Now, “deceived” means you’re not pretending a certain thing or way; you believe it’s that way but you’re
believing a lie. And that puts you in a place of darkness, where that’s why people are continually trying to
get it, TRYING to get it but can’t come to it.
You see a picture of it in Luke 6. He’s talking about not judging and He gives this illustration of a person
36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
And another way of saying that is walk in the Light and you’ll STAY in the Light. You know you should
forgive. Forgive and you will walk in forgiveness. Walk in the Light and you’ll stay in the Light
41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
42 Or how can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’
when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye?
Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Now “hypocrite” means you’re violating Light; there’s dishonesty here. Now, the Lord brought me to this
passage in teaching on this subject and He brought to my thinking – how can you be oblivious to a beam
in your eye? I hadn’t thought about that before.
The word “beam” has to do with a big piece of timber. Something as big as a plank or something. How can
you be oblivious that you’ve got a 4x4 over one side of your head? But there is a person who is looking
at ANOTHER person and there’s a splinter on their face and they are giving THEM instruction and
judging them and they’ve got this BEAM, and they have gotten to the place where they are acting like
there is no beam in their OWN eye.
Don’t even see it, do they?
But they’re deceived. And the reason being when a 4x4 comes over your face, there’s no way you don’t know that. There’s no way you are not aware that a 4x4 is over your face.
But here’s the thing:
If you let it stay there and you let it stay there, you can get used to anything.
And over reason of time, you’ve seen it so long, been there so long, till it’s just a part of your normal world
and consciousness, until you don’t see it anymore. And you’re deceived into thinking it’s okay. And this
has happened over and over again.
How do I get free from that?
Well, acknowledging of the Truth. And if you get to seeking the Lord earnestly about it – don’t try to tell him,
‘I’m fellowshipping with the Lord; everything is great between us,’ and YET you’re in darkness, you’re in
confusion, in ignorance and all this stuff. ‘Nah, nah.’ You’re lying. There is some Light you violated back here.
And what you need to do is go to Jesus and say, ’Anything that you showed me that I ignored, I didn’t do it,
I knew to do it but I put it aside. Have mercy on me. Show me again. Bring it to my repentance.’
Keith Moore, Faith Life Church, Branson, MO; Kenneth Copeland, KCM.org