So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Mark 13:23
Security guards have to walk around, remaining wide alert as to what is going on around them. They are aware of who is around and what people are doing in the area.
Guards understand that at any moment someone could do something wrong. They also realize that most people who plan to do something wrong will try to cover up the action, doing it covertly. Knowing this will cause the guard to be more on guard.
Jesus had told the disciples of things to come. The purpose for that information was so they could be more on guard against false prophets and teaching.
All over the world there are many false teachings going on inside and outside the church. Often these teachings can sound good and biblical. However, if one looks at these teachings closely, he will be able to discern that they do not fully line up with scripture.
This can be seen in being told God loves everyone, so people can live alternate lifestyles and it is acceptable. This is false teaching that does not come from God. It is taking some truth and mixing it with a lie.
Every believer must be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and be able to discern the truth. The true spirit behind the words must be recognized. False teachings will be taught but must be rejected by true believers.
The closer to Christ’s return, the more deception will be taught. Satan and the world does not want Jesus to win and will do whatever they can to deceive and destroy every believer.
In knowing and following Jesus every believer can know the truth because Jesus is truth. God never lies or deceives.
As a believer, you must always be on your guard. The world is out to trap you in many ways. The greatest trap is within your mind, causing you to think and believe the lies being taught or said.
Seek God’s Holy Spirit to open your eyes to be aware of what is going on around you. Be on your guard against the attacks, lies and deception of the enemy.
The world wants nothing more than to destroy you and get you to compromise your walk with God. However if you trust in God and remain in Jesus, you will win in the end.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit; that God will help you stay alert to the attacks and lies of the enemy; and that God will help you to know the truth of what is occurring.