The Art of Deception–Discover seven strategies deceivers use and avoid them!

Discover seven strategies deceivers use, so you can avoid them.

Deception is such an effective strategy because those trapped in its snare believe “the lie” is true.

Ever see a life gone wrong? It’s bewildering to the onlooker. “I can’t believe he did that. He seemed so nice.” “How could this happen to such a sweet girl?” Even the perpetrator is perplexed. “I don’t know what happened” is a common response when the sin is finally revealed. Deception is such an effective strategy because those trapped in its snare believe “the lie” is true. Discover seven strategies deceivers use, so you can avoid them.


The Deceiver’s M.O. (modus operandi/method of operation)…


Step 1: Identify the victim’s weakness.

Weaknesses include: low self-esteem, disenfranchisement (a sense of not belonging), unresolved negative emotions (such as anger, fear, jealousy or hate), a natural stubbornness (unwillingness to listen to authority or follow wisdom—especially as outlined in the Bible), or economic distress (existing in an impoverished state, either through generational circumstances, tragedy or poor financial decisions).


Step 2: Identity the victim’s desires.

Desires include: a desire to be unique, a desire to do something great, a desire to be powerful, a desire to be loved or a desire to be accepted. (Note: These desires are not sinful; they are normal.)


Step 3: Provide a counterfeit solution. The deceiver presents a false way to achieve the person’s desire. It seems real, usually visually mimicking the truth. The fake imitates the results of the truth and for a time solves the problem.


Step 4: Tighten the snare. During this stage the deceiver demands a commitment from the victim. If she want these great benefits and newfound sense of purpose to continue, she must give more money. He must prove his loyalty. The great new friends have a “job” for him. Sure it’s illegal—but if he wants the protection the “family” can provide, he’ll do it. They must promise not to tell.


Step 5: Isolate the victim. The deceiver knows that if the victim stays in relationship with people who can see through the lies, the deception will be exposed. Isolation can happen geographically (Human traffickers use this method; they move their captives from place to place.) But isolation can also happen when the deceiver separates the victim emotionally from family and friends through a series of lies: “Your family doesn’t love you.” “She doesn’t understand you.” “We appreciate you here.” “This business opportunity isn’t for everyone—we only want smart, savvy investors who are willing to take risks.”


Step 6: Drop the illusion—exploit the captive. Once the victim is dependent on the deceiver, the ruse ends. The true intentions of the deceiver are revealed. The sure-fire investment goes belly up. The wonderful new boyfriend is actually a pimp.  The religious group with a “zeal for righteousness” asks you to commit a violent crime—when you’re caught, you lose everything. They deny everything–after all, they don’t condone violence.


Step 7: Threaten the victim if they try to leave. The cruelest thing about deception is the level of exploitation. The person is drawn in because they were sincerely trying to strengthen their weakness. She knew she needed help. He knew he had a problem. Now they are in trouble. When the victim tries to leave, the deceiver prevents it through threats. “I’ll kill you.” “You’ll never see your family again.” “You’ll never work in this industry again.” “Nobody loves you.” “No one will believe you.” “There is no God and if there was, He wouldn’t help you.” These are all lies.


This is the truth:  No matter how impossible the deception trap seems, there is someone who can help you—Jesus. Jesus is not a cliché. He is a real person. He has the authority and power to destroy every bondage. He was sent by God the Father to set captives free. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sins.


Luke 4:18-19, The Living Bible

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.”


Photo Credit: Freedom Girl by Paul Wooten Photography


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Valerie Morrow

Valerie Morrow was born-again at the tender age of 5, but has been chasing Jesus and the will of God seriously for about 10 years. She is well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of Christian women. As a busy (we prefer the word productive) wife, mother, entrepreneur, leader, ministry student and writer, she focuses on being well-balanced, as a necessity in life. Valerie has been a waitress, a secretary, a receptionist, a marketing assistant, an account coordinator, an account manager, a marketing director, a business owner and the "candy lady." She has learned the meaning of being secure in Christ regardless of your position or function in life and loves to share her insights through devotionals, bible studies and "self- improvement" articles from a Biblical perspective. Valerie is the wife of Henry Morrow and the mother of two children. She is an active member of Victory Life Faith Center under the leadership of Pastor Lewis Brown.

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