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Sermon Notes – 2023/03/05

The Danger of Self-Deception
Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75
  • How easy it is to deceive ourselves as to our spiritual health and strength! And, how dangerous! It was with good reason that David prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart…” (Ps. 139:23)
1. The FACTS Concerning Their Failure   vs. 31-32, 34
  • All of the disciples will abandon Jesus in the hour of His deepest need, and Peter will even deny Him.
  • This was PROPHESIED in the O.T. Scriptures (Zech. 13:7).
  • This was PROCLAIMED by Jesus.
2. Their FEELINGS Concerning Their Faithfulness   vs. 33, 35
  • Peter: “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.”
  • Disciples: “All the disciple said the same thing too.”
  • Red Flags that Peter Ignored  v. 33
    • He CONTRADICTED the Lord.
    • He thought he was BETTER than the others.
    • He trusted in HIS OWN STRENGTH.
  • Could it be that you have the same problem as Peter and the other disciples? Regardless of how you feel about  yourself, you’re not nearly as strong as you ought to be if:
    • 1.) When the Word contradicts your life, you DEFEND yourself rather than REPENT.
    • 2.) When you are tested, you TRUST IN YOURSELF rather than PRAY.
    • 3.) When others fail spiritually, you become PRIDEFUL rather than HUMBLE.
    • 4.) When you are called to commune with Christ, you get SLEEPY rather than ENERGIZED.  (vs. 40, 43, 45)
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (Ps. 139:23, 24)
The Danger of Self-Deception
CONNECT questions for 3/5
Read Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75
1. Do you know:
  • your height?
  • your weight?
  • your blood type?
  • the number of points on your driver’s license?
  • how vulnerable you are to a spiritual breakdown?
–Which of these is of greatest concern to you?
2. What does God want to impress upon us in that all twelve of  the twelve abandoned the Lord?
3. Why were the disciples, and especially Peter, so out of touch with the true degree of their own spiritual strength and steadfastness?
4. What are the benefits of spiritual self-awareness?
5. What can a person do to improve their spiritual self-awareness?