1 Timothy 4:1 Are You Abandoning The Faith?

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1

In this world there are many different things, beliefs, and people to follow. No matter what a person wants to believe in, there is usually some group that also believes in it and one can follow it.

Scam artists are out there that get thousands of people to believe that what they have is good. People buy into something, only later to find out that they were deceived and had their money and time taken.

Paul points out that as time goes along some will abandon the faith. This will be done by following deceiving spirits and false teachings.

Satan and the world does not want a believer or the church to succeed. Both will do whatever it takes to stop the believer.

Most believers are wise enough that if the devil walks up to them to tempt them to do some major sin, they will reject him and walk away. However, the world does not work like that. Instead of directly getting a believer to change, they will use deception.

Twisting words just a little bit, will make sin look as though it is good in the eyes of God. Sadly many in the church have been deceived into thinking that murdering unborn children is really caring and love for the mother, rather than a sin against God. Without being led by the Holy Spirit, many are deceived into following false teachings.

Later many completely abandon the faith in Jesus. They walk away, because they were deceived into following something that appeared to be of God, but was not.

Those who stay in God’s word and are led by the Holy Spirit will not be deceived by the world.

Every day the world will try to deceive you in some way or another to follow something that is not truly of God. In order to recognize the deception being presented, you must know God’s word and be led by the Holy Spirit.

Check everything you hear or read with God’s word and in prayer. Do not allow yourself to be led astray from God’s word and faith in Jesus. Stand solid upon God’s truth that has been proven right over the centuries, rather than the false teachings of this dying world that follows demons.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God’s word teaches; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that God will protect you from the deceptive teaching of this world.

2 Peter 2:2 The Way Of False Teachers

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into dispute. 2 Peter 2:2

In nearly every subject that one can think of, there are many different teachers with differing views on each subject. Each teacher teaches from his own personal viewpoint on the subject. Unless it is a very concrete subject, there are often opposite teachings.

As students are being taught this way, they will often follow that way of belief. In the process of learning there will often come lots of confusion as to what is the actual truth in the matter.

Peter talks about false teachers among them. He says that many will choose to follow the depraved conduct of the false teachers causing confusion.

Just as there are differing teachings in the world, there are also differing teachings within the church. People who do not really serve God are allowed into the church to teach. They begin to teach the principles of the world, rather than those of God, slightly twisting God’s word to say what they want it to say.

Many people in the church have chosen to follow these false teachers. Acceptance of sin and sinful acts are accepted by ‘believers’ as good and acceptable to God.

Others look at this and see confusion. They do not know what to believe with opposing views being taught. The world then ridicules Christianity as being false, because of the opposing teachings.

Every believer must learn to seek out and study God’s word personally. He must know what God is saying, rather than just taking someone else’s word for it. Anything taught by someone must be lined up with all of God’s word to see if it is true or not.

False teachers and false teachings must be rejected and cast out. God is a God of unity, not division and confusion.

You will hear many people speak and teach many things from the Bible. Instead of just taking it blindly as God’s word, study it out for yourself and see if it fully lines up with all of God’s word. Do not fall for their false teachings.

If you are a teacher, you must also take time to make sure that what you are teaching is God’s full word and not a twisted version of His word.

Do not allow yourself to fall into sinful practices as though it was God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word in your life; that God will reveal false teachings around you; that God will reveal His truth through His word; and that God will keep you from being confused as to what is truth.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Title: Seeking Allah, Finding, Jesus
Author: Nabeel Qureshi
Publisher: Zondervan
Date: 2015
Pages: 296

This is an autobiography by the author on his quest to find Allah. He grew with parents who were very devout Muslims in America. They felt their mission was to get more converts to Islam.

As a young child he had a few questions regarding his Islamic beliefs, but was always told to accept what he was told because the teachers knew best. As he became a teen-ager and a young adult he desired to get closer to Allah and know Him more.

While in college he met a person who became his best friend. This friend was a Christian. He was challenged to find out why he believed what he believed. The more he studied the Islamic beliefs, the more it did not make sense to him. Over time it led him to look to Jesus. Through a series of events and studies he gets to know Jesus as the Messiah.

This book goes into extreme detail in the Islamic belief. It also takes a very critical look at the Christian belief. He looks at many verses in both the Bible and the Koran. He uncovers what Islam really teaches and the core beliefs that have been held for centuries.

In it is also a strong challenge to Christian believers in their mission in this world and the belief in God.

I would highly recommend every believer to read this book. It will help you to understand why Muslims believe the way they do. It will also help to understand how Muslims view Jesus and Christians as a whole.

Parts of it will be a little dry, due to the extreme details being presented, but in the end it is worth reading.

Revelation 2:20 Tolerating False Teaching

“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” Revelation 2:20

On the surface the church in Thyatira must have appeared to be a very good church. They were very active in ministry. They did a lot of service works showing their love and faith, and they hung in there through the tough times. Jesus even states they were doing more now, then when they started. That was the outside show of who they were.

Inside, however, He had a different report. They were reported as having tolerated and followed Jezebel. She was a person who called herself a prophet of God, yet was teaching wrong things. She was leading the believers into sexual immorality and working with idols. She may not have been a literal person named Jezebel, but it was people who worked in that same spirit or ways.

There are people in the world today who call themselves believers and are leaders in various ways. Some call themselves prophets, or evangelists, or pastors, or some other title. No matter what title they call themselves, the idea is that they believe they are doing a work for God.

Their teaching may have some of God’s Word in it, but often it contains false teachings also. It will promote the idea of certain sexual practices are acceptable to God, even though God spoke against it in the Bible. They will also promote supporting other false beliefs. There are “churches” around now that believe you can believe in anything you want and still get into heaven.

As they promote these wrong beliefs, many will do many good works. They will help people out and show a lot of love. They appear to be of God, yet they are not.

Do not allow yourself to be one of these people. Keep your eyes focused on all of God’s Word. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by these types of people. God will give you wisdom to know when someone is true to Him or not. If you are grounded in God’s Word and prayer, He will help you to know His truth in every situation.

I pray today that you will not be led wrong by any false prophets; that God will give you wisdom in knowing His truth; that God will open your eyes to false teachings; and that you will speak His truth at all times.