Self-deception

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By Dave Henning / May 26, 2014

“If a person is wrong about being right with God, then ultimately it doesn’t matter what he or she is right about.”- Donald Whitney

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.- Romans 10:8-9

In Chapter 7 (“The Relationship Defined”) of Not a Fan, author Kyle Idleman tells of the time he was returning to Louisville from a quick trip to Cincinnati.  Pastor Idleman turned up the radio and was enjoying the one-hour trip home, only to discover that, right near Cincinnati, he had missed the turn-off to Louisville, absentmindedly taking the route to Lexington.  He never had considered the possibility that he was on the wrong road.

The author then poses a question that is essential for us to contemplate on our desert, transformational journey: “Does your life reflect what you say you believe?”

Pastor Idleman emphasizes that biblical belief is not merely something that we confess verbally; biblical belief is something we confess with our lives.  Kyle recalls reading an article by a secular psychiatrist addressing patient beliefs that had no basis in reality.  Yet, the essence of that article has significance for Christians:

“A belief, no matter how sincere, if not reflected in reality isn’t a belief, it’s a delusion.”

Today’s question: As you journey toward revitalization of your ministry or vocation, to what degree is your life a reflection of your faith?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Coming after or holding back?”

 

 

 

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