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I was deceiving myself 😳

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked myself into buying something that pops up in my text or on Facebook – impulse buying when I don’t really need it – but I lie to myself about it!

This is a form of deception where I am led by a false appearance when something entices me to click that button!

As I continue to walk out my healing from the root of rejection, I am asking God for His wisdom on how to make sure I don’t deceive myself about any bad fruit that may still be in my life as a result.

The other morning during my quiet time I read 1 Cor. 3:18 where it says:

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.

NLT says Stop deceiving yourselves.

NET says Guard against self-deception.

GNB says No one should fool himself.

Just today it hit me that I can just as easily deceive myself as I can inadvertently allow others to deceive me if they are telling me what I want to hear. As a person who has been deceived by others in the past, and being one who can tend to deceive myself if I’m not careful, I often pray as David did from Psalm 119:29: “Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.” So, this prayer is good for both situations, to help me not to deceive myself and to protect me from being deceived by others.

As I pondered this admonishment, I wondered what other scriptures instruct us on how to guard ourselves from self-deception. So, here’s what I found … we deceive ourselves by:


“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18)


“For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:3)


“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you. O you who live in the clefts … though you make your nest high, I will bring you down from there” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 49:16)


‘Thus says the Lord, ‘Do not deceive yourselves, saying “The Chaldeans will surely go away from us,” for they will not go.’ (Jeremiah 37:9)


“If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)


“If anyone thinks himself to be religious and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26)


“Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his reward.” (Job 15:31)


I’d have to say these all stem from pride … thinking we are all that, AND a bag of chips, arrogance creating a state of denial, assuming in error that God will do whatever we declare with our words, denying the wickedness of our heart, loving to hear ourselves talk, and embracing vanity.

Deceiving ourselves often looks like playing the victim or shifting the blame. Deception minimizes bad behavior and makes excuses.

Do you have any of those behaviors? What allows you to be enticed and enter these forms of deception?

Deceiving ourselves is overcome by acknowledging the truth. You can’t shift these habits until you acknowledge them and deal with the consequences.

Take time to study the verses I listed above and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you in these areas of deception. Then, next week we will turn the tables and look at what the Word says about how we are deceived by others.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Athena Dean Holtz
Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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