Masking Words With Deceptive Phrases 

“I just want to share with you what God has put on my heart.”

In some cases (and I do mean some) this is a legitimate statement. God has indeed (in some cases) put something legitimate on the heart of a believer to speak to another believer. I think about Nathan to David concerning his affair with Bathsheba and then having her husband Uriah killed (2 Samuel 12). That was no doubt a hard but necessary word. 

However, in many cases, this phrase is being used to simply provide cover for their true intentions of the flesh in order for the speaker to feel justified blasting someone and putting the heater in a place where they feel they can’t argue back with it because after all, “Thus sayeth the Lord.”

I’m going to get real for a moment with you: this is deceptive at its very core and evil

As the writer of Proverbs 12:22 ESV says, 

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

OR in Psalm 52:2 ESV that says,

Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. 

Christians need to be extremely careful when they use this phrase because they need to ensure that they have throughout examined what they are about to say to see if what “God has put on their heart” is in fact contradicting what God first put in His Word. 

If “what God put on your heart” is actually contradicting what God put in His Word, then my friends, I’m afraid you are simply speaking from your heart and not from God. You have participated in either intentional deceit or have somehow deceived yourself into believing that you are speaking on behalf of God. 

And church, that’s a dangerous position to be in. As the Word of God says in Jeremiah 17:9 ESV

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

You cannot trust your heart. And more so don’t be so deceptive about your intentions by masking it with the Lords name, as if He put a stamp of approval on what you are about to say that you know is merely a reaction of feelings and not founded on the truth of God.

If you want to express your feelings, by all means, go for it. But just because they are your feelings doesn’t mean God shares them. Or that you should saddle God with your words to make yourself feel justified for saying them. 

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