Self-deceit can mask who we really are. The longer we view ourselves through a distorted lens the more likely we are to believe a distorted truth. This can lead to some very dangerous sin issues in our lives. David said in Psalm 36:2-3, “For in his own eyes, he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful, he has ceased to be wise and to do good.”
My family used to watch American Idol. If you watched it, they would highlight a lot of people that thought they could sing but really couldn’t. How is that possible? Distorted views of ourselves.
But when it comes to sin, if we cannot detect our sin, that which we cannot detect, we cannot hate. If we cannot detect or hate our sin, then we live in ways that destroy us and destroy the people around us. Many of us, we flatter ourselves and we don't realize that we are living in sin.
We talked on Sunday about three biblical truths that can help us overcome self-deception.
1. Pray – Psalm 139:23-24
2. Listen – Proverbs 15:31-32
3. Change – James 1:22
So many people listen to the Word and then do whatever they want. Don't do that! Don't merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. What are we going to do? We are going to "do what it says."
Let’s continue to work on dropping the mask of self-deception and ask God to help you live free from the lie.