Remember we are trying to build on the Rock of Jesus. In John 14:6, He tells us that He is the way, the TRUTH, and the life. So, it seems to me that building on truth is very important to a sure established foundation. It is important that we are not deceived. We have looked a little at being deceived by others. Did you know you can deceive yourself? Facing deception is learning hard truth.
Do you remember when you were a child and doing something wrong when you really knew it was wrong and did it anyway? You convinced yourself that it really didn’t matter….or maybe just this once…or maybe this was an exception to the rule…or maybe everyone was doing it….or maybe that is what THEY told you…..or maybe you just really wanted to do it….whatever the excuse. But, the day came to face the hard truth with your parents! Remember what that felt like? No one likes that feeling or experience. And everyone does everything possible to deny, hide, run from, explain, or even rebel from the hard truth. It does not feel comfortable, positive, happy, or “warm and fuzzy”. It brings correction, repentance and a goal for future obedience. Are you willing to face hard truth? How do we deal with our Heavenly Father’s hard truth when we have deceived ourselves and truth is exposed?
1 Corinthians 3:18, “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.”
James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
When we first deceive ourselves and go our own way, it pricks our conscience. But the more we continue this way, the less it will “bother” us. We may even come to decide it is the right way! We may even try to convince others it is the right way. We might even build a doctrine on it or build our philosophy of life or worldview on it. Then, it becomes VERY DIFFICULT for us to recognize that we have deceived ourselves and the truth is not in us.
2 Thessalonians 2: 9-10, “ The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Matthew 7: 13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (More on this later in our study of Matthew chapters 5-7.)
1 John 1:8, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
Galatians 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (This especially reminds me to ask if I am actually living according to feelings and desires or according to the Word of God, the Truth.)
Jeremiah 9:5, “Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.”
Luke 6:39, “He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?”
God’s Word confirms the truth that deception exists as a work of Satan. If our foundation is not built on truth, then we are building on shaky ground. Proverbs has a lot to say about “fools” and the consequences of being foolish. You could continue this study by going to www.biblegateway.com and enter “deceive” or “fool way” for a short study…or “fool” and “foolish” for more verses. Be willing to hear and apply what the Holy Spirit teaches you.