“[The Idolater] feeds on ashes. His deceived mind has led him astray, and he cannot rescue himself, or say, ‘Isn’t there a lie in my right hand’” (Isaiah 44.20)?
My deceived mind leads me astray. The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. No other person and circumstance will deliver me. Only God can rescue me. The eternal vacuum within my soul is only satisfied by the eternal Christ. I must abide in Him and He in me. But deception is strong.
The devil is an effective liar. He makes everything look so good and desirable. He hides imperfections and deformities. He keeps the consequences of pursuing pleasure behind a shroud of mist. He deceived Eve in the Garden; he is deceiving me to this very day. “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11.13-15). I must be aware of the fact that he seeks to take advantage of me today. I must not be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2.11).