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They Deceived Him

July 11, 2017

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They Deceived Him

We are sinners  from birth.     But,  that is no excuse  for wallowing  in our sins  and sinisterly enjoying them,  as we love to tear others down.     That’s how many act  towards God.     They greedily want  all the goodies  from God  —  and will pretend  to be true  to God  in order  to get  those benefits  —  but,  their hearts  have no honest love  for God  or His ways.

God gives us  an example  of this  in the Israelites  as the LORD cared for them  in their travels  to the Promised Land.     In the desert,  they had various needs  for food  and water.     Instead of humbly asking  and trusting God  to provide  for their needs,  they would bitterly complain.     God would care  for their needs  and they would be satisfied  —  but would soon forget  that they needed  to keep on  humbly  and thankfully depending  on the LORD  for all their needs.

Their hearts  would soon  think only  of themselves  again.     They forgot about  all that God  had done  in the past  to care  for them.     They realized  that God was their Rock  and Redeemer,  but they didn’t want  to honor that truth  or live by it.     So,  Psalm 78:36  says,

But they deceived Him  with their mouth
And lied  to Him  with their tongue.

A pretentious “thank You”  to the LORD  does not go unnoticed.     God is more than compassionate  and forgiving  towards us all.     He restrains  His anger  towards people,  as He remembers  that we are  but sinful flesh.     But,  God’s love and patience  need to be appreciated  as we keep on giving Him thanks  and praise  for all  that He does  for us.

God knows  our every thought,  intent,  and feeling.     He knows  when we are trying  to deceive Him  or others  in order to selfishly  get more  for ourselves.     Our deceitfulness  does not go unnoticed.     And,  God will  set the record straight  in the end.     In other words,  we need  to always consider  what is in the depths  of our hearts  —  and let God help us  to grow  in an honest faith,  hope,  and love.

With ever thankful hearts  towards God’s patient mercy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for patiently guiding us  to our heavenly home.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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