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#096 – Air Date 11/17/2019
The Deceitful Heart
This Weekend – It’s a horrible feeling when you realize you have been deceived or conned by someone else. Isn’t it amazing that were not that necessarily disturbed when we are the victim of our own deception? We tolerate “self-deception” seemingly more than when someone else does it. Listen and watch this Visual Story about the deceptiveness of our own heart. You may be surprised how vulnerable we are to fooling ourselves about moral issues and Biblical matters!
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Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Message 9 in the Series, Airing Week of 11/18/2019
This Week – No one likes to be the victim of deception. And yet we all have been the victim of someone else’s scam or deception. It may have involved money, romance, or business; but the bottom line was a lie. We study the story of the Israelites being deceived by group of people known as the Gibeonites in the book of Joshua. It’s a plot right out of a movie; yet there are lessons for us all in 2019!
Monday (11/18) – We begin with a simple story of deception in a family among children. The writer of this story finds out that a cousin deceived him many years earlier in regards to a “dead fish”! We’ve all been deceived in more serious ways in life. Satan is behind ultimately all deception; Jesus called him the “father of all lies.” God’s people were deceived in a major way in Joshua 9. We find out how and why!
Tuesday (11/19) – We read the text of the ruse perpetrated on the Israelites. It was actually a creative scheme by a group of people known as the Gibeonites. They deceived Joshua and the people of God into believing that they were from a “far country”, when they were actually from a town 6 miles northwest of Jerusalem! God had forbidden the Israelites from making a treaty from any people in the land of Canaan or the Promised Land.
Wednesday (11/20) – The Gibeonites used flattery to deceive the Israelites. Has anyone used flattery to attempt deception with you? As the father of all lies, Satan entices us to believe falsehood rather than the truth of God’s word. We share the story of my being “taken” by a con-artist in my high school job. It was a great lesson for me the rest of my life!
Thursday (11/21) – The most important verse is verse 14 that says the Israelites didn’t seek the Lord’s guidance or counsel in making a decision. We share a thought about this process that I have never, never shared before in any message! You really need to hear this! We also share a bold quote about being willing to say “no” until you seek the Lord in the matter!
Friday (11/22) – We share how that the Lord can even work in our failures, not just our successes! God can not only work in our mistakes, He can overrule anything He chooses in our lives. We close with a powerful story that we’ve used before on CrossHope about a woman who stayed married to a man who went to prison for decades. Her story will not only speak to you, but perhaps speak to God working in the mistakes of your life and mine.