Thursday, January 7, 2021

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 January 2021


Worst Kind of Deception

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.(Galatians 6:3)


Today’s Morsel: The worst kind of deception there is would be self-deception.  When you make yourself believe that you are something that you are not, you can deceive yourself.   Self-conceit can cause hindrance to forbearance, (mercy, patience, tolerance) and sympathy (compassion, empathy, kindness, support) towards others.  Therefore, it must be let go and laid aside.  As Christians, we are called to be loving, not to be c0nceited, and to think that we are better than others.  We must be doers of God’s word or we can deceive ourselves.  David said of the wicked, “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.(Psalms 36:1-2)  In other words, he puts such an exalted estimate on himself, he so overrates himself and his own ability in judging of what is right and proper, that he is allowed to pursue a course which ultimately makes his conduct detestable to all people; And the result is so apparent and so repulsive, that no one can doubt what he himself is.  The foundation or the basis of all this is haughtiness and a conceited confidence in himself, in his own importance; in his own judgment; in his own ability to direct his own course regardless of God.  Don't be deceived, for whatsoever a man sows that will he also reap.  Don’t get sanctimonious.  Even Jack and Jill fell down the hill.


Sing: Let Jesus lead you.  Let Jesus lead you. All the way from earth to glory, let Jesus lead you always the way.


Thought For Today: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.(1 John 1:8)

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