Showing posts with label Self-Deception. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self-Deception. Show all posts

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Bondage Breaker Lesson 11

 I mentioned a few other resources in tonight's lesson so I share them here for those interested:

I also feel moved to share the content of the in class Handout I presented to the in class students: 

Bondage Breaker Lesson 11 Handout


8 Ways We Can Be Deceived

1.    First, we are deceiving ourselves if we hear or read God’s Word but don’t do what it says.  (James 1:22-24; John 13:17)


2.    Second, John wrote that “if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). We are not sinless saints; we are saints who sin. (Eph 4:25-27)


3.    Third, we are deceiving ourselves if we believe that we are someone other than who we really are.  (Gal 6:3; Rom 12:3)


4.    Fourth, we are deceived if we possess worldly wisdom yet lack an eternal perspective. (1 Cor 3:18-19)


5.    Fifth, we have deceived ourselves if we think that we are mature but can’t control what we say. (James 1:26; Eph 4:29-30)


6.    Sixth, we are deceived if we think we will face no consequences for our behavior. (Gal 6:7)


7.    Seventh, we are deceived if we believe that the unrighteous will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10; Matt 7:22-23)


8.    Eighth, we are deceived if we think we are incorruptible when we associate with the wrong crowd. (1 Cor 15:33)

If you have any questions about the origin of certain mental impressions, the validity of spiritual gifts, or the credibility of those who speak for God, we encourage you to petition God with the following prayer and declaration:

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I commit myself unreservedly to You. I desire to know and do Your will. I ask You to show me the true nature of this spirit, gift, or of this person claiming to be hearing from You. If I have been deceived in any way, I pray that You will open my eyes to the deception. Lord, if these impressions or gifts are from You, or if this person is sent by You, I gladly receive the message that I may grow and be edified by it. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Declaration: Now in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by His authority, I command all deceiving spirits to depart from me, and I renounce and reject all counterfeit gifts and all other spiritual manifestations that are not from God.


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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Purity 257

Purity 257  11/05/2020           

Good morning,

Today’s photo was taken by yours truly on Merry Rd in rural Amsterdam NY. The weather was very pleasant for November and the clarity of the blue skies and the brilliance of the sun made me thank the Lord and capture the moment.

It’s Thursday again and capturing moments is related to the message I will be teaching tonight at Celebrate Freedom as I will be sharing the importance of taking continuous and periodic inventories of our progress as we attempt to live our lives according to God’s will rather than our own. 

Walking away from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups isn’t easy at first but the freedom we experience can begin to define who we are as our new life becomes clearer and clearer as we leave our former darkness in the past. 

As funny as it may sound, walking in peace and joy goes against everything we ever knew in our old lives that were defined by conflicts, struggle, reactivity, and pain.  So as we walk we want to keep an eye on what we are thinking, saying, and doing to make sure we are not slipping into those old familiar patterns of brokenness.

As an added bonus, beyond the normal lesson I will expand upon the material to discuss the role of self-deception that can play a part in our going astray.  As familiar as we are with ourselves, sometimes we knowingly make decisions that will eventually lead to negative consequences and I intend to shine a light on the processes that we may be participating in that can halt our growth or negate our progress. 

One key to avoiding self-deception is simply to speak the truth. We need to speak the truth about: who God is, who we are, where we were, and where we want to go.  When we consider all of the above and stay committed to our walk with God, we will be far less likely to fall off.

Our walk is like riding a bike, we have to keep moving those legs. We have to keep peddling. We can rest for a while and coast from time to time but if we do that too often, we will slow down, lose our balance, and fall down.  Or if we are just coasting, we will run into a hill to climb unexpectedly and not have the momentum to overcome what would have been easily surpassed had we kept our momentum.  

It may seem like we are all alone on that bike and all we do is peddle, but God is with us and sometimes when we least expect it we can suddenly encounter a Mighty Rushing Wind that comes behind us to pick us up and to move us along just when we thought we weren’t going to make it. 

So keep going, God is with you on this ride and He will be there when it brings you to a new heaven and a new earth.

 God bless you all!