You Got Deceived

The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—who can understand it? —Jeremiah 17:7

I don't know if you are easily fooled, but eventually, every man is deceived. We are deceived at the intersection where our trust and our feelings meet. It's at the point we trust in an idea, belief, or thought, and then we follow the heart rather than seek the truth. It's true. We will mistake our gut, feelings, and intuitions for the truth — and then we trust in it. It's at this point we have moved from trusting in the truth of God to trusting in the truth of self. This is the intersection that gets us every time. It's at this junction we tragically crash into the truth of the text above—"the heart is devious about all else." And when we come crashing into this intersection, the "perversion of our heart is incomprehensible." 

DO THIS: Today, trust in the Lord, not in your heart.

PRAY THIS: God, forgive me for the times I have not trusted your truth. I know you will never take advantage of me but only seek my best interest. Teach me to trust more in you and less in my gut, feelings, and intuitions.

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10 thoughts on “You Got Deceived

  1. Walter says:

    For the longest time I have not been able to trust anyone. They always seem to let me down, one way or another. I know in my heart God is the only person I can trust completely. Yet I struggle to “let go and let God”

  2. Chad Poppen says:

    I just came out of a rough day yesterday, and I am thankful for a strong wife to speak truth. As we went to sleep last night I asked her why she had to be so hard on me, and her reply was ,”do you want me to lie?”. Of course we wouldn’t want someone to lie, “or would I when caught away in deception. I wake up with the story of Deborah because of how the battle was won yesterday. It was these words that rang clear, “you are opposing yourself, because if you truly want to lead you need to fortitude your mind with truth rather than say you can’t, and crumble when tested where God has put you today. “ I am thankful there is mercy and a strong savior, and also for a great help meet.

  3. Eddie says:

    my heart and mind have led e down sinful paths before, but following and applying God’s word to my life has never led me down that path.

  4. John says:

    This is one of the most penetrating and wise of all your posts, Vince. Thanks for pointing out the difference between the readings of the heart and the unshakeable nature of the Truth.

  5. Chad Husted says:

    Definitely needed this word today. Been struggling to justify some self serving feelings/ beliefs that I know are not right- yet I still wrestle. I see this is a matter of trust.

  6. Dave Benson says:

    The heart of man plans his way
    Proverbs 16:9 a

    Quite often I follow my heart and then justify it against the truth. It never ends up pretty!

  7. Phil Green says:

    Hello Vince.
    I like the devo on trust, however, I would like to hear two or three illustrations about trusting ourselves over trusting God. Especially in the sex , marriage and relationship area. Plus, the career area. Thanks for the thoughts.

    • Danny says:

      Yes I would like to hear something positive about trusting myself not in an adversarial way just in knowing sometimes I am able to make the right decision because God made me that way… it is not fair to always make a decision n if it turns out good then it must be God or vice versa…I believe God made me smart enough to know how n when to call on him n trust n him n other times just do the right thing as a human being. Anyway just want to know if all the signs are pointing one direction n if you prayed about something for years n its finally happening is that God or myself? If it turns out to be bad later is still God or myself? When do we know it’s the right decision?

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