Self Deception Series :: Worldly Wise I am


It is one thing to be deceived by someone else, but to be deceived by oneself is quite another. The Bible counsels us to be wary against self-deception and informs us of the conditions in which one is self-deceived.

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 states “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
Let us not deceive ourselves.
Instead of being wise in our own eyes, let us be spiritually wise and that means fear the Lord and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7). The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). To fear God is not only the beginning of wisdom, but it is also the whole duty of man and that is the conclusion of the whole matter (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
Let us not be wise in our own eyes and deceive ourselves.

1 Corinthians 3:18-23 (KJV)
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;
23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Self Deception Series :: Unbridled I am


It is one thing to be deceived by someone else, but to be deceived by oneself is quite another. The Bible counsels us to be wary against self-deception and informs us of the conditions in which one is self-deceived.

James 1:26 state that if any man among you seems to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, deceives his own heart and his religion is vain. A word that is aptly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver (Proverbs 25:11) and a wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).
Let us not deceive ourselves.
Let us put the bit and bridle to our tongue so that our lives may be in the direction that God wants us to be and like it was on prophet Samuel, let the Spirit of the Lord be in us and his word always be on our tongue (2 Samuel 23:2).
Let us not be unbridled and deceive ourselves.

James 1:26 (KJV)
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

2 Samuel 23:2 (KJV)
The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

Self Deception Series :: Narcissist I am


It is one thing to be deceived by someone else, but to be deceived by oneself is quite another. The Bible counsels us to be wary against self-deception and informs us of the conditions in which one is self-deceived.

Galatians 6:3 states that the one who thinks of himself as something, when he is nothing, deceives himself. The dictionary defines a narcissist as a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish. Biblically, narcissism is referred to as selfishness.
Let us not deceive ourselves.
Let us in lowliness of mind esteem each other better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3). We must put on humbleness of mind (Colossians 3:12) as is the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5-7), who being God, considered it robbery to be made equal with God, and made himself of no reputation, and took on the form of a servant humbled himself to become obedient unto death, even the death on the cross.
Let us not be a narcissist and deceive ourselves.

Galatians 6:3 (KJV)
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself

Colossians 3:12-13 (KJV)
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Philippians 2:3-11 (KJV)
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Self Deception Series :: Foolish I am


It is one thing to be deceived by someone else, but to be deceived by oneself is quite another. The Bible counsels us to be wary against self-deception and informs us of the conditions in which one is self-deceived.
While self-righteousness may be one of the main causes of self deception to an unbeliever, spectatorship is one of the main causes of self-deception to a believer. James 1:22 counsels all to be doers of the word and not merely hearers, for in just hearing and not doing, one deceives his/her own self.

We are asked not to be on the sidelines, spectating Christian life as a entertaining sport, but to be in the arena as a gladiator, fighting for the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ and ready to die for Christ as a martyr (witness).
Let us not deceive ourselves.
Jesus likened the man that hears his words and not do it, as one who is foolish who built his house on the sand. Great will be the fall of that house, when the rain, floods and winds comes against it (Matthew 7:26-27).
Let us not be foolish and deceive ourselves.

James 1:22 (KJV)
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Matthew 7:26-27 (KJV)
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Self Deception Series :: Self-Righteous I am


It is one thing to be deceived by someone else, but to be deceived by oneself is quite another. The Bible counsels us to be wary against self-deception and informs us of the conditions in which one is self-deceived.
1 John 1:8 states that “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” In other words, the one who is self-righteous, claiming to be without sin, deceives himself or herself.
Let us not deceive ourselves.
It is first important to recognize that no one is righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10) and second, whatever righteousness, we have is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23) and the wages of sin is death (Romans  6:23), but the gift of God is eternal life, to every one who believes in his heart and confesses with his mouth, that Jesus is Lord, (John 3:16).
Jesus taught that the self-righteous who trusted in themselves would be humbled (Luke 18:9-14) and also consider the self-righteousness of man to be an abomination to God (Luke 16:15).
Let us not be self-righteous and deceive ourselves.

1 John 1:7-9 (KJV)
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Luke 18: 9-14 (KJV)
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 16:15 (KJV)
15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.