Pastor Kevin Sanders

"He must increase, but I must decrease." -John 3:30

Self Deception

Last week I preached from 2 Samuel 11—King David’s fall into sin (the message was entitled “David’s Scandal”).
Here’s one of the introductory statements I made:

We are very good at deceiving ourselves—no one is immune.

I quoted this Bible verse:

The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 
– Jeremiah 17:9

I wish this wasn’t true, but it is. I wish it wasn’t true of me, but it is.

Think back to the most embarrassing sin you ever committed. Somehow, if only for a moment, you managed to convince yourself of a lie. You disregarded God’s commandments. You hardened your heart to what God was telling you. You decided the rules didn’t apply to you.

We’ve all been there, and David was a prime example. He knew what it was like to walk with God. He trusted God to defeat giants and enemy hordes. He refused to take Saul’s life, even while Saul was pursuing him with murderous intent.

But even this great man of God deceived himself. He could have had any woman in his kingdom except Bathsheba, yet he chose her. His adultery would lead to a coldly calculated murder of one of his own faithful soldiers. He couldn’t see his own wickedness until confronted by Nathan, God’s prophet.

If it can happen to David, it can happen to any one of us. We are masters of self-deception. Accept this truth—embrace it. Doing so will free you of pretenses and allow you to see yourself as you truly are. This requires bravery—it is a frightening process. But the end result is a closer walk with God and freedom from sin.


  1. Kuya kevin, I sooo agree!

    I also wish Jeremiah 17:9 wasn’t true of me too… But then, hindi nga… Sigh.

    But thank you, thank you. This is really, very encouraging.

    I will link this article from my blog… God bless you! Ü

  2. This is a beautiful devotion.

    I’m guilty of this as well.

    God bless.

  3. It takes one to accept this reality for us to stand firm when temptations come. thanks for sharing.

  4. yeah!!! heart always decive. we are the master of our own life but if you chose to live CHRIST not anymore. so if temtation come always remember what JESUS CHRIST deed. he withstand the truth and crash the head of satan. Kuya kevin there are soo many things we didn’t know but God the one who all know with this. David is great but not all his deed led him to true peace but create strom within him. we can learn with the story of David and its true, every bodies heart can be decive when it come to teh decision making.

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