2 Timothy 4:3 Itching Ears

 

Plugging ears

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

Belief in something is something that most people want, but don’t know what to believe in. The world says that anything can be truth, unless it goes against one person believes as truth. Then it must be false.

Individuals around the world are giving up on any type of doctrine and throwing out all of Christianity or lumping it in with all other religions as equal. In the process of rejecting doctrines of the church, they make their own personal doctrine that rejects God or rejects what He has said.

People only want to hear what sounds good and search for someone who will speak that way. This even occurs within the church. Many people have left the church because the pastor or someone else in the church spoke out against a sin being done. People want to hear about the love of God and about His grace and mercy, but refuse to listen to what God says they should not do. They do not want to believe that they have sin.

Paul calls this people are listening to what their itching ears want to hear. They will not be satisfied until their ears are scratched with ‘good’ words.

Believers are not to fall into that type of thinking. They are to have a solid, true doctrine based on God and His word. True doctrine will last the test of time and fads. Many things may change, but the core belief in Jesus and His word must never change. Rejection of sin in one’s life must be a goal.

Take time to seriously look at what you believe and why you believe it. Is it based on God’s word or is it just based on the words of some person?

Do not allow yourself to be led astray seeking to hear only good words from a speaker. Be open to hear the whole word of God, not just about love and grace. Hear about the need to reject sin in your life and to change to live more for God every day.

Ensure that your doctrine is sound and based upon God’s word. Keep yourself pure and free from sinful ways and doctrines.

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says to you; that you will know the whole truth of God’s word; that you will not reject parts of God’s word in your life; and that you will live your life holy unto God. 

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Colossians 2:8 Don’t Be Deceived

 

Statue of sitting philosopher on chair

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8

Deception is something that is very common in this world. A person cannot go anywhere or listen to anything without hearing some deception.

Advertisements abound stating that one needs to have a given item, that if one does not have it, he is missing out on something. Nearly one-hundred percent of those items a person can live without and still have a great life. People are being deceived.

The world thinks that they know what is best for a person and so they come up with philosophies that will make that happen. Sin can be made to look good and God’s word, many times, has been made to look bad. Often the bible is looked at as an outdated piece of material that should not be followed or believed in.

Believers are made out to be haters because they speak out against sinful lifestyles and beliefs. They are made out to be cruel when they speak out saying that there is only one way to God.

Some of this deception has crept into the church. Believers have been taken captive into believing the ways of this world. There are believers and entire churches that have been deceived into believing and preaching that certain sins are acceptable to God. That a person can live in sin and still be a believer in Jesus. That a person can believe in Jesus, while believing in other false gods, such as Allah or Buddha. These are false and hollow philosophies of this world.

Every believer needs to get his philosophy in this life from God and His word. He has to keep his spiritual eyes on God, so that he is not deceived into believing the lies of this world.

Keep yourself in God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. As you focus on God and His word, you will not be taken captive into believing the false teachings of this world. You will be able to see through the lies and deception of this world.

Rely upon the teachings of God in His word for your world-view and philosophy. God’s word is true and not hollow. It is what is best for you and the rest of this world.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will hear God’s Spirit speaking and guiding you; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; and that you will rely on God’s word for guidance in how to live. 

2 Corinthians 11:13-14 False Worker Of Light

 

Masquerade masks

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerades as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Paul talked about some people being in the church acting like they were apostles of Christ, yet they were only acting like that. They were teaching false teachings and deceiving the people, all while claiming that they were doing it for Jesus.

Since that time, there are still people who claim to be a believer, yet, are just false apostles and workers. They appear to be good believers because they do know a bunch of scriptures from the bible. They can quote the bible and tell a person why they are a Christian.

Yet, while they claim all of this, they are teaching false teachings. There are many people in the world who rightfully claim that God loves them, which is true. Then they teach because God loves them, they can do whatever they want, regardless of whether it is a sin or not.

There are ministers of the gospel message, who lead churches, that will state it is acceptable to live as a homosexual or lesbian and still be a believer in Jesus. Others will state that is acceptable to gossip, as long as you pray for the person afterwards. Many will state it is acceptable to break a law of the land that has nothing against God’s word. All of these, and many more, are openly saying that it is acceptable to sin against God with no remorse.

