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Avoiding self-deception!

Scripture reading for November 1st:  James 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  James 1:22-25  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.”  

There is a danger in being regularly exposed to God’s word.  The danger is that we hear and know about what God asks of His people but we become complacent or defiant about applying God’s word to our own lives.  This is likened to a person who looks in the mirror to examine his face for dirt but when he looks away that person forgets what he saw!  But those who look intently at God’s word in order to do it will be blessed beyond measure!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers look intently into God’s word to obey it knowing that God’s smile awaits them!  “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.”  (Proverbs 3:1-2)

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Don’t deceive yourself!

Scripture reading for November 2nd:  James 1

James was the half-brother of Jesus Christ and the pastor of the church in Jerusalem.  James wrote this letter as possibly one of the first letters of encouragement and correction taken into the body of writings known as the New Testament.  He wrote during a time of intense persecution for Jewish believers who had taken Christ as the Messiah. One of his primary concerns was deception.

“Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.  Every good and perfect gift is from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all He created.”  (James 1:16-18)

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”  (James 1:22)

“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”  (James 1:26)

In order for a person to be deceived, they must believe that information is the truth when it is, in reality, not true.  We can be ‘self-deceived’ when we choose to believe something that we want to be true, but fail to accept anything that might show it is not true.  James was warning the Jewish believers and us of the folly of deception.  We are truly in a bad state if we believe something is true that is really false and refuse to allow anyone to correct us!  Faith and obedient action must go together.  We much watch our tongues and always trust that God is good!


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