Deuteronomy 11:16 “Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;”
I find this scripture very instructive in this season as the hearts of many will be lured into trusting and relying on the help of other gods, and this will be the beginning of initiations into worship. Jesus said, “you cannot serve two masters,” you’ll love one at the expense of the other.
We live in subtle world where evil is presented and represented as good and good is labelled and painted as evil. Therefore, beware of dogs!
“Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will wax cold….” Yet we must know that even if iniquity abounds, grace will much more abound. So, let’s hold on to grace rather than let or hearts be drawn into deception. When man begins to love another thing, his love for God begins to wax cold (diminish). Therefore, He says, “love not the world neither the things that are in the world, for if any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1John 2:15.
Many shall be deceived…. Many shall fall away. Anytime I remember this prophecy, I fear for my soul. Better still, I hold on to the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that has justified and brought me into eternal salvation, the love of God that has made a partaker of the divine nature, having sent His only Beloved and Begotten Son to Ransome me from the power of sin and death. And I also hold on to the fellowship of the Ship being my guide into divine sonship, leading me into all truth.
We must therefore take heed that our hearts are not drawn away unto other gods, such that we begin to give worship and service unto them. Rather, we are enjoined to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God for this is our reasonable worship.”
One may therefore ask, what are gods? These gods could be your strength, wisdom, achievements, pleasure, money, fame, power, social status, discipline, arms of flesh and many other things that could lure us away from total dependence and trust in God. Once our hearts can learn to rely of the potency of these gods rather than on God, then we will offer worship unto them.
In conclusion, “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” Ps. 4:5.