Day 53 – Self-Deception

Galatians 3:7-14 (NLT)
The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. 8 What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. 10 But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” 11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” 12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.” 13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.

As we see here, faith is super important, for everything we receive from the hand of God, is received by faith. And yes, as v14 says, even the Holy Spirit is received by faith. In light of yesterday’s reading, faith is the only way we can keep ourselves from being self-deceived. When we feel we have the answers and can solve all our problems on our own without the help of God, without putting our faith in God…then we are self-deceived and susceptible to bewitching (Gal 3:1). But, when we wholly trust God (faith) to be our everything, then self can’t stick. Please get this, I’m not saying you have to think less of yourself – to think of yourself as a worm or something, what I’m saying is we must think less of self, in that we don’t become a legend in our own mind. Yes, God has blessed you with talent and abilities, but your focus is not there it’s on Him. Yes, be confident and sure of yourself, just don’t be self-absorbed, for The Joy of Spirit-Filled Life loves giving praise back to God and points to Him for the victory, not to self.