Christ Preparing our Hearts 16

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

You can count on it that it is very difficult to come to heaven, but the way to destruction is broad and easy. Take it to heart that you have a deceitful heart with you, a wicked devil close to you, and snares and hindrances around and before you.

The deceptions that come to the soul are varied and they are vast. It is so hard to get men to see that they are deceived about spiritual things, physical things, and things regarding themselves. Because of that deception, they have to be persuaded that their soul is far more valuable to them than the whole world. Instead, they spend their whole lives pursuing things that are worthless and yet doing nothing that is beneficial to their eternal souls. The Scriptures set out that there are only two places for a soul to spend eternity and that each soul will spend eternity in one of those two places. Our time on earth is spent building treasures for one of those places. When a person becomes a believer, that person has treasure in heaven where no man can steal or plunder that treasure (Mat 6:19-21). Yet the unbeliever spends his time and efforts at building treasures of wrath for the day of wrath (Romans 2:5). When these things are taught so clearly in Scripture and yet man ignores them, it should be clear that there is a lot of deception going on.

One of the ways men are deceived about treasures in eternity is from other men. Over and over we are told in the Scriptures that other men deceive us and are trying to deceive us. But our own deceptive hearts may not understand how they are deceiving us. People are not always making and effort to knowingly deceive us, but if they are deceived themselves then their efforts to convince us to believe and act like them are deception. Romans 3:13 is speaking of all unbelievers when it tells us that “THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,” “THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”. The nicest and kindest human being that we can imagine is a deception machine (so to speak) in all that s/he does. The person is just trying to be nice and kind, but that person is deceived and so that niceness and kindness (in appearance) is deceiving others about the truth of God. A nice and kind person may be appalled at the doctrine of eternal damnation, but that does not change the truth of it. So the nice and kind person may go on and on about how eternal damnation cannot be true, but that is nothing more than deception and is nothing less than the devil himself would do and wants to do.

We also see repeated warnings in Scripture regarding homosexuals, adulterers, drunkards, and things along those lines. The nice and kind people among us want to say that those things are okay and that God would never send those people to hell. We have nice and kind ministers who are nothing less than the breath of hell as they ignore sin and the need for men to be granted repentance of those things. Those same ministers do not minister the things of God, but instead they minister the deceptions of the devil and show just how broad the road is to hell as they deny the hell they are deceiving people about. Ephesians 5:5-6 puts the matter plainly: “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” In other words, there are deceptions and there are people who are being used to deceive other people about immorality.

While we can say that men are concerned (in a fallen way) about us and others, it is the case that they are deceived about that concern and also deceived about what the help is that they are trying to give. Our hearts love those who love us (in appearance) and so we just follow along thinking that they would not harm us, but in spiritual terms our souls are receiving great harm. We must understand and we must show others that we must have the teachings of Christ (the Scriptures) and we must have Christ Himself teaching us or we will continue in our deceptions. It is not just that Christ keeps us from deception, but He must deliver us from our present deception. A deceived heart that loves itself and is full of pride loves its deceptions and hates the light and as such it is willingly deceived. However, the only way for anyone not to be deceived and to be brought out of the darkness of deception into the light of reality and truth is for Christ to teach them. Those who know their hearts know that they don’t have a free-will that can just make a choice and for them not to be deceived and to be delivered from the power of deception. Oh no, the heart that realizes the true nature of deception knows that it must be born again into the Truth.

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