“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44)
The devil is a liar, a deceiver. So it is sin. The worst tragedy is when no one else but you deceives yourself, you betray your trust in yourself; you hate yourself and become your enemy. It is similar with spiritual suicide or spiritual abortion. Deception means to mislead, to accept a lie in place of truth and that causes confusion, ignorance and helplessness. Deception weakens the will. It means to disappoint, to fail to fulfill a promise.
Self –deception means to betray your own dreams, to abort your destiny. You become your worst enemy. You can’t blame anybody except yourself. It is a self-inflicted mortal wound, terrible tragedy that may cost your soul at last. It is the height of foolishness, a choice to serve the devil while still reading the bible. This deception is the work of the evil spirit of religion. But you can’t even blame the devil. Ignorantly, the deceived is resisting the Holy Spirit refusing to acknowledge his sin and refusing all counsel to repent.
Self -deception is a sin, better said a stronghold that keeps many in bondage. They go to church but show no fruit of salvation. These are religious people that are very stubborn and hard hearted ‘Christians’. They make continuous mistakes and are ignorant of the stain they place on the name of Christ. Selah!
THE SOURCES OF SELF –DECEPTION: WEAK EARS AND FAST TONGUES
‘Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says’ (Jam 1:22)
It is possible for a sinner to read the Bible, go to church and still fail to be saved. It is not enough to listen to sermons or even to admire them. The Word of God has to be received in the heart, engrafted, like a seed in the ground, with spiritual hunger and deep humility. The Word has to be retained and meditated upon for a long time, until it leaves permanent imprint in the soul. It is like printing a picture on the photographic paper. The light has to penetrate it long enough for the picture to be seen. That is the meaning of looking at your face in the mirror of the Word, which is the truth that sets free. Your spirit, much deeper than the mind, has to receive the Word, to open up to the power of life resident in the Word of God until the change happens.
*RELIGIOUS, UNRESTRAINED TONGUE
‘If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless’ (Jam 1:26)
In the Book of James Chapter 1: 26, 27 and in chapter 3 we see that the tongue is described as a ‘restless’ ‘wild animal’ bent on destruction. It is like a snake, ‘full of deadly poison’. The evil tongue of the self –deceived has ‘killed’ many souls with bitterness.
No man can tame the tongue. Only God can do it and that only in the believers who are dead to sin. The tongue is an index to how the body behaves. A perfect man keeps his body and tongue under control. Self -control is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Any man, who attends church, reads the Bible or does good deeds, but cannot control the tongue, is self –deceived.
What is the solution? Go to the Word of God! Pray and destroy the stronghold of lies and deception! Be jealous of your testimony as a Christian! Pray for your ears and for your tongue! Let them experience deliverance! Let your ears be circumcised! Let them hear every Word of God! For man does not live by bread alone but be every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God! Let your ears be deaf to lies, deceit and gossip. Let your tongue be slow to speak! Never speak on impulse! Always pray before you speak! May your speech glorify God and encourage the brethren! In the absence of a specific godly Word from God, I shall keep silent! May God bless His Word in the heart of the listeners today! In Jesus name, Amen!
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Jam 1:19)