“What is this you have done to me? I served
you faithfully for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” Genesis 29:25
deceiver has now been deceived. The ironic thing is that although Jacob is not
a stranger to deception, he is totally surprised when someone does the same to
live in a sinful world and there is deception all around us. Jesus warned His
disciples of this fact when He said, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Matthew
Gill (Advancing Ministries) warns of six
types of worldly and self-deception in his article, 6 Signs of Deception (13
– “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
1 John 1:8
– “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against sound
judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his
own opinion.” Proverbs 18:1-2
of Accountability– “I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. .
. be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus . . .
who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ. . . ” 1
– “A combative spirit is more concerned with winning than with truth and
righteousness prevailing.” (Tim Gill)
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.” Psalm 52:4
Pattern of Change
– “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8
Mystic Encounter of a Self-Exalted Leader – “For such are false apostles,
deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians
“Let no man deceive you by any means; for
that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. . .” 2
Challenge: Be on guard against both worldly deception
and self-deception. Jesus warned us, it will come, we just might not know it.
Why do I feel like I am dry in my spiritual life?
A: I often get this same feeling.It is usually after an extended period of
doing the same ol’ thing.The same
ol’daily bible readings, trying to
meditate on the same ol’ email devotional, listening to the same ol’ praise
songs - basically just going through the motions of what once had given me a
feeling of spiritual fulfillment.
am reminded of the story in John 2:1-11
of Jesus’ first miracle where we find Mary and Jesus at a wedding and the wine
had run dry.They had been at this
wedding celebrating for a while, no doubt enjoying each other’s company and
chillin’ out.But in time - the party
wound down.Sounds a little like
But Mary stepped out in boldness, she told the servants to do whatever
Jesus told them to do.SHE HAD AN
EXPECTATION OF JESUS.
Have you lost your EXPECTATION?Do you read the Word of the Lord EXPECTING to
hear His voice?Do you meditate on a
devotional EXPECTING to be pruned?Do
you listen to praise music EXPECTING to worship?Do you pray EXPECTING to be heard?