Do not fool yourself.

Scriptural Readings:

Ephesians 5:15-18, Psalms 14:1, I Timothy 4:1-2
I Peter 1:16.

Believing is essential for everyone. Believe it or not, deciding is the most time-consuming part of our lives. We base our decisions on what is true. It is challenging for us to trust specific things easily. It is okay to disagree with what our eyes have seen, but not everyone. Life is loaded and packed with doubts. Facts and evidence are the only things that bridge doubt and unbelief.

Ephesians 5:15-18

King James Version

V.15 See then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

New Living Translation

V.15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

We live with truth and lies. We have to know these concepts. But for Christians, we are told to conduct ourselves wisely. How can we live wisely? And how can we keep ourselves sensible if we do not know the distinction between truth and lies? By not being a fool. We need to understand and differentiate between these two. But how do we know we are behaving foolishly?

The answer is straightforward: Total dependence on God should always be our answer. We only know some things. Without God’s will, we are more likely to make foolish decisions since we lack the proper foundation to make wise decisions.

King James Version

V.16 Redeeming the time because the days are evil.

V.17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding the will of the Lord [is]

V.18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

New Living Translation

V.16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

V.17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

V.18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

Foolish conclusions are always available whenever and anywhere. There is a wide variety to choose from if we continue to sin. There are ways to avoid ridiculous conduct, and one is by learning and studying the word of God. When we know what God says with particular things, we can make wise decisions based on His truth. We can live sensibly and avoid unreasonable decisions and actions if we consider these God-given guidelines and follow them. Our understanding of His will differs from ours. We must inspect ourselves and evaluate our actions and decisions. It can help us improve our own lives and the lives of others. We also need to think critically and examine how we live spiritually. The Holy Spirit will confirm specifically what our Father wants, and we work on it without questions.

I Timothy 4:1-2

King James Version

V.1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

V.2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

New Living Translation

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.

These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.

Most of us who profess to be believers in Jesus Christ don’t admit that we are not entirely putting our trust and faith in Him. We might profess our faith in God but rarely accept that we ultimately rely on Him. On this basis, few of us continue to sin willfully. It is the same as living without the comforting presence of God. Making Jesus’ death and suffering on our behalf meaningless is a sad truth that is becoming more and more visible with each passing day.

Psalms 14:1

King James Version

To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.
The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.

New Living Translation

Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!

Faith. It connects our body, soul, and spirit. Without it, we cannot see God and develop a relationship with Him. By expressing our faithfulness and trust in Him, our spiritual needs are given and taken care of by God as we enter the spiritual realm.
Having no faith in God is evil in its entirety. Evil begins in the heart, and when our minds agree, it leads to corruption. Corruption is nothing but faithlessness in God and only produces wickedness.

When we sin or commit immoral acts, we are saying God does not exist, and there is no condemnation of what will happen. In this condition, it is crystal clear that we are foolish. Can this happen to a Christian? Yes. It is clear from scripture that none doeth right. Nothing can change this. The devil will not stop until we backslide to a point where we even blame God. Or question the existence of Jesus as Lord and Savior, or, more dangerously, turn our backs on Him.

I Peter 1:16

King James Version

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

New Living Translation

For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

It is where we, as Christians and unbelievers, differ. We have the Holy Spirit convicting us. God will use anything and everything to get us back on track with Him. God wants us to be holy. Some might think that to be holy is to be like God has a character of being impossible to sin. His holiness is entirely different from ours. For us to remain holy, we must remain unspotted, as we are prone to sin.

God made it easy for us to be in the realm of being holy by requiring forgiveness through Jesus. It will be identical to being sacred. If we sin, we confess, and He is faithful and fair to forgive our sins. In this way, we enter a spiritual realm of holiness wherein we are privileged to be forgiven and enjoy a holy place.

In Conclusion,

It is inevitable for us to seek always in our fallen nature. It is the reason we get frustrated and weary. We will forever be desirous of perfection and contentment because of our sinful disposition. Leaving us only hopeless to be found. The only remedy in our fallen nature is to face the truth that we need God.

We want to explore the vastness of space, but it is endless. So, God installed a small brain to advance us in understanding its immenseness. We want to go deeper into the depths of the oceans, but what is in the shallows is yet to be learned. And finally, the ultimate question. Will there be answers to all our questions? Believe and trust in Jesus Christ (John 4:1, 6-7). We are foolish. We need salvation (John 3:3). As we continue to have this relationship with God through our Lord Jesus, all our needs and questions will be met and answered in due time.

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