Elements of the Big Con
1 JOHN 1:8–10--" If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
Back when people carried cash, “confidence men” bilked the unwary directly. Now, con artists often email promises to deposit millions of dollars into bank accounts whose holders are duped into
providing the numbers.
John reveals the spiritual con perpetrated by the fallen heart. First is denial: “Sin? I’m not a sinner!” Second is rationalization, through which the person convinces himself he’s not a sinner. Finally is projection, in which an individual claims the problem is with God, who thinks the individual is a sinner.
Jesus Christ gives us each a new heart, full of truth. Rather than denial, there is honest confrontation with the fallen nature through the confession of sin. Acknowledgement of our true condition and the need for God’s forgiveness gets rid of rationalization. Accountability displaces projection as we admit
the problem is within ourselves, not God or any other human being.
This all leads to a healthy, truth–giving heart rather than a deceitful heart.
Spiritual Heart Focus
It's been 21 days since you committed yourself to new habits in your daily spiritual routine. Keep going now for another 19 days and you will reach the "milestone" of 40 days.
Physical Heart Focus
Twenty–one days ago you resolved to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Keep going for 19 days more, and the routine will begin to be part of your lifestyle.