From the February 2015 Trumpet Print Edition »
Here is a simple test to find out—and a straightforward solution.
Did you know that you can hear the Word of God—and at the same time, deceive yourself? Out of everyone on Earth, very few ever even hear the true Word of God. And a great majority who do actually deceive themselves.
Self-deceit destroys your happiness and deprives you of blessings. It makes your Bible muddled and confusing in many ways—in fact, God says He will actually hide His revelation from you!
However, if you overcome self-deceit, you will have a strong spiritual house that can weather any storm. Your life will overflow with joy and happiness, and God will pour out blessings on you. You will understand your Bible better. These are all promises from God!
So, are you deceiving yourself? How can you know? And how can you break away from self-deceit?
Here is the plain, direct answer from your Bible: “[B]e ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
You deceive yourself by hearing and not doing. And you break free of that deceit by doing God’s Word.