A week ago, I was amazed at how many people seem to be blinded to the truth that is all around them. Were they gullible or naive? Or, were they too afraid to admit the truth about themselves and the world in which they live?

I don’t recall asking anything of God, but maybe I did because at around 11:54 pm that night, the Lord responded. He said these people were “self-deceived.” I made a note of what the Lord said and never thought about it again, until He brought it back to me this morning.

What does it mean to be “self-deceived?”

According to Merriam-Webster, to deceive means to “cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.” It can also mean, “to make someone believe something that is not true: to practice deceit, or to give a false impression.” Again, according to that same source, self-deceived means “to deceive oneself especially concerning oneself.”

Deceiving one’s self is like putting on blinders and stopping up the ears, refusing to acknowledge the truth. Who are you listening to? Do you even know the truth any more? This morning the Lord reminded me of the scripture passage in Romans Chapter One, beginning with verse 18. “For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth.”

Are you suppressing the truth by your wicked [twisted] thoughts and ways? That would make you a liar and deceiver. Then, according to Jesus, God is not your Father, the devil is your father (John 8:44). Whose report will you believe? If God is your Father, believe Him above all other voices. It’s time to repent! Come out of deception and live in God’s truth!

“The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by Professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth.”

I Timothy 4:1 The Message Bible