Spirit & Life Devotional
Monday, May 18
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
No Need For Self Deception
Galatians 6:3 NKJV "For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself."
We deceive ourselves in different ways; like James said, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." Another way we deceive ourselves is by doing what Paul said, thinking ourselves to be something when we are actually nothing. Have you heard people ask, "Do you know who I am?" If you were that great you wouldn't need an introduction!
Proverbs 13:7 says, "There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches." And it's true! It's all make-believe most times, there are people who use all they have just to look good, but there's really nothing else; you'll know that when there's a crisis. There are some others who are truly wealthy, who you can never know by their looks, or even their cars and houses they live in. They don't make noise, but they are powerful.
What's the point? Romans 12:3 says we should not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, but to think soberly. 1 Corinthians 4:7 says, "For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?" Jesus allowed God to announce Him to the world; He didn't go about letting everyone know who He was while on earth. God wants to make you truly great, but you must first learn to humble yourself under His mighty hand. You're not the first to occupy that office, to make an achievement, or to own properties and a business; don't let those things make you misbehave to your fellow men and to God. Let's stay humble and honour one another.