Mark 13:23 Be On Guard!

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.

Matthew 7:15 Watch Out!

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15

Seeing a person on the surface does not always reveal who they really are as a person. Many people love some actor or actress because they appear to be a wonderful father or husband, or some great person. This is usually seen by a character that they portray in a movie or television show.

While they appear to be good, this is just acting, it is not always the real person. All that is being seen is the outward surface, not the inner character.

Jesus warns of false prophets. These false prophets appear to be safe, but are dangerous, ferocious wolves.

It is easy for a person to talk a good talk, while inwardly seeking to destroy someone. Those who harm children will often talk nicely to them and offer good gifts, until they do serious damage.

Inside the church there are also many who are false. They know all the bible verses, can sing all the songs and know the doctrine, but alongside of all that teach things not of God. The false teachings sound good on the surface, but are just slightly off from what the bible truly says. Words are spoken with false, selfish motives to infiltrate and destroy.

Currently it is easy to find churches that promote sinful activities as acceptable. These are taught under the concept that God loves everyone, thus accepts sin.

The true believer must know what God’s word says and be alert for false teaching. Each person must be careful in what he says and does. Everything must be said or done through the lens of the bible. Only in this way will the lies be seen and recognized.

As a believer, you will hear many teachings and sermons. When you hear some teaching, you must take the time to check what you heard with the entire word of God. Do not take things only on the surface.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. He can open your eyes to see deception and reveal false prophets. You can know them by their fruit.

In the same way, seek to know God’s word correctly for yourself. Be careful to not speak God’s word out of context and become a false prophet yourself. Watch out for others and yourself in being false prophets.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; and that God will open your spiritual eyes to recognize false teachings.

Nahum 3:1 Woe To A City Of Blood

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Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never without victims. Nahum 3:1 

Every city in the world, regardless of its size, is known for something. Most often people think of the physical things that a city provides as what it is known for. However, some cities are known for how it acts.

The world is a world that is full of sin. The majority of people in this world do live to please self in whatever method desired. Satan has no moral guidelines as to how a person should live his life.

Micah brings God’s judgement against Nineveh as a city of blood, lies and plunder–stealing.

Very few cities would like to be known as a city of blood, lies or stealing. Even people that do not believe in God know there is a problem with those things. Yet, many are known for and promote these very same things as good.

While killing a person is often a crime, abortion, which is also murder, is promoted as good. Very few cities in America are not innocent of murder of babies. In the process of this the cities also are guilty of lies. Lies are being said that abortion is a right and is good and lives are being stolen. With that there are also many victims.

This is just one example of what cities are guilty of. Believers have often been quiet about sin and not being the witness God has called them to be. This has allowed for the corruption of many cities around the world.

Every believer needs to be a witness of who God is and how He can change lives and bring about life. Believers need to take a stand against sin in their communities so that they will not be known as a city of blood, lies and theft.

If you have ever been guilty of lies, blood, or theft, God is ready and waiting to forgive you. He does not desire to punish and destroy you. Repent and allow God to change you.

Once you have repented, be the witness Jesus has called you to be. Show your community where you live how to really live and change how your city is viewed by God. Do not be a nation, city, community or house known for blood, lies or theft. Allow all you are around to be known as living for God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sin; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that you will bring the life Jesus provides to this world. 

Isaiah 36:16 Being Lied To

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“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, Isaiah 36:16 

Reports abound everywhere on everything and anything. Some of the reports are filled with truth, while many are false. Some of the false ones are on purpose to lead others astray, while some are false in ignorance.

With a few well said words and being place in strategic places, people will believe just about anything. They can make one believe that he absolutely needs something that will kill him in the end.

As Jerusalem was under attack, Hezekiah was telling the people to not give in to the enemy and to trust in God alone. The king of the enemy tried to tell the people that if they just followed him, making peace, they would get everything that they dreamed of.

Times have not changed. The world wants believers to just believe in what the world is saying. Acceptance of what is sinful is being promoted and believers are expected to agree with it.

Satan promises the world to the believer as long as he compromises his following God. The enemy wants the believer to make peace with him in a way that will destroy his testimony and reject God. The words of the world are said in such a way as to sound good and very promising, but in the end bring about death and separation from God.

The only peace that a believer truly needs is peace with God. Peace with the world is not true peace and will bring about death only. Peace with God is truth and brings about life. Peace with God will bring about war with the world.

Everyday you will be bombarded with media telling you to follow the world’s ways of acting and thinking. The world wants you to compromise your walk and belief in God to follow them.

You have a choice. You can buy into the lies of the enemy or you can trust God.

The world will lie to you saying that you need something or have to believe a certain way in order to have peace and all that you want. These things will only bring death and separation from God.

Do not fall for the lies of the enemy who try to get you to go against God’s word.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lies of the enemy; that you will put your whole trust in God alone; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; and that you will not live or act as the world does in sin against God. 

Proverbs 26:28 Hate And Destruction In Speaking

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A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:28 

Words can do a lot. They can be used to build up or they can be used to destroy. The two major common ways that speaking can hurt and destroy people is with telling lies and flattering. Both of these go hand in hand and relatively the same.

There are many people who think that a “little white” lie is not really hurting anyone and does no real harm. Yet a lie is a lie. It is deceiving someone else into thinking something that is not true. It breaks the trust of those that hear it. Thus to speak a lie to someone is to hate them.

Flattering is telling lies to make a person feel better about himself. It often causes a person to think that they are better than what they really are. When this occurs, there is often a downfall later. The person goes about thinking greater of himself until someone else brings out the truth and crushes him.

In Proverbs it points out that a lying tongue hates others and flattering a person brings about destruction and ruin.

God is a God of love and His people are to be the same. Telling lies about or to someone or flattering someone is not showing that love. It is showing hatred.

These types of actions can often be found in the church among believers. Many believers will tell lies that they do not struggle with some type of sin, trying to look better. Others will also flatter someone to put them on a pedestal making them appear much greater than they are, rather than speaking full truth.

Jesus only spoke truth and then it was always done in love. Every believer is to speak in the same way. Jesus built people up with truth, not flattering lies.

Every day you will have opportunities to speak to others. You will have a choice as to whether to speak the truth or tell a lie. You will have the opportunity to build a person up in love or with flattering lies.

Allow God to guide your words to build them up in the true love of Jesus. There will be times of correction and there will be times of admonishment. However all of it is to be done in His love.

Are your words showing love or hate? Are your words building up or destroying others?

I pray today that God will give you the words to speak; that you will only speak as Jesus spoke; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will build others up in Jesus and not tear them down.