Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading the book of Jeremiah and one verse in particular has truly captured my thoughts and inspired me to write about deception and how it affects the way we think. The verse is as follows:
“This is what the Lord says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not! (Jeremiah 37:9 NIV)
Thing is we deceive ourselves, people deceive us and so do situations. I'm sure you familiar with the saying 'Don't count your chickens before they hatch' well unfortunately it's human nature to spin a situation around to suit us. I do it all the time and sometimes I blame it on positive thinking but deception is an entirely different ball game. Self deception leads to excuses, false hope and depression. It is the ultimate soul crusher. We always plan 5 steps ahead but if you struggling to get past step 1, change your direction and focus on something healthier and better for you.
I've decided to make a list of common deceptions we fool ourselves into believing:
1. I know he likes me but he is to shy or can't be with me.
Fact is if he wanted to be with you he would've made every effort to be with you. So stop making excuses pick yourself up and move on to greener pastures.
2. This type of drug or that type of drug isn't as bad as the others
You still doing the deed, it doesn't matter what you do you still altering your state of mind, there is moral lines you have to draw in your life and walking the line is just as bad as crossing it.
3. Deceiving yourself into becoming someone you not, liking things you don't truly like just to feel accepted by the people around you.
Truth be told you've had the same friends for many years, they already know who you are and if they good friends they should know your ins and outs. If you have to change who you are to fit in with them then it's time to make other groups of friends. Easier said than done?
4. Deceiving yourself into thinking you free from the devil's attacks.
The devil is the master of deceit, he makes you doubt your faith, doubt your reasons for doing right, doubt that you have any real purpose or calling in life. He sends people into your life to feed you with empty promises, and to pressure you into doing things that are morally incorrect. Pray for freedom against deception from the devil and keep praying for it. It's been working for me and I'm sure it will work for you
We need to learn to face facts, we can't change the inevitable, things are going to happen no matter how hard we try to fight destiny! Make peace with the situation and move on, remember there is always a better option we just have to change our perspective to notice it. You beautiful and bold, don't deceive yourself into settling for anything less than perfection!