three things I learned from this kidnapping:

  1. Be careful who you join yourself to. Every person who comes to you is not sent by God.
  2. Listen to what people say, but watch what they do. Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God (1 John 4:1).
  3. If you’re not sure about something, you have been given permission to ask. Go in prayer. Acknowledge God. The Spirit of God is also called the Spirit of Truth and He will never lead you wrong.

As for the young girls, my prayer is that the kidnappers will set every one of them free and that they return to their families unharmed, in Jesus’ name. 

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