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#Sundayservice: The Sunday Study today is on Deceit

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Deceit as defined is the act of being dishonest using a trick or telling a lie. It is first calculated in the heart and the actions falls along.
The problem with this act is that most of us take it very lightly and think it does not matter. The devil is the father of deceit. Right from the Garden of Eden, the devil started his work. Eve was deceived. 1Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Jacob deceived his father and took the blessing meant for Esau. Pr 12:20 ¶ Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy. Pr 20:17 ¶ Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel

  • The Application of deceit in the business environment 

Prov 11:1 ¶ A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
Prov 20:23 ¶ Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good
Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceiving.

  • Deceit even in the house of God 

Prophet Jeremiah was the first to shout about deceit in the house of God amongst those who claim to be “men of God” Jer 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
Jer 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
The old prophet deceived the young prophet in 1Kings 13:1-20 and the result was devastating.
Paul dissociated himself from those who practice deceit
1Thes 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
2Co 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
Apostle Peter equally cleared himself of deceit.
2Pet 1:16 ¶ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty
WARNING
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

  • General Deceit in Broad day light

1. Manipulation of birth date and false declaration of age.
2. Collecting money from APC and voting PDP and vice versa.
3. Failure to declare that you have a child before marriage.
4. Deliberate poor accounting and hiding under miscellaneous.
5. Misleading the congregation on simple financial dealings.
6. Arriving 8am and signing 7.14am in your office.
7. Writing false report about your evangelical work to impress your sponsors.
8. Eye service in the workplace
9. Promising a miracle and healing when you can not deliver.

The list is long.
EFFECT OF DECEIT ON THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY
• No one takes you serious again.
• People mock at you behind.
• You damage your self esteem.
• The gospel is blasphemed.
• Your evangelism value drops.
GOING FORWARD
• Know that deceit can take you straight into hell.
• Know that it can damage your reputation.
• Beg God to help you overcome the spirit of deceit.
• It is a heart disease and as such can defile you.

By Mike Udam

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