Deceits of the Heart

A word of caution from God to you!

“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest – when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock;  who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end – then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’” Deuteronomy 8:11-17

Here, we see God cautioning us about yet another one of the many deceptions of the heart.

Usually, this happens more often to those who have been serving God for some time. They were delivered. They achieved things. They know the truth but suddenly forget where God took them from.

And so, they begin to think that they are self-sufficient… that they no longer depend on God but on their own strength and acquired experience. They do not accept to be corrected or directed and want to do things their own way because they think they know better.

Slowly, they become masters of themselves (slaves of the devil), and no longer servants of God…

How many have fallen into this trap!?

Bishop Alvaro Lima
  • Bishop Alvaro Lima