In the Word of God honesty is a key to fruitfulness and change in our lives (Luke 8:15). Honesty in our lives needs to start with being honest with ourselves. People good at fooling others have to first be good at fooling themselves which the Bible calls self deception. Examine yourself with the following areas of self deception and if you’ve messed up just fess up and get back in fellowship with God.
- Self-deception about sin 1 John 1:8.
(To say we have no sin when in fact we have sinned. To say we have no power of sin or sin nature within our outward man Romans 6:18, 21, 23. To say sin is all the devils’ fault James 1:12-16.To say sin will not hurt you 1 Corinthians 3:18; 6:9).
- Self-deception about being a hearer only and not a doer of the Word James 1:22-26.
- Self-deception about our true level of maturity James 1:26.
(Anyone can appear spiritual but our tongue reveals us. The measure of pure religion is seen in practical acts of love James 1:27. The measure of a perfect man is his ability to bridle his tongue James 3:2).
- Self-deception about sowing and reaping Galatians 6:7.
(Thinking that stuff just happens whether good or bad with no connection to seedtime and harvest. Waiting Thinking there are no consequences to your actions; also expecting for a harvest without sowing seed.).
- Self-deception of thinking we are something we are not Galatians 6:3.
(Our works should prove if we are something (James 3:13) not our thoughts. If we are anything, our actions will prove it. The good we do cannot be hidden 1 Timothy 5:24, 25. Don’t be out to be someone, be out to help someone. God cannot bless who we pretend to be).
- Self-deception of thinking we can keep bad company and it not affect us 1 Corinthians 15:33.
(Bad company ruins good morals, habits, and character. Good apples do not change the rotten apples; one rotten apple spoils the whole bunch of good apples. We cannot companion with evil and it not affect us).
- Self-deception of thinking we can never fall and never be deceived 1 Corinthians 10:12.
(All of us are subject to deception in areas of our ignorance. Awareness that it can happen to us is the safeguard that keeps us open to staying free).
- Self deception of thinking that it doesn’t matter what we say or the words we use have any effect on our walk James 1:26.
(Words are powerful and influence the spirit realm either for or against us James 3:5-10. Words also are like seeds we can sow that can affect our relationships).
Am I fooling myself? Self deception is being wrong thinking we are right. We are even more vulnerable to self deception when there is no submission in our life and we have no outside voice to keep us objective. Those who forsake assembling with the Body, attending Church, are extremely prone to self deception. The bottom line of self-deception is pride Obadiah 3, 4. Pride rejects seeking God and His thoughts (Psalm 10:4) and the Father of lights (James 1:17; 1 John 2:16). Pride is the inability to admit need, the inability to admit wrong, and rejects the grace of God (James 4:6). Humble yourself, admit your need, and be honest about yourself.