Deuteronomy chapter 11 and verse 16 found deep in the old testament section of the Bible says this: “Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.”
Verse 16 gives us a clue in preventing deception. God says, “Take heed to yourselves.” What does this tell us? This means pay attention! Take care. Guard yourself. Watch out. We cannot just skip our way through our Christian life. It will take a great deal of effort.
Does not Christ tell us to “watch and pray always” (Luke 21:36)? But He does not say to watch just world events. One of the things that we have to watch most closely is ourselves.
“Take heed to yourselves”—what we are allowing yourself to do; what we are getting involved in; who our friends are, how much time we are spending on this, that, and the other thing. How close is our relationship with God? That is what we must watch and take heed of.
God wants us to jealously protect our spiritual growth. Once we develop a trait of godly character, we should never give it up! Guard that eternal life that has been built within us—by God’s grace and our willingness to yield.
Most of the time, people become deceived because they are not watching what is going on. They are in “la-la land.” Something intrudes into their lives, and they follow it because they have no strength to resist. They have not been watching themselves.
At work it is so easy to trip, but not just at work, really it is anywhere! God has shown us the way to live and our responsibility is to “take heed of ourselves, watching and praying constantly”
Have a good week