Are You Deceived?
The worst kind of deception is self-deception. When you have been deceived by someone else and that deception is discovered, most people deal with it swiftly and decisively. However, self-deception is rarely dealt with because most people feel they are right and will never look inwardly. Proverbs 12:15 states, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” All through God’s word we are warned about deception. Deception is the tool that the serpent used when he deceived Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3). Deception is a tool of the enemy. Self-deception, however, is a result of pride and ignorance. The term, self-deception, itself denotes that the deception comes from within, rather than from without. Because of pride, Satan rebelled against God. When pride enters into the heart of man, he is a candidate for self-deception. Obadiah 1:3 says, “The pride of your heart has deceived you.” According to the word we have been warned against self-deception . The following is a list of three basic areas wherein we deceive ourselves. Hearing the word, but not doing it “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22)
Thinking too highly of yourself “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:3) By acknowledging sin and repentance “If we say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10) “Do you know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived,. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, now revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) 4. Worldly associations “Do not be deceived; evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) In what area have you been self-deceived? Ask God to open your eyes to see your deception and then ask Him to forgive you.