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Summary: An amusing story drives home the point that we can be easily deceived.

The Cat’s For Sale, But Not The Saucer!

1 Corinthians 3:10-19

[10] According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

[11] For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

[12] Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,

[13] each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

[14] If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

[15] If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

[16] Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

[17] If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

[18] Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

[19] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness";

The Bible warns us to not be deceived & devoured by sin.

Among the most tragic & dangerous deceptions we must avoid

is when we deceive ourselves.

Today, I want to tell you the story of Jerry Carney.

Jerry Carney is an antique dealer.

Jerry is always on the lookout for valuable antiques.

His goal is to buy them cheap…

And sell them in his Antique Shop for a big profit.

He’s been very successful doing that.

Jerry has made thousands of dollars dealing in antiques.

He prides himself on his knowledge of the value of antiques.

He thinks he’s an expert when it comes to antiques.

Transition:

There are many people like Jerry Carney in our world today!

They think they’re pretty smart.

Today, We are going to look at ways that we deceive ourselves…

Point #1. WE DECEIVE OURSELVES BY THINKING TOO HIGHLY OF OUR OWN WISDOM.

Look again at 1 Corinthians 3:18-19

[18] Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. [19] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness";

There is the Problem Of Pride.

Proverbs 3:5-7

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

[6] In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

[7] Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Proverbs 26:12

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,

And prudent in their own sight!

Romans 12:3

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

Some people think they know better than God.

Man’s profession of wisdom shows his ignorance.

Romans 1:21-23

…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Professing to be wise, they became fools, [23] and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Doesn’t that describe a lot of religious people today?

People who reject what the Bible says?

To be a Follower of Jesus, we must become "foolish".

Never forget 1 Corinthians 3:18:

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

That’s true of our religious life, too!

Jeremiah 10:23

O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself;

It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

If I depend upon my own wisdom…I’m doomed to make mistakes

Proverbs 16:25

There is a way that seems right to a man,

But its end is the way of death.

Transition:

Let’s get back to our story of Jerry Carney, the antiques dealer.

One day, Jerry drove to a small town in Kentucky.

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