TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
“And we know He lives in us because the Spirit He gave us lives in us.”
1 John 3:24 (NLT2)
A traveler, between flights at an airport, went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies. Then she sat down and began reading a newspaper. Gradually, she became aware of a rustling noise. From behind her paper, she was flabbergasted to see a neatly dressed man helping himself to her cookies. Not wanting to make a scene, she leaned over and took a cookie herself.
A minute or two passed, and then came more rustling. He was helping himself to another cookie! By this time, they had come to the end of the package, but she was so angry she didn’t dare allow herself to say anything. Then, as if to add insult to injury, the man broke the remaining cookie in two, pushed half across to her, and ate the other half and left. Still fuming sometime later when her flight was announced, the woman opened her handbag to get her ticket. To her shock and embarrassment, there she found her pack of unopened cookies! (Dutch Sheets)
How often have you been convinced that you were right about something only to realize later that you were wrong? Perhaps one of the most destructive deceptions is self-deception. One definition of self-deception is “the action or practice of allowing oneself to believe that a false or unvalidated feeling, idea, or situation is true.” Many of our worst and most destructive decisions have been the result of thinking something was true, good or better that ultimately wasn’t.
Based on 1 John 3:24, God’s antidote for self-deception is to place the Holy Spirit inside of every follower of Christ. In John 16:7 Jesus said, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.” Think about that. Jesus said it’s better for you that I leave so you can have the Holy Spirit. That’s huge!
Take some time and read more about why the Holy Spirit is so important in John 16:7-15. Underline the verbs in that passage that describe the action of the Holy Spirit. What have you heard God’s Spirit say to you lately? Ask God to use the Holy Spirit to keep you from deceiving yourself about what’s good and true for you. Ask Him to give you a sensitivity and willingness to hear what the Spirit is saying to you.