The Invisible War

Let Go of Your Self-Defeating Lies

Day 4 of the series: Devotional by Rick Warren.

Let Go of Your Self-Defeating Lies

We lie to ourselves all the time: “I haven’t gained any weight. I’m not hurting anyone. No one even noticed.”

But one lie is more dangerous than most: “It’s not really a problem.” You tell yourself that your finances aren’t a problem, your marriage isn’t in trouble, and your temper isn’t out of control.

‘If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. ‘
1 John 1:8

Lying to ourselves is the number one way we mess up our lives. The Bible says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8 NIV). Sin causes us to deceive ourselves, and deception causes us to sin.

Behind every self-defeating act in our lives is a lie we’ve believed. Either we’ve lied to ourselves or we’ve believed one of Satan’s lies. The Bible says our heart is “deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9).

You and I have an amazing ability to lie to ourselves.

So stop it! Stop rationalizing. Stop minimizing your behavior. Stop excusing. Stop tolerating.

To stop defeating yourself — doing all of those self-defeating behaviors that cripple your ability to follow Jesus faithfully — you have to stop deceiving yourself. Jesus said, “When you know the truth, the truth will set your free.” But first, the truth will make you miserable! You can’t be free from what you can’t admit exists.

You can’t beat the problem if you’re lying to yourself about it.

This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Just my thoughts after reading this devotional: I need to guard my heart, test it every morning, afternoon and evening, to see if it is in God’s will or my own. Am I following God or the World? Am I listening to the Holy Spirit or some man that claims to know God? Be cautious but be joyful because I know God. Monty Austin


3 comments on “The Invisible War”
  1. So very true and convicting. Thank-you.


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