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Decieving Yourself

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Decieving Yourself

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Deceiving Yourself

1 Corinthians 3:18 KJV 1900
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.
1c or 18
With the spirit of conflict and disunity in the Church Paul is telling the leaders to recognize self-deception.
We must all light to the Bible!
These folks were pride and puffed up and had been deceived into worldly thinking
Deception - something that deceives or is intended to deceive; fraud; artifice.
Paul now returns to the subject of wisdom and warns the believers not to be deceived into thinking that the wisdom of this human age is sufficient for obtaining salvation and for building up the church of God.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 10: Romans through Galatians 3. Complete Dependence on God, Not Men (3:18–23)

Paul now returns to the subject of wisdom and warns the believers not to be deceived into thinking that the wisdom of this human age is sufficient for obtaining salvation and for building up the church of God. Rather, if some Christian thinks himself to be wise by this world’s standards, he must renounce dependence on this wisdom so that he may really receive God’s wisdom (v. 18).

Paul now returns to the subject of wisdom and warns the believers not to be deceived into thinking that the wisdom of this human age is sufficient for obtaining salvation and for building up the church of God.
Rather, if some Christian thinks himself to be wise by this world’s standards, he must renounce dependence on this wisdom so that he may really receive God’s wisdom (v. 18).
Deception Illustration - If you hear something enough is will be come true
Football illustration - 1977 coming off a great year and ranked #4 in the state of Florida ..... presss clippings, pre-season awards, pictures etc...
the only problem we had not played a game.
Deception - we evaluate our self based on wordly standards.
Christ and His work on the cross totally left out of the equation
Illustration - you can get away with it.
examples of self deception
Lying
Adultery
Stealing
Stealing -Pete cash register
Stop it now !
Psalm 139:7–12 KJV 1900
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, And thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; Even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; But the night shineth as the day: The darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

I Self Deception is Destructive

1 Corinthians 3:18–19 KJV 1900
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. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
lets look at verses where self deception is specifically mentioned:
Galatians 6:7 KJV 1900
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
gal 6.7
You reap what you sow!
The destructiveness of Deception
We Reap Only What Has Been Sown
you reap more than you sow
We Reap the Same In Kind As We Sow
We Reap in a Different Season than We Sow
We Reap More Than We Sow
We Reap In Proportion to What We Sow
Illustration - ignore Gods word and reap a whirlwind
1c or

II Self Deception is Detected

1 Corinthians 3:20–21 KJV 1900
And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1 cor 3.20-
It will all be revealed
High School - you are a great student and straight A
But you are basing that on a standard that is not realistic.
College the standard of what you know is revealed and it is a fraud.
Exploring 1 Corinthians: An Expository Commentary Part 2: Divisions in the Church (1 Corinthians 1:10–4:21)

Paul reveals the futility of self-deception (1 Cor. 3:19–20). In the first place, God sees through the crafty man: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness” (3:19). The quotation is from the book of Job (Job 5:13)

God sees and know it all
1 Corinthians 6:9–10 KJV 1900
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9 KJV 1900
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1cor
God know you thoughts and actions and all will be revealed.
God know you thoughts and actions and all will be revealed.
You may not see it but he does.
Cameras over registers at Giant Eagle - they see and record everything
Sin will be judged and all will be required to give an account
sin will be judged and all will be required to give an account
This wisdom reflects the mind of Satan and is foolish in God’s sight.

Paul supported this fact by quoting from Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11. The members needed to see that the practice of boasting (1 Cor. 3:21) about ministers was similarly a self-centered spirit

This self deception will be detected and found out.
What is the best way to avid this?
Glorying in men steals from God’s Glory!

III Self- Deception is Defrauding

1 Corinthians 3:21–22 KJV 1900
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1 Cor 3.
1 Corinthians 3:21–23 KJV 1900
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
This self deception is defrauding God
This self deception is defrauding God
Glorying men
Deuteronomy 11:16–17 KJV 1900
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.
Deut 11.1
Paul is telling them they are defrauding God
We are Christ and Christ is God’s
What a relief and a stabilizing truth.
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 KJV 1900
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We are his not our own
Illustration - taking credit for something you did not do......
Colleen Chemistry lab -
Auburn Chemistry lab - work together and present to class
Took Credit for something that was not His work!
Self deception will
Put in places that will wreak your life
Will put you to sleep spirituall
Will hurt others
Will be remedied by a reminder from God
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