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Self Decetpion

1 Corthians 3:18

Hook:

  • Have you ever been deceived by a product, friend, family member?
  • A better question to ask, have you ever intentionally decieved anyone?
    • Aim: to become aware of deception in our lives made to us or made by us.
  • 1 Corthians 3:18
    • Tells us that we ought not to deceive ourselves.
    • We decieve our selves when we think we are worldly wise; for example, getting over on people.
    • The word tells us that we ought to reject the deceptive worldly wisdom and accept it as foolishness.  We ought to seek Godly wisdom which is integrity, honesty, and truth.
  • Revelation 3:17:
    • Describes the deception of the Laodicean Church that had fallen into believing that their wealth made them have no need; however, they were pitiful, poor, blind, and naked in God's sight.  They were self decieved in thinking that their outside richness gave them.

Introduction:

  • Galations 6:3
    • Discusses that a believer ought to keep it realistic in their preception of them selves.  We are not to think of ourselves as something that we are not.

Outline:

  • Discuss Concepts:
    • The Defintion of deception.
    • Greek Word exapatao (1818) /deception: 2Corinthians 11:3
      • 1818: Five occurrences; AV translates as “deceive” four times, and “beguile” once. 1 to deceive. AV Authorized Version

James Strong, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible : Showing Every Word of the Text of the Common English Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurrence of Each Word in Regular Order., electronic ed. (Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship., 1996). G1818.

      • The serpent decieved Eve by tricks deception, so can our mind be lured away form sincere pure devotion to Christ.
      • A key point to discuss is the clear point the devil decieves.  In all circumstances surrounding deceptions exists one major point, the serpent is the father of deception or the father of lies.  In other words, when we are deceived either by outside influnces or we are the deceptors, we are operaitng in the diablolic realm. 
    • Another Greek Word used for deception is Paralogizomai (3884) found in Colossians 2:4 which is similar as exapatao which means to seduce wholly, decive.
      • 3884:  Two occurrences; AV translates as “beguile” once, and “deceive” once. 1 to reckon wrong, miscount. 2 to cheat by false reckoning. 2a to deceive by false reasoning. 3 to deceive, delude, circumvent. AV Authorized Version

James Strong, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible : Showing Every Word of the Text of the Common English Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurrence of Each Word in Regular Order., electronic ed. (Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship., 1996). G3884.

    • Jame 1:22: we don't wan to deceive ourselves; we ought to be doer of the word.
    • Furthermore, the Greek word Apoplanao signifies to go astry, it is used as metaphore in lead to error.
      • For example; 1 Timothy 6:10 and Mark 13:22-23
        • Mark 13:22-23 reinforces the concept that deception is dibolical.
    • Decieved in Hebrew: Rama which means betrayal or cunningness. The verb form is Dolos.
  • How to avoid deception:
    • Recognize you stiuation
      • The Corinthians believed themselves to be the intelectual elite of the Christian, in 1 Cor. 3:18, Paul invites them to recognized their ingnorace, so they can become wise.
      • Job 5:13 The worldy wise traps are caught and revealed.
      • Psalm 94:11 God knows everybody thoughts are vain.
    • Do not make comparisons
      • The vanity over acheivments, in comparisons over other persons, only brings arrogance.
      • Psalm 7:14-15
      • Galatians 6:3-5:  If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ga 6:3-5.
      • One should not have a false reality of one self
        • Revlation 3:17:You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Re 3:17.
        • Hosea 12:8:  Ephraim boasts,

“I am very rich; I have become wealthy.

With all my wealth they will not find in me

any iniquity or sin.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ho 12:8.

        • 1 Peter 2:1
        • James 1:21
        • Daniel 4:29-33:  Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”

31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Da 4:29-33.

    • Have your feet planted on the earth:
      • Roman 12:3: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ro 12:3.
      • Prudent, good sense, moederation, and judement
        • Isaiah 32:4  The mind of the rash will know and understand,

and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear

The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Is 32:4.

        • Mark 5:15
          • When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Mk 5:15.
    • Conclusion
      • while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. The Holy Bible : New International Version, electronic ed. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 2 Ti 3:13.

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