Skip to main content

07 May 2020 - Do not be deceived and follow the TRUTH!


Today’s devotion is taken from 1 Timothy 4:1-8

Do not be deceived and follow the TRUTH!

In the above passage, Paul forewarns us that in latter times, some of us will abandon the faith and be deceived by wrong teachings and follow deceiving spirits. This doesn’t mean losing the ability to believe, but losing the content of what Christians should believe i.e. the teachings of Christianity.

Having read this, it is not surprising that in a world filled with evil, corruption and false media, one can easily fall into temptation and fill their minds with doubts if they are not careful. To counter this, Paul forewarned us and encouraged us to have ‘nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed’. Paul advised us to be united in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and the result will be that “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes”. (Ephesians 4:13-14).

The enemy will always be out to get us and he is clever in masking behind a deceiving statement that would seem logical to the world but it may not be so to Christian beliefs. Which is why, it is so important to arm ourselves with the knowledge of the Word. Let’s not get complacent and think that we already know the Word of God. Meditating on the Word daily is the key. “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:7)

For example, would it be sufficient for us to exercise just once to lose weight? The answer would be no. In order to maintain a healthy weight, it requires proper discipline on our diet and even a regular work out. With this, I want to encourage you to EXERCISE, exercise on the Word of God. So that the next time you hear a questionable statement, you wouldn’t be easily swayed by the worldly views. Stop and think. Remember to always verify with the Word of God and tune into the Holy Spirit for guidance.  We pray to be deeply rooted in Christ like “like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (Psalm 1:3).

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to us the Way, the Truth and the Life so that we may have an eternal life. You alone are perfect in knowledge and wisdom. Please give us teachable attitudes and hearts that love to learn the Truth.  Grant me a spiritual discipline so that I may meditate on your Word daily. I pray for the Holy Spirit to always guide us to follow the Truth and deliver us from false teachings.

Popular posts from this blog

The Danger of Spiritual Infancy (Hebrews 5:11 - 6:12)

Have you met people who refuse to grow up? There are some adults who prefer to remain as children because they do not want to take on adult responsibilities. Not only is immature behaviour unpleasant to observe or deal with, the consequences are often destructive. In Hebrews 5:11-14, the writer expresses his frustration that some members of the church were refusing to grow into spiritual maturity. They were no longer trying to understand God’s word (v 11). Instead of taking on the responsibility of teaching others as they themselves had been taught, they needed to be taught the basics all over again (v12). Therefore, they were unable to take on “solid food” which is for mature Christians, and they were not able to distinguish good from evil (v14) or to understand teaching about righteousness (v13). Spiritual maturity is a necessary part of our walk with God. Remaining as a spiritual infant means that you are not good at discerning right from wrong and you will have a hard time maintain

A prophet prophesies and the church fully obeys (Acts 11:27- 12:4)

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. 12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. When Jewish believers from Cyprus (Europe) and Cyrene (Liby

THE BLESSINGS OF HIS NAME (Numbers 6:22 - 27

I find this interesting because I remember listening to Pastor Betty’s message for 2021, and it was on the same Benediction Blessing verses. And today’s Scripture reading is exactly the same, and I am sure the Holy Spirit wants to remind us of “The Blessings of His Name” for 2022. Today, our mobile phones are loaded with New Year wishes, TV and radio personalities wish into microphones and cameras – we hear them from so many different sources. Carefully note what God tells us: “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.’ So, they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:23-27) In this way, God places His all-important NAME on us, His people. A comparison would be that of signing on a cheque. An unsigned check is void and worthless until the owner ‘s “name” has been pl