“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” 1 John 2:26
John talks about what he is writing about. Looking at the verses just before he makes this statement, he was writing about those who deny Jesus. They try to state that there are other ways to God and bring in false teachings.
This is a common event every where a person goes. Some people are very direct in their beliefs. Those who are Islamic will very distinctly point you away from Jesus. They have no room for Jesus, other than He was a prophet.
Most often you will see people who are not so directly against Jesus. They state that they believe in Jesus, but also believe in Buddah, or Muhammed, or some other false belief. Others will also state they believe in Jesus while believing that you can live in direct sinful ways.
All of these people are trying to lead you astray. They are trying to get you to live differently than what Jesus would want. The Bible is not the central authority in their lives. It is whatever feels good at the time that is center of their lives.
People who try to lead astray can be found everywhere, including inside of churches. Some are even in leadership in the church.
In order to not be led astray, you must keep yourself grounded in God’s Word and in prayer. Keep your heart open to hearing what God has to say, not what people have to say. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you on the right path.
When you stop in any of these areas, you allow yourself to be led off the path God has for you. This can even happen from well-intentioned people. The disciples tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross, yet that was not God’s plan for Jesus.
Are you on His path?
Or are you on your own path or a path of the world’s choosing?
Stay with God and on His path and don’t be led astray.
I pray today that God will guide you in the path He wants you on; that you will be sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit; that God will reveal to you those who are trying to lead you astray; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.