Devotions - Monday, May 15th, 2006

The "Art" of Deceit

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Devotions - Monday, May 15th, 2006

Postby Blipadouzi » Mon May 15, 2006 5:52 am

Reading: 2 Samuel 15; Psalm 3, Psalm 64; Luke 4:27-54

Good morning Church,

When David sinned it began with a lustful desire for someone who did not belong to him. To hide this sin required something that opened the door to many demons...deceit. David knew the Lord's heart on the matter:

You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong.
You destroy those who tell lies;
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
the LORD abhors. (Psalm 5:4-6)


As he tried to cover his sin with deceit it led him further from the Lord, to the point where he was able to take the life of an innocent man.

David was forgiven as he repented but the demons of deceit had been let loose upon his family. One of his sons deceives his half-sister, leading her into a trap where he raped her. When David failed to deal with this sin in the family in a proper manner his oldest son rouse up, laid another trap of deception and killed his half-brother for his sin against his sister.

Now when David refused to deal even with this in a proper manner, resentment began to grow in his son's heart. The oldest son made a plan of deception that played out over a four year period. Using this tool of deception he stole the hearts of the people away from his father and for a time stole the kingdom. But anything birthed in deception will lead to death and so Absalom dies even with his father's effort to protect him.

Deceit is a terrible thing that leads to even greater terrible things. The apostle Paul warned that such a thing is a sign of a life without God, a natural thing that is produced from a sinful heart:

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossipers, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents. (Romans 1:28-30)

In fact, Paul writes in Ephesians that the only way to escape such a thing is to grow in maturity in our relationships with God and each other:

... and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. (Ephesians 4:13-14)


So let us set aside such tools to cover our sins and instead open ourselves to God in truth and honesty. Let us set aside our deceitfulness, turn back from the grave and seek clean hands and a pure heart. Our God will hear our cries and he will respond with compassion.
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