Self-Deception Puts You in Danger
- Date: October 5, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” (Galations 5:14-15)
- From No Greater Love
Turn to Galatians, Chapter 5. He's talking about the liberty they have from the law, and how they're to walk in the Spirit and not trust in anything in the flesh. They can't trust in circumcision for their righteousness. It's by grace through faith that we're saved. Then he comes down here, and he says, "You guys have run well." See verse 7. "But who's hindering you now? Don't fall back into a trust in the law and works." Then he makes an interesting statement in verse 9. He says, "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." A little leaven leavens the whole lump. "Don't let any of that Judaizing come back in. Don't let anything that's contrary to the truth come into your midst. You've been running well. Keep your act together." Then he says in verse 13, " For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."
You've been called unto liberty. We can walk in the Spirit. There's latitude for us, although we have one mind, and we're to keep one doctrine. There's latitude for how we're walking these things out. There's the aspect of conscience, but conscience doesn't let you disobey the Word of God. You've been called to liberty, but don't use your liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Galatians 5:14). It's very simple. We've all dealt with that, but look at verses 15 and 16. "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Walk in the Spirit, and there will be no envy, strife, or divisions among you. If you're walking in the Spirit, those cannot be part of your life. But if you're in the flesh, your flesh will come and dominate your spirit. Many of us seem to think that the spirit man will rise up triumphant at all times. On a daily basis, we prove that that's not so. The spirit man rules when you're dead, but the minute you start usurping, the minute you start using your soul to make your decisions, the spirit man withdraws himself. You've grieved him, the Scripture says. He'll leave you to yourself, and here's what self does. Self brings you verse 20. We always like to talk about the adultery, fornication, the shameless excesses of sensual living, idolatry, and witchcraft, but look at what's in that same list: variance, divisions, emulations, jealousies, anger with one another, strife, envies, and seditions, that self-separation that we're very aware of. He says, "Well, that's just kind of my personality. That's how I am. I tend to get angry more than others. It takes me longer to forgive. I'm not saying I'm holding a grudge, but you know." "…[But] they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:21).
We're not just talking about seeming like a fellowship in harmony so that the Spirit of God can move among us. We're talking about the fact that you think you're right. You think you're mature. You think you're the man. Your decisions are right, and he says you're probably not even going to make it to heaven. "Well, don't tell me I'm not going to heaven. I know what's in my heart." I'm not telling you. I just read it here. If those conflicts are in your life, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. These things are on every list that God gives of the things He hates and the things that will keep you from His presence. This is a dangerous thing.