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Vain Imaginations and Lying to Ourselves


Vain Imaginations and Lying to Ourselves

One of the biggest roadblocks, or "stumbling block," as scripture calls it, we face in our spiritual walk is the fact that we cannot only lie to ourselves but also believe our own lies.


"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?" - Jeremiah 17:9

We sometimes lie to ourselves because we cannot face the truth. Unable to take on the responsibility and work that the truth may bring to us. It becomes easier to believe the lie and remain complacent in our lives.


Sometimes, this happens because we lack knowledge or understanding of the word of God.


"The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his way, But the foolishness of fools is deceit." - Proverbs 14:8

Sometimes, we know the word of God but ignore it in hopes of not having to deal with difficult truths, thus not being "doers" of God's word.


"But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." - James 1:22

"If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;" - 1 John 1:6

Sometimes, we reject the truth, not only because we feel it is too much to "deal with" or accept, but to continue the illusion of truth we have built around us in our lives and create our own reality, where we no longer have to deal with seemingly overwhelming issues. This is referred to in scripture as "vain imaginations" and pride.


"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise." - 1 Corinthians 3:18

"For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself." - Galatians 6:3

Whenever we think we know more than scripture or consider ourselves more "wise," we deceive ourselves. When we believe we have control or create illusions for ourselves to avoid difficulties in this life, we deceive ourselves.


Our vain imaginations may create the illusion we desire to keep us from facing the uncomfortable or seemingly insurmountable truth. However, ignoring scripture and closing your eyes to the reality around you in hopes of avoiding the difficulties will not change reality, and there will still be consequences.


"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." - Galatians 6:7

"Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his reward." - Job 15:31

The grand illusion of deceiving yourself may give you a brief respite from reality, but if you allow it to go on, you will only suffer from the consequences of what you were trying to avoid.


"Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must test himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world." 1 Corinthians 11:27-32

Let us stand outside ourselves and judge ourselves through the eyes of scripture. Pray the Lord allows you to see the truth in the matter and guide His word in you so that you may have the strength in Him to overcome whatever you face in this world rather than fool yourself into thinking there is nothing to deal with. Ignoring the reality will always lead to pain and suffering. In contrast, the truth of God's Holy Word will always bring peace and healing.




To discover more about spiritual maturity and what may be keeping you from growing in the Lord, check out my latest book, Drowning in Milk: A Guide to Spiritual Maturity, available now on Amazon.


I wrote this book to help Christians recognize the symptoms of spiritual immaturity and identify the possible root cause to remove the stumbling block from our growth in the Lord.


It is filled with scripture that both describes what the spiritually mature and immature act like and what the bible suggests be done about it.


I believe this book will help anyone who wishes to grow closer to the Lord, mature spiritually, and, through understanding scripture and oneself, successfully navigate a life that continuously places us around others who may not be mature in the Lord.


I believe by focusing on our own spiritual maturity, we will not only be able to have a deeper relationship with God but also become equipped to help others mature through mentoring, studies, and small group discussions.


This is why I put a Bible Study and Small Group Discussion at the end of the book. Drowning in Milk: A Guide to Spiritual Maturity is a great tool for Christian growth, and I believe it is an excellent tool for any Christian or pastor to have as a reference in their library.


Grab your copy today! Don't forget this would make a great Christmas gift as well!


Drowning in Milk: A Guide to Spiritual Maturity by Rev. Bruce A. Shields


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