“A 65 year old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience.
Seeing God, she asked "Is my time up?"
God said, "No, you have another 33 years, 2 months and 8 days to live."
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a Face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck.
She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 33 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?"
(You'll love this) God replied:
“I didn't recognize you!!!!!”’
Certainly you see the humor in the above. The fruits of deceit are not always so swift. That we live in the age of always being warned to read the small print, many of us know from experience we also may need a New York lawyer to interpret the small print!
Life and the Bible are chock full of the often bitter consequences of practicing deceit.
Deceit is found in the first book of the Bible. In Genesis it’s noted that the first human to be deceived as the result of thinking that what the eyes saw, somehow trumped what God had said. Here’s the verse, Genesis 3:13, And the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
“The serpent (Satan) deceived me, and I ate.” The statement signals the spiritual death of the entire human race, so much so that Paul reminds, “In Adam all die.” An enormous price for falling prey to the deceitful line that you can trust what you see and feel more than you can trust what God has said. On deceit Webster has this:
1: the act or practice of deceiving (as by falsification, concealment, or cheating): deception
<politics, being the art of deceit, suits only little minds — Encore>
2 a: an attempt to deceive: a declaration, artifice, or practice designed to mislead another: wily device: trick, fraud.”
Years ago I, along with others, signed a statement that our church could do such and such as well as anything else, to enhance the image of said church. WOW! Yes, the phrase did wreck much havoc in many lives, including mine. Image Building is a major industry in business, politics and religion. I hope it’s not even a small part of your life as you journey with Jesus. Be careful, you do want God to recognize you!
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