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From the beginning Satan has been a deceiver. In the Garden of Eden he deceived Eve and he has been deceiving mankind ever since.

Now don't take me wrong for what I am about to say. I am not defending Satan. He is a liar and a deceiver. But what I am saying is this: sometimes we are deceived and it is not Satan who deceives us.

First Corinthians 3:18 says, "Let no one deceive himself." And in 1 John 1:8 it says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." We can see clearly from these two verses that it is possible to deceive ourselves.

But how do we deceive ourselves anyway?

Once again let's go to the Word. James 1:22-25 says, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."

So, according to the Bible, a man who hears the Word and does not do it, deceives himself. Because he hears the Word of God, he has convinced himself that everything is okay. The reality however is that everything is not okay. He just thinks it is. Therefore he has deceived himself.

In Matthew 7:24, Jesus tells the story of two men who built houses. One man, a wise man, built his house on the rock and when the storms came, his house withstood the storms.

The other man, a foolish man, built his house on the sand. When the storms came, his house was destroyed. Jesus said the man who built his house on the rock was like someone who hears His sayings and does them. He compared the foolish man who built his house on the sand to a man who heard His sayings and did not do them.

Both men built houses and probably both houses looked good. Both men heard the sayings of Jesus and that's good. But when the storms came, only the house built on the rock, only the man who acted on what he heard, survived.

Acting on the Word of God is what we call FAITH.

We must not deceive ourselves. Hearing the Word of God without acting on the Word can be deadly. God didn't give us His Word just so we would be highly educated. Education is good. It's a good thing to read and study God's Word, but without action it profits us nothing. That's what the scribes and Pharisees did at the time of Jesus and Jesus rebuked them for their hypocrisy.

So, we have a choice to make. Do we hear the Word and sit back and say, "That sounds pretty good" and do nothing? Or, do we hear the Word and then act on what we hear?

A doer of the Word is someone who prays for the sick. A doer of the Word is someone who forgives. A doer of the Word is someone who loves those who don't love in return. A doer of the Word is someone who casts out demons. A doer of the Word is someone who has not deceived himself.

Larry Ollison Ministries
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Author Biography

Larry Ollison
Web site: Walk On the Water Faith Church
Dr. Larry Ollison is founder and Senior Pastor of Walk on the Water Faith Church and founder of Larry Ollison Ministries. With over forty years in the ministry, he is a very popular speaker nationally and internationally and ministers the Word of Faith through radio, television, Internet, and daily e-mail devotionals. As the author of eight books (including The Power of Grace, The Practical Handbook for Christian Living, Breaking the Cycle of Offense, Life is in the Blood, and recently released The Paradise of God), he is in frequent demand for radio/TV interviews, book signings, and magazine publications.

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