Lying to Ourselves - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Lying to Ourselves


March 10


Read 1 John 1:8-9 (ESV)

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



How aware are you of sin in your life?


It is always easier to point out evil in the world and sin in other people’s lives than to notice and admit to the sin that’s in our own thoughts or deeds. We seem to have a blind spot when it comes to ourselves. When we sin, we’d rather call it a mistake. In our hearts, we want to believe that what we are doing is ok and that there isn’t anything wrong with us. But in reality, there is something wrong with us—we have sin in our hearts.


The prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jeremiah wasn’t just talking about other people’s hearts. He was talking about everyone’s heart. Our hearts lie to us because they are sick with sin. We can’t trust our own hearts!


You see, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, they brought sin into the entire world. In Romans 5:12, Paul explains: “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”


Through Adam, we were born into sin and all of us continue to commit sin. John confirms this in today’s verse saying that if we choose to say we never sin, we are lying to ourselves! An even bigger reality check is not just that we sin. It’s that the penalty for our sin is death (Romans 6:23).


Thankfully, John doesn’t just tell us the cold hard truth and then leave us sitting in despondency over the facts. He gives us so much hope when he says if we own up to our sins and confess them, God is faithful to forgive our sins and make us clean.


Friend, you are a sinner whether you want to believe it or not. But take heart, if you confess your sins to God, through Jesus Christ, He is faithful to forgive you. And that’s the truth.



Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me for all of the ways that I have wronged you and wronged others. Make me clean and righteous in Your sight. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Lord God, my Lord, let me not lie to my own self-hurt, but help me to come to know You personally, and thoroughly, in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Thank you God for sending your son Jesus Christ to save me from my sin.
for ALL have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God. Thank God for sending a Saviour!!!!!!
Heavenly Father I Praise You for Loving us First choosing us and giving us a "Spirit" alive in the body You Lord made in The image of God. Father we all fall short of The Glory of God. This because of sin but knowing we are sinners because only You Jesus for Perfect free of sin. Father I Praise and Thank You that You shed Your blood to wash us clean of all sin when we confess unto You. Please each New Morning create in us an open clean Heart unto only You Our Savior Jesus Christ. Lead Father Teach us to become more like You and less like we are, to see and Love all others and ourselves as You see and Love us Your children. This I ask and surrender all to You Lord for I will let God be in Jesus name Amen. “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children.” Psalm 103:17 (KJV) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Acts 20:35 (KJV)
As I have heard and never forgot - The penalty of sin is gone if we accept the Father's precious gift of His Son as the absolute atonement for our sins. The power of sin is reduced more every time we confess our sins to God and ask for forgiveness. As I say we fall less and get up faster. The presence of sin will be no more when we are received into our glorious eternal home with our Lord and hear well done good and faithful servant.. "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23 Blessings J
Thank you for reminding me that I should not call others sinners, but to remember that I am a sinner especially when I point my finger to others
As I was reading this it ooe my eyes to a lots of things when it come to sin
Pastor Nat you have brought the truth of scripture directly to our hearts. I pray we all learn to see our own hearts and ask Jesus to forgive and to renew our hearts daily. We can do nothing without him but all things are possible for those who believe. Jesus increase my faith in you. Amen
Years ago I sustained a 3rd degree burn to a good size portion of an arm. It took 6 months to heal and the wound under went various stages of healing. Since then, I often visualize the presentation of my confessed sin before God to look like this wound - but it covers my entire body. The actual wound was not a pretty sight and it hurt a lot, but I try to present my sin to God in this way. I know my spirit needs God’s healing not unlike the wound I sustained.. Just thought I would share as we all need our Father’s healing touch...
Amen God's good and forgiving at all times
Amen! The absolute truth!
This is such a powerful devotion. Even though I am a sinner, I am so thankful that God forgives me when I sincerely repent and ask for his forgiveness! Praise the Lord!
this hit home for me today very strongly so ty lord and please forgive me amen
Glory to God for His faithfulness. I repent for my sins Lord. I am so grateful that You have such merciful heart Lord. Amen.🙏🏼💗
Glory be to God. Truth...Yes and Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Thank You Jesus for looking beyond my faults and shortcomings and saw my need for a Saviour....I'm grateful to You for forgiving me of my sins daily 🙏🏿
Thank you Lord for all you do !!!
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
Thank you Father for cleansing us. In Jesus name, Amen