Your Question! God’s Answer- Self Deception Is A Fatal Flaw

Question:      I believe it isn’t necessary to deal with issues.  Why can’t I just ignore them?     

Answer:         Many individuals believing ignoring problems is a proper way of dealing with problems, but it is not.  This is real self- deception and it is a fatal flaw.  These individuals go through numerous relationships and cannot understand why they are not able to retain them.  They are not able because ignoring relationships is destroys relationships. 

Self-deception is a defense mechanism individuals use to protect themselves, but doing so is living a lie.  Some examples in which self-deception is employed are abusive marriages, addictions, family dysfunction, etc.  The truth is they are not protecting themselves, but causing themselves more harm by not getting the help they need.  Galatians 6:7 states, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  The Matthew Henry Commentary page 658 says, “He supposes it as a very possible for a man to think himself something when in truth he is nothing.  Such a one does, but deceive himself.  While he deceives others by pretending to what he does not have, he puts the greatest cheat on himself.  He is neither free from mistakes not will he be more the secure against temptations for the good opinion he has of his own sufficiency, but rather the more liable to fall into them.”

Individuals are to come out of deception and walk in truth.  John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make ye free.”  It is not an easy thing to admit the truth about your marriage, yourself or your family, but it is the only path to being free and whole.

                        Friends, choose truth.  Choose family and friends.  Choose to see the good and not the bad in each other.  Help each other.  Do good for others not thinking about yourself first.  Pray the following prayer to begin to come out of deception and walk in truth:

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for trying to myself by self- deceiving.  I renounce the lie that ignoring problems resolves them.   Help me to walk in truth and righteousness in order to resolve problems and not protect myself wrongly.  Thank You for Your forgiveness.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Tammy Nation

Master of Arts, Clinical Christian Counseling Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, NCCA Advanced Certifications in Crisis and Abuse Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy

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