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
All over the world there are millions of different ways that people choose to live their lives. Many of the ways overlap each other, while some are very different from all others.
Every person believes that their way of living is probably the best way to live. Some will allow others to live as they desire, while others believe every one else should live in the exact same way.
Paul reminds Timothy that God had already made it clear that there is coming a time when some will leave the belief in Jesus and follow deceptive ways of the demons.
All across America and many other nations there has been major pushes by some for everyone else to conform to their way of thinking and acting. The world is living in sin and promotes sin and does not like it when anyone does not agree with them.
There have been many in the church who have completely left their faith in Jesus to live as the world does. Having been deceived, they believe that the world’s way of living is correct.
Along with those there are also many who have continued to believe in Jesus, but also follow the deceptive, sinful ways of the world at the same time. Scriptures are twisted to say what they want to hear or they are completely ignored to allow them to live sinful lives.
The remnant of believers who truly follow Jesus, will be aware of what the demonic world is teaching. They will have their eyes focused on God and His word and will not be deceived by the false teachings being taught.
In doing so, they will stand out as different and be a witness and light to the dark world. Examine your life and determine what you really believe in.
Are the things that you believe in and follow the things of God or of this world? Keep your focus upon God and His word, being led by His Holy Spirit.
Do not fall for the deceptive, sinful ways of this world, but live a holy life unto God. Be able to recognize when someone is trying to teach you a deceptive way of living.
Do not abandon your faith in God, but hold onto your faith.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth in God’s word; that you will live according to God’s ways; that God will keep you from being deceived by the world’s ways of thinking; and that you will never abandon your faith in Jesus.
I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13:15
Great teachers or leaders will always teach and lead by example. They will show the students how to do something by physically doing it, not just telling them how to do it.
Students who really want to learn to be their best will follow the examples of their teachers or leaders. Those who try to reinvent the wheel and do their own thing, when being taught or led, will often fail in the end.
Jesus had just washed the feet of the disciples as a servant to them. Now He tells them that He has set an example of what they should do.
As Jesus walked on the earth, He had taught the disciples many different things. He taught how to be a witness, how to pray, how to have righteous anger, how to be compassionate, how to have faith, how to serve, how to heal, how to resist temptation, how to speak the truth, and many other things. In each of things, Jesus not only taught it, but did it as an example for His believers to follow.
Every believer is still being taught by Jesus today through His word. As a believer learns from Jesus, he must begin to do as Jesus did in every area of his life. Jesus was the perfect example of how man is supposed to live, act and think.
Sadly, many in the church have chosen to stay living as the world does, doing what the world does. They have chosen to not do as Jesus did, feeling as if it is wrong or beneath them to live that way.
One, if he really loves God, is supposed to do as God commands. God only teaches one to do what is best to lead to life.
As a believer look through the scriptures to see how Jesus lived His life. Now make a choice to live in the same way.
Do not let the influences of this world teach you how to live. Do not allow selfish desires to override God’s teaching to you.
Jesus was separate and different from this world. You also are to be separate from this world, different than this world.
Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are doing just as Jesus did. Are your thoughts, actions and words a mirror of how Jesus lived? Or are they a mirror of this world?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus taught; that you will think, speak and act as Jesus did; and that your life will be an example of who Jesus is.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” John 7:37
One of the things a person cannot live without is water, especially on a hot day. People need water to survive. They cannot go more than a few days without having any water at all.
When a person gets thirsty, he desires to have that thirst quenched with a glass of nice, cold water. Yet, even warm water will meet the need of extreme thirst.
While at a festival, Jesus called out to the people for anyone who was thirsty to come and drink from Him.
Even though drinking water can be deeply satisfying at times, it is only temporary and one will be thirsty again very soon. Water satisfies a temporary physical thirst.
Many people are thirsting for more of something in this life. They are seeking purpose and meaning to life. They desire comfort and strength for living. The things and ways of this fallen world will bring some of this for a short time. Sin always brings pleasure, but only for a moment. In the end it brings about death.
Those who go to Jesus and drink in His teaching, love, grace, mercy, and salvation, have their eternal thirst met. This is a thirst of the soul, that the things and ways of this world cannot meet or quench.
Instead of seeking relief from pain and suffering in the things of this world, one needs to look to Jesus. He must drink in the teaching Jesus taught. Once a person drinks in the Holy Spirit that Jesus gives, he will know eternal peace, comfort, strength and life.
Jesus brings eternal life to a person, not a temporary feeling.
There will be times you are thirsty for more. While it easy to cover up that thirst with the things of this world, they will not fully satisfy for long.
Get into God’s word and drink in what He has to say. Drink in the Holy Spirit that Jesus offers. Drink in the refreshing forgiveness given to you. Begin to know the eternal life God has for you starting today.
As you begin to drink in what God offers, you will begin to know satisfaction, peace and strength beyond anything that this world has to offer. Are you drinking today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will drink in God’s Holy Spirit sent to you; that you will take in the forgiveness Jesus offers you; and that you will know the eternal satisfaction in following Jesus.
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.