Beware the trap of deception

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Written By Angelique Geeringh

Giving generously to the needy is one sure way of impressing other Christians and receiving respect and admiration for that action. This vanity trait is not only reserved for our generation, as more than 200 years ago, but Ananias and Sapphira were also trapped by man’s opinion of them, instead of caring most about what the Lord saw.

They probably convinced themselves that by keeping some of the money  they wouldn’t be hurting anyone else (and they wouldn’t be hurting their own reputations either) They opted to let others think that they had given more than they really had. This hypocrisy and the love of money and praise that motivated this cost them their lives. Man may be conned, but God sees the heart, and He knows what the real motivations are.

Jesus taught that giving to the needy should not be done for praise (Matthew 6:1-4) “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

We need to be aware that we serve a great and mighty God and our Promise for this week is a wise proverb found in Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding"

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