2 Peter 2:1 False Teachers

 

Light in the world

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Peter 2:1

People all over the world teach others different things. Among all of the teachers, there are some who teach while being ignorant of the truth or the facts of what they are teaching. They have just not fully learned what they are teaching and so are incorrectly teaching the subject.

There are others, however, who teach something different or wrong on purpose. They deny what the truth is about the subject and teaching it in an incorrect way.

One area that has people in it that teach falsely is with the truths about God and His word. While there are many who just have not learned the full truth in God’s word and make mistakes, there are many who purposely teach false teachings about God’s word.

Satan and this world do not want believers to succeed and be right. They do not want to hear the truth found in God’s word, because it is convicting. It states that they are sinners and are in the wrong. So they attempt to change what God has said.

These types of teachings have made their way into the church and are being preached from the pulpit. There are some who state that one can get into heaven with or without Jesus. Others state that one can be a believer, get into heaven and still live in purposeful sin, living as a liar, a gossip, an adulterer, being sexually immoral, a drunkard or more.

Believers must be careful to know the word of God correctly and recognize false teachings. Being filled with God’s Holy Spirit and studying the entire word of God will enable a believer to know when there is a false teaching being taught.

Take time to know God’s word in truth. Do not allow yourself to teach something false or be led by someone teaching something false.

The world is seeking to destroy your belief in God and make you fail. Do not allow that to happen.

When you hear a teaching from God’s word, look into it. Study the entire word of God and make sure it lines up with what God really said. Do not be swayed by a false teaching.

I pray today that you will know God’s word fully; that God will open your eyes to see false teachings; that God will guide what you believe; and that God will remove all false teachers from the church. 

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Mark 14:27-28 Hope After Failure

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“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: ” ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Mark 14:27-28

Jesus had just predicted His death again, and also predicted that the disciples would abandon Him for a time. He does also say that He will meet with them again after He has risen.

Failure is something that everyone experiences at some point in their life. Each person has a different amount of failures and types of failures. Some keep trying many times and go through many failures. Many quit after a failure, giving up all hope of succeeding. Or they change what they are trying to accomplish.

Thomas Edison is known for saying that with each “failure” it was not a failure but a success. He then knew one more way not to do something.

God knows that every person is human and will make bad choices. They will fail at times in following Him with all of their heart and life. Jesus knew this about each of the disciples. They would deny Him and walk away in fear.

However, Jesus was still willing to accept them and work with and through them. Despite the failure, He planned to meet with them afterwards and move on, rather than giving up on them.

A lot of people have made mistakes and failed God, then quit trying to serve Him because they are such failures. They lose hope in being able to be saved by Jesus.

Salvation is not dependent upon how you live your life, it is dependent upon your belief that Jesus saved you and will save you. Take a look at the lives of the disciples and see how often they failed Jesus, and yet He still loved them and worked through them. He met with them afterwards and did not scold them for failing Him.

Do not cut yourself down when you fail God. Go to Him and repent and accept the forgiveness Jesus provides. Jesus is waiting for you. He is going ahead of you to meet with you when you are ready to meet with Him in your Galilee.

There is still hope after failure. It is not the end, until you take your last breath in this life. Believe in the hope Jesus provides you.

I pray today that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will keep striving to serve God; and that you will trust in God with all of your life.