O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us
You’re kidding yourself! No, really–you are. What are you going to do about it?
In self-deception you’re both the deceiver and the deceived—you talk yourself into a lie. But SD is so frequent you don’t even notice it.
Examples abound. I tell myself I can indulge my lust and still have high morals. Although I’m all for good nutrition, I tell myself it’s OK to eat lots of sugars and fats. (Anyway, next week I’ll start my diet.) When I was a pilot, I convinced myself I could beat the odds and fly through bad weather–a practice I condemned in other pilots.
St. Paul feels my pain: “…what I do is not the good I want to do.” (Rom 7:19). Vintage SD—no big deal, really—except when it leads to disaster. In dating, SD can lead to sexual immorality and a broken heart. In nutrition, SD can lead to frail health and an early death. In aviation, SD can lead to a fatal accident.
Where does SD come from? It comes from my split will. My “will” is not single; it’s more like a food fight among dysfunctional members of a board. The voices of reason get out-shouted by the short-sighted members who favor easy-feel-good over hard-but-better.
What to do?
- I need to tell myself the truth, to admit that I’m a sucker for SD.
- I need faithful people around me to correct and warn me (for example, an accountability group).
- I need to remember: God is true; I’m not.
As St. Paul says, “…the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2). Not my SD “truth,” but God’s.
3 thoughts on “Get Thee Behind Me Satan—and Push”
We can (me) become self-absorbed easily. If we do, we soon find we are not greatness.
We can hurt others creativity, expression, crash their self esteem. Focus on God’s Word. Learn it. Live it. Yes, Kick Satan in the touosh. He is defeated by our Savior. Ver
3 good points there in your ‘What To Do’ section, Jim!
Jim, a pointed and hard hitting article. Thank you.