It is altogether possible to be tricked or misled by another and to recover from it some time afterwards. In fact it happens all the time. Many forms of deception exist and from different quarters. Hardly a day goes by that “not to be missed reductions” or “slashed to the bone” sale events are splashed on T.V. screens, broadcast on radios, or found in material left on your doorstep. These are not harmful in themselves when met with sound judgement. Sometimes though, we fall for something that looks just too good to pass up but later we come to regret our decision to buy that particular product, especially after finding out that the same thing was either cheaper somewhere else or that we really did not need it. Under such circumstances, the term “caveat emptor”, let the buyer beware, comes to mind. The caveat in the Scriptures instructs us to be continually on guard against ploys and deceptions from false teachers and charlatans. Seeing that they still exist today is good reason to continue to be vigilante.

But the Bible speaks of a different fraud than that which can be foisted upon us from external influences. It is a fraud that originates from within. Self-deceit is something that we do to ourselves, believing a lie and learning to live with it. Often accompanied by pride, the longer self-deception continues the worse the condition becomes. For that reason a man must examine himself often. The Scriptures are the measurement by which the Believer compares himself. The use of the tongue for instance is not something to be taken lightly when you consider what James says: If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (James 1:26) No matter how religious you may think you are, use the tongue for evil, and your Christianity is a farce. Self-deception can be so insipid that the infected soul may see little wrong to be in such a state. For the Christian to return to a life of blessing means that he must deal honestly with God and His Word. Always obey the Scriptures, and where you have not, simply seek forgiveness and commit yourself to the Word, no matter the consequences. Be sincere and ask God to search you to reveal hidden sin and courage to deal with it.

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