Tag Archive | self-deception

Jeremiah 16:19 ” O Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, ‘Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.’ “

Over the course of history there hasn’t been anything made by man that could take the place of Jesus Christ.  From the wooden statues overlaid with gold to the modern-day idols we chase after today…they are and will always be fraudulent, deceitful, and totally worthless.   I Samuel 12:21 warns us, “Do not turn away after useless idols.”  For anytime we take God off His throne and place a man-made object there instead, we’re putting our trust in ourselves. And no man-made idol has or will ever have the power to save our souls…only Jesus can do that.

Revelation 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 Apostle John was addressing the Church in Laodicea, a city known as a great banking center for the region.  In this Scripture, John was reprimanding the Church for its misplaced trust.  Rather than relying on the Lord, they were boasting in their own wealth and independence… and he was exhorting  them to realize just how deceived they were putting their faith in money, and not God.  Therefore, anytime we rely totally on ourselves and our own abilities…we’re essentially telling God, “I can do it myself, I don’t need You!”  And this can be a very dangerous situation to be in…for it’s a place of self-deception, pride, and potential falling away.