WHO ARE YOU FOOLING
by Jide Oboise
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If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. - (1 John 1:8)
I think the word “hypocrite” is misused a lot. For example, if you happen to be hammering away on something and suddenly miss the nail and hit your thumb, you might scream out a word that you should not have. And if a non-believer overhears you, he or she will most likely call you a hypocrite. ..This is where being renewed after being born again is involved
Does this make you a hypocrite? I don’t think so. I believe you are just being the ‘human’ that you are.
I am not excusing sin and do not intend to condone it nor compromise God’s standards; I am just taking us to a point of wisdom that the Bible talks about. We are all sinners but for Jesus’ blood, ALL would end up in hell fire.
Christians do still sin, unfortunately more often than we should, because so many depend on the power of human intellect and logical thinking than depending on the strength of the Holy Spirit to survive this world and its inherent disposition to sin.
The Bible says, “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:8–9).
Without the help of the Holy Spirit, It is only a matter of time until we fall short again in some way because our adversary does not rest he’s prowling as they say, 24/7. This is the flaw right from the ‘fall’ in Eden.
A hypocrite is different. Originally, the word “hypocrite” simply meant “actor.” In the dramas of early Greece, an actor would hold a mask in front of his face as he was portraying a character. When the mask was in front of his face, he was the hypocrite. It wasn’t a negative word.
To call someone a hypocrite today, however, is a criticism—even an insult.
Judas was a hypocrite. He pretended to be something he was not. So it is when we act as though we are Christians and we are not. We may fool a few people. We may even fool some of the people all of the time. But we never will fool God any of the time.
The husband who deals treacherously with cunning and deceit, with his wife is not fooling the wife but himself, he is only digging a grave of doom for himself (Malachi 2: 13-16 ); he calls himself a Christian but gallivants with ladies of all shades and colours even producing an unholy child(bastard?) out of wedlock from his liaisons.
The wife who uses trickery as a weapon in marriage to control her man is walking out of God’s will in her role as a supportive helper but manifesting the Jezebel Spirit; many today are in this category even extending their demonic, manipulative rule over the lives of their children thereby holding them captive and in spiritual bondage often from the cradle to the grave (unless such find the way of truth and go and be delivered), the culprits do not deceive God in their diabolical power-wielding but deceive themselves of the fact that their cup shall soon be full before the Lord of ALL.
Pastors (?) deceive whole congregations, friends, colleagues et al are not true to each other, sisters deceive their brothers and vice versa (biological and in-Christ), trust is a word that is almost going out of existence in relationships.
Deceit is a wicked act and often it can attract and bring danger to the innocent deceived and for the deceiver, biblical Jacob lived a lifetime of deceit which his name connotes, always playing a fast one on everyone that he met or had contact with, trying to outwit all and sundry but when he met one who was like him but faster in Laban, his brethren who made him work for several years but reneged on their agreement and gave him the ‘wrong’ wife.
Jacob’s name changed and so did his life, all the years of fastness and running eventually ceased when he met with and held on to God to change and bless him …Genesis 29.
Have you come to their realization and acceptance that all your life has been a lie and untruths are a ‘normal’ way of living for you?
You sneak and connive always to be ahead of everyone in any kind of relationship that you find yourself; marriage, church, among siblings, in the work place and so on
You can’t just help yourself because yours could be generational like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, acquired because of environmental factors and how you were raised (survival of the fittest aggression, especially in polygamous settings), it could also be learnt from wrong counsel in relationships that you get involved with
To get delivered is to accept to yourself that there is something WRONG, you need a change and the step of prayer and deliverance but remember though that… certain types of problems do not go away except by prayer and fasting even involving a minister versed in the ‘field’ of DELIVERANCE!
The acceptance factor is needed for the ‘true’ believer because so many live in the limbo of delusion that all is perfect or that the other person(s) is the problem.
King James Version (KJV)
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
God is more than able to deliver and to save just call upon Him in trouble, be humble and declare your ‘helplessness’ and He has promised to arise and fight those tough battles for you.
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