Reverend Tom Ascol said, “Self-deception is an insidious condition. You will never meet a person who knows he is self-deceived. By definition, those ensnared are completely unaware that they are.”
The self-deceived are often used to defy truth and reason. They employ weapons of absurdity and irrationality, yet they believe in their causes as strongly as the righteous. But when lies are unshackled from the mouths of the unjust and truth is stomped by corruption, when the innocent are assailed and wickedness is endorsed, when faith is pretentious and God is mocked, sin will abound, and… we grieve.
There is a great uneasiness that comes to God’s true followers in the face of such senselessness. We shake our heads with wonder. We pray. We wait for His intervention and deliverance, but more… we learn.
We look to Jesus and learn of His grace. The Lord wants us all to make it and He is not only thoughtful, but He is proactive about it. Where the law identified and demanded punishment for sin, through our belief in Jesus’ extraordinary sacrifice on the cross, we obtain grace.
Grace is that wholly sustaining quiescent stay between where we are now and God’s unachieved expectation for us. Those who do not cling to vain beliefs or worthless idols will learn of it. God’s amazing grace intensifies against the increase of sin; it powerfully liberates, and it allows endless opportunity for change.
So, while the self-deceived may promote sin in our circles, families, government, and world, we gather our best intentions and our strongest prayers, and we bring our teachable-selves to Jesus. We go to the One who has given us strength, considered us faithful, and has appointed us to His service (1Timothy 1:12). We accept His amazing grace and … we believe. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Jonah 2:8 NIV “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs…”
Romans 5:20-21 NIV The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Hebrews 4:16 NIV Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 8/8/2009 3:14 PM