“THREE AGENTS OF DECEIT!”

There are basically three agents of deceit: Greek: planao, plan‑ah’‑o; to (prop. cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue), go astray, deceive, err, seduce, be out of the way.

SATAN

Corinthians 11:14, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

SIN

Romans 7:11, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].”

SELF

James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

There are many examples given in the scriptures:

EVE:

I Timothy 2:14, “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

ABRAHAM

Genesis 12:11, “And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou [art] a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This [is] his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.”

ISAAC

Genesis 26:7, “And the men of the place asked [him] of his wife; and he said, She [is] my sister: for he feared to say, [She is] my wife; lest, [said he], the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she [was] fair to look upon.”

JACOB

Genesis 27:18-27, Where Jacob deceives his own father to steal Esau’s birthright.

DAVID

I Samuel 21:12, “And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.”

PETER

Mark 14:70, “And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art [one] of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth [thereto]. But he began to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not this man of whom ye speak.”

THE WORLD

Revelation 13:14, “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

“THE WORST KIND OF DECEPTION, SELF!”

The Worst Kind of Deception…. Self!
Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
 
Meditate on verse 7.
 
Honesty has almost become a lost policy in these days. “Honesty is the best policy”, the old motto is still true today; though not much practiced. Is it obsolete?? Maybe so! If some people had their way they would certainly abolish it.
 
I have to mention the Clinton lie, but want to be very careful not to teach disrespect and yet God’s hatred for lying.
 
Some twenty years ago, on a talk show a Doctor said, “Lying is an important part of society …AND CHILDREN WHO ARE UNABLE TO LIE MAY HAVE DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMS.” I think this foolish Doctor has the biggest of development problems.
 
Please study Proverbs 12:17-22
 
Around the year 2000, U.S.A. TODAY Poll shows only 56% teach it to their children, and 65% of High School students would cheat on an important Exam; 59% thought that our President’s Clinton’s sin does not matter – just go on. Imagine what this same poll would show today.
 
Let’s learn to live honestly because it is still a good motto.
 
“IF YOU ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH YOU WILL NEVER BE TRAPPED BY A LIE.”
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“DAVID’S SIN!” Conclusion!

2 Samuel 11:27-12:14.

There are several lessons we can learn from David’s sin:

WE LEARN THAT EVEN A VERY GOOD MAN, IF HE GETS HIS EYES OFF FROM GOD AND HIS WORD MAY EASILY FALL INTO VERY GROSS SIN.

David stayed home when he should have gone to battle 11:1.

Tarried: lurking, ease one self, to remain.

You are better off to stay busy for God.

WE LEARN THAT GOD NEVER LOOKS UPON ANY ONES SIN IN ALLOWANCE.

God sent Nathan to rebuke him of his sin 12:7.

About a year had passed. A year of no joy, no victory, etc.

WE LEARN THAT “WHATEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP.”

Just like a farmer always reaps more than he sows, Galatians 6:7.

God is saying to David, “Your sin will not be avenged with just one slaughter, but many, and your punishment will cease only at your death.

The first punishment was that Bathsheba’s baby died.
Absolom’s rebellion and death 18:14.
Adonijah put to death (David’s oldest son) I Ki.2.

There was also open disgrace on his royal dignity, “Before the sun and in open daylight.” This is always the case, the sin that follows are always worse than the first.
WE LEARN THAT OUR SIN GIVE GREAT OCCASION FOR GOD’S ENEMY TO BLASPHEME 12:14.

In other word’s our testimony is shot.

WE LEARN THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF THIS STORY, THAT THERE IS FULL AND ABUDANT PARDON UPON CONFESSION VERSE 13.

We must come to the place where David was; “I have sinned.”

“DAIVID’S SIN!”

2 Samuel 11:27-12:14.
 
Meditate on 11:27, 12:9-14.
 
Notice the times “I have sinned” is used in the Bible.
 
PHARAOH:
Exodus 9:27, “And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous and I and my people are wicked.”
 
Baalim:
Num 22:34, “And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.”
 
Achan:
Josh 7:20, “And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:”
 
Judas:
“I have sinned and betrayed innocent blood,” Matthew 27:4.
 
And David:
We must take responsibility for our own sin.
 
The Bible is faithful to recount the sins as well as the virtues of its character; thereby teaching us good lessons, as in the case of David’s sin.
David recognized his sin in Psalm 51. He REPENTED and was RESTORED.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“THE NEW COVENANT” CONCLUSION!

Read Hebrews 8:1-13

We said that we have HIS ACCEPTANCE, ASSURANCE, AVAILABILITY, and

1 Timothy 1:15, “This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

That leads us to…

IV. IN THE NEW WE HAVE ABUNDANCE.

That is, life on the highest plain.

John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”

V. IN THE NEW WE ABIDE IN CHRIST.

Here is the difference: HE IS OUR LIFE, NOT A PART OF OUR LIFE.

VI. IN THE NEW WE HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY.

Accountability is not a bad word, unless unsaved. We will shine forever as, “Trophies of His Grace.”

We can live in condemnation: Law or Grace. Cleaning your own life will never remove the years of sin and guilt…CLEANING IS HIS PART.

AND, the most important difference between the New and the Old is THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.

“THE NEW COVENANT” PART 2

Hebrews 8;1-13.

Grace and Love are His two greatest attributes.

He is not our Judge, one who condemns; but He is our Mediator.

Matthew 18:11, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

Luke 9:56, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save [them]. And they went to another village.”

Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

John 5:45, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is [one] that accuseth you, [even] Moses, in whom ye trust.”

John 8:15, “Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.”

John 8:16, “And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.”

John 9:39, “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”

John 12:47, “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“THE NEW COVENANT!”

Hebrews 8:1-13
 
Don’t miss a day of this three-day great thought.
 
The New is better than the Old. Why? Read Hebrews 7:19.
 
1. It is established on better promises. Verses 10,12.
 
2. The Old was based on performance and fears the New on faith and willing heart. Verse 10.
 
3. The Old made a covering for sin; the New gives confession and forgiveness: a complete washing away.
 
4. The New rests upon the accomplished redemption through Christ.
 
So, what am I saying? The CROSS-OF CHRIST made the difference, and is the key.
 
I. SO WE HAVE FIRST OF ALL ACCEPTANCE.
 
We no longer live under the law but under Christ. Jesus on the cross is our acceptance.
 
We cannot deserve what God has done for us. “I hope”, “I tried”, etc.
 
Praise the Lord! He did it for us.
When we confess our sin, we are trying to get His ACCEPTANCE, which He has already given us on the cross.
 
We need to learn to separate ourselves from what we are and what we do. Your conduct may not be what it ought to be, but you are still a child of God.
 
His love is based upon what He did, not what we are trying to do.
 
II. WE HAVE HIS ASSURANCE.
 
That is, assurance of His Grace.
 
III. WE HAVE HIS AVAILABILITY.
 
God is for us anytime.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!