This comes as no surprise, because Satan, himself, acts like he is a messenger of God. These are false prophets and preachers, who deceive people into living the way of the world and not like Jesus.

As a believer, you must work to ensure that your life lines up with the life of Jesus and the word of God. Along with that you do not want to allow yourself to be deceived into following false teachings.

The best way to ensure these things is to stay in the center of God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be led down the wrong path. The world is seeking to lead you away from God, even while inside some church.

Know the truth and live by the truth.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will not be deceived by false teachings; and that you will be a true messenger of God’s light–Jesus.

Jeremiah 23:1 Woe To The Bad Shepherds

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:1

God was preparing to destroy Judah because of the sins of the people. He gave many warnings that it would happen. Even though this was God’s plan, there were many of the leaders of the temple that were trying to say something different. They had their own priests and prophets saying that God would bring about peace. They were also leading the people into the sin of following false gods. The people were being destroyed and scattered because of the way they were being led.

God gives them a warning that He would punish them for doing this. As He would destroy them, He would also bring out a remnant of the people, who they were leading wrong, to restore and build up again.

Shepherds are the ones who are supposed to lead the sheep to the best food and water. They are to protect them from the enemy. If the slack off on any of their duties, the sheep will scatter and be destroyed.

Ministers, preachers, and evangelists are always considered the shepherds or leaders of the people in the church. Although this is true, that does not mean that other people are not shepherds also. Many people, who are not preachers, also are leaders of other people. They are the ones who lead and guide some people in the walk in this life. Many are parents, while others are teachers, or mentors, or bosses of others.

People today are teaching or leading others down paths of sin that are against God. False teachings are being taught in the churches, as though it is God’s word. Prophecies are being made that God will overlook sinful acts, because of His great love. Prayers for God’s peace are being made, without a call to repentance from sin. Adultery, drunkenness, lying, cheating, gossiping, stealing, jealousy, hatred, oppression, racism, and many other sins are accepted in the church as acceptable. These are just a few ways of destroying and scattering God’s sheep. God will hold them accountable.

As a believer, you must correctly speak God’s word. Speak the truth in love at all times. Do not allow yourself to be guilty of destroying His sheep, because you spoke of God’s word in a false way. Seek God’s direction in His word as you live it and lead others with it.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in truth; that you will speak God’s word in truth; that you will not be guilty of leading others wrong; and that God will strengthen you to live in righteousness for Him.

1 John 2:26 Trying To Lead You Astray

“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.

Revelation 2:14 False Teachings

“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.” Revelation 2:14

The next church Jesus speaks about is Pergamum. He tells them that they remain true to their faith in Him despite where they live. They lived in a city where a faithful witness was to put to death because of his witness of Jesus.

Although they would not deny Jesus at all, they still held to some false teachings. The false teachings of Balaam were ones that enticed the people to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.

All around there are many people who claim to be Christian and believe in Jesus for salvation, yet, still hold to the teachings of Balaam. Although there is no Balaam today, there is the same types of teachings.

Look at the movies, music, books and magazines of this world and you will see the teachings of Balaam. Today there is not real idols that people bow down to, but there are things that stand in the place of those idols of ancient times that people bow down to.

People bow down to things today in the insistence of having those items. Some people follow other people with a devoted following that is the same as idol worship. Many look down on other people who do not have the same status or things that they have…again, idol worship.

Along with the idolizing of things there is sexual immorality seen everywhere. How many movies are about a couple in a wrong type of relationship? How many songs are about wrong sexual actions?

Many Christians today will never directly deny Jesus, yet they will idolize music or a movie or a person. Many Christians will also have sexual immorality in their life or they will accept it in a movie or song. Too often these actions are looked at as just being human or a part of life.

As a believer in Jesus you must guard yourself against these types of thinking and actions. Do not allow yourself to be led by the teachings of Balaam in this world. Keep yourself pure from idol worship and all sexual immorality.

I pray that today God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will guard you from false teachings; that you will not follow any false teachings; and that you will remain true to God in all that you say and do.

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