Do you ever talk yourself into thinking you can do as you please and it won’t matter?
Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the LORD our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike. The LORD will not be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the LORD and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the LORD will blot out his name from under heaven. And the LORD will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law.
(Deuteronomy 29:18-21 ESV)
God knows that self-delusion is a dangerously contagious phenomenon, and he warns us about the way it brings out a “poisonous and bitter fruit” in any society that falls into such a way of thinking. The person who hears God’s words but insists that he (she) is fine anyway because those things don’t apply to me is headed toward a catastrophic fall. The mindset that “blesses” itself and persuades itself to go right on doing as it pleases expecting to encounter no problems will find instead an avalanche of consequences sweeping it away. God’s forgiveness does not extend to intentional arrogant disobedience. Now we hear it all the time; truth depends on your individual perceptions, right and wrong simply depend on your point of view, and there are no absolutes…and everyone is ok because no one else can judge them. Be careful with that poisonous idea; God is not bound by our way of thinking!
Lord help me hear your words with an open heart and mind, help me assess my own heart according to your will and keep me from the pride that hungers for the false assurance of self-righteousness.