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A Word to the Wise – 8-31-2016

by Dr. Walter Olsen

Is deception ever profitable? Many think so because it is so much practiced. We deceive others to get our own way, to cover our misdeeds, or to promote ourselves in the eyes of others.

Deception is practiced in every strata of life. We often practice deception because it is so easy to do. It is easy because it is a facet of our natural life. People who practice deception often assume they are getting the upper hand and, maybe for a time, they seem to. However, deception never leads to any kind of permanent well-being. It always leads to a very bad conclusion, even if we don’t think so at first. There is the matter of guilt for our wrong doing and the harm it brings to others. Eventually, our deception will be discovered and the gain we thought to obtain will be dissolved. The Bible puts it very succinctly, “Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterward his mouth shall be filled with gravel” (Prov. 20:17). There is no way to prosper by being deceitful. It is good to remember the Lord’s further word, “…be sure your sin will find you out” (Numb. 32:23). Being truthful is essential to our walk with God as well as our walk with men. Only when our deception is confessed at the cross can we begin to walk in truth.

First Baptist Church of Woodville Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624