Deceit

Deceit

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jer 17:9)

We are very complex beings.

Ask anyone who is married. Often we can’t understand even the one we live with and have lived with for many years. It’s true that often we don’t even understand ourselves.

The complexity of experience, upbringing, motivators, pressures, and stress—even what we eat or how we sleep—creates a volatile and somewhat unpredictable cocktail.

Our very hearts can be deceitful and fool even ourselves.

So what can we do?

We can trust the God who created us, who understands us completely, who sees us completely, and who loves us completely.

Quick Prayer: Keep me from deceiving myself. Amen.

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Pretense

“One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” (Pro 13:7)

People are not necessarily who they seem to be. We assume so much by what people are wearing or what they are driving. Those at work who seem to have everything may be on the verge of bankruptcy. Some who look like they have nothing at all my be wealthy beyond all measure.

We need to look to the heart and disregard the outward appearance. We should judge people by their fruit, not their appearance. Someone my need to create a persona to be comfortable and keep his or her true self inside, deeply locked away.

When we know Jesus, we have to put away the entire pretense and be who we really are. It is okay to be vulnerable and be who God has made us to be. As we drop all pretense, we truly become all God has designed us to be.

Quick Prayer: Keep me from pretense. Amen.

Deceitfulness

“The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” (Mat 13:22)

Our enemy uses many ways to distract us from the word of truth planted in us by the Holy Spirit. This example is one Jesus used when talking about the sower and how the Word of God is received in many hearts.

Thorns and weeds of worldliness can grow up and choke the Word of God and the beginnings of what He is doing in our lives. Wealth unfettered with the constraints of a generous heart and application of the Word of God can be a dangerous deception.

Materialism and the pursuit of wealth and advancement can literally choke the life out of God’s plan and out of your spiritual life. Possessions and wealth are not wrong in themselves, but when not tempered in surrender to God, they work against you.

Quick Prayer: Please protect me from worldliness. Amen.

Do Not Lie

“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” (Lev 19:11)

Here is one of those Scripture that cuts to the chase. It goes beyond any manipulation and tells it like it is. Does it leave any room for doubt? No. Does it leave any room for a minimal offense? No.

It is black and white, clear and simple—don’t lie, don’t steal, and don’t deceive.

That one simple short line convicts us all of sin. If you don’t think it applies to you, take a moment and have a reality check. We all fall short of the glory of God, and a man who says he is without sin is a liar.

This applies to our work lives and businesses, just as it does to all other aspects of life. Just because it is a common practice doesn’t make it right.

Quick Prayer: Forgive me. Amen.

Be on Your Guard

“The merchant uses dishonest scales and loves to defraud.” (Hos 12:7)

We are all tempted to cut corners at work from time to time. The easy way is often the wrong way. Just because everyone else doing it doesn’t make it right. We are called to pay our taxes and be compliant with all legislation, regardless of our views on its validity.

When it comes to our customers, are we providing true value? Do we do what we say, work how we commit to, meet our deadlines, and complete all our work? How can we go even further and walk the extra mile?

God’s way should compel us to a higher standard, to the highest standard, as serving Him. Let our reputations as Christians in the marketplace be a demonstration of the transformed life we claim to have received.

Quick Prayer: Keep me on the narrow, true path, Lord. Forgive me for where I have cut corners. Amen.

Deceit

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jer 17:9)

We are very complex beings. Ask anyone who is married. Often we can’t understand even the one we live with and have lived with for many years. It’s true that often we don’t even understand ourselves.

The complexity of experience, upbringing, motivators, pressures, and stress—even what we eat or how we sleep—creates a volatile and somewhat unpredictable cocktail. Our very hearts can be deceitful and fool even ourselves.

So what can we do? We can trust the God who created us, who understands us completely, who sees us completely, and who loves us completely.

Quick Prayer: Keep me from deceiving myself. Amen.