A Short Study of Deuteronomy 11:16

“Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.”
(Deuteronomy 11:16)

Many are deceived in their worship of “other gods” rather than the Living God. Their deception includes their being fully convinced and totally satisfied that their god is the Living God. These individuals are Satan-deceived and self-deceived. This deception concerns Who Christ is and what He’s done. “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Many deceivers means much deception. Jesus warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” This deception promoted by those who claim to speak for God. “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)

Their deception is subtle and deceives all but God’s sheep. “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

Those who are deceived by the subtle lies of false religion have nothing upon which to live and feed and no means by which to deliver themselves from this deception. “He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20)

They delight in being deceived because they are not only deceived by Satan but are also self-deceived. God said of such through Obadiah, “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?” (Obadiah 1:3)

To determine whether I am DECEIVED, let me examine what I have RECEIVED!

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, HOW that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;” (1st Corinthians 15:3)

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