Friday, May 19, 2017

Be on Your Guard

Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless. 2 Peter 3:17 NIV

Sometimes a mistake that people make is to assume that Christianity is a passive religion. The teachings of Jesus and the epistle writers are full of calls to action.  Be on your guard! Don’t just let the world swirl around you and permeate your thinking. Watch out for false teaching.  Be discerning. Read the Bible so you can find out what is true. Learn to be suspicious of anything that feeds your pride or greed. Paul in Ephesians talks about our spiritual struggle and advises us to put on the armour of God.  James tells us to resist the devil. Nothing passive about all that.  In fact the words conjure up images of fighting and defending.

“Carried away” suggests a willingness to allow ourselves to just go with the flow.  It might seem like the easier way to live but inevitably we will come upon some difficulty and we will be left without the support of a strong faith.  How quickly discouragement and depression overwhelm us when our minds are full of lies. We need to be vigilant and regularly do housecleaning of our minds so that we can toss out destructive thinking patterns and beliefs.

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