Holy People: Don't be Deceived
Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 13-14
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 13:3
You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
“A camel is a horse put together by a committee,” someone jokingly said. At any rate, it may not be good for us to eat camel…it’s definitely not good for the camel! Moses was concerned with the physical health of the people as well as with their spiritual and moral health. The Elders in the Jerusalem church decided that non-Jewish believers should observe these food prohibitions: “Blood, things strangled, and meats offered to idols” (Acts 15:20). The entire Kosher system of eating is derived from the last sentence of Deuteronomy 14:21, where meat and dairy products cannot be cooked or eaten together. We can be thankful that these food laws were not required of us. Our key verse, however, gives a prohibition that is just as valid today as it was then. There are false teachers and fraudulent prophets everywhere. 2 Peter warns of the danger, the destruction and the description of those who would seek to turn us away from the truth of God’s Word. This is why we need to affirm the historical understanding of doctrine. False prophets, cult leaders are trolling for a certain kind of fish. Let us not be suckers. These people, who are themselves deceived, will do their best to draw us into their heresies.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, keep me true to You and in solid Bible teaching. Please be with all ministry people. You promised, Lord Jesus, that, “When He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Guide me Holy Spirit I pray. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As the year 2012 drew to a close, everywhere you turned, so it seemed, people were fixated on the Mayan calendar and the false claim that the world would end. Well, we made it past that false Mayan prophesy. It’s obvious that I’m still here. I’m more determined than ever to stay focused on God’s Word so as not to be deceived. My all-time favorite course in Bible College was “Doctrines of Salvation.” I took it twice, not because I failed, but because I had taken a correspondence course a year earlier. Those courses may have had a greater impact on me than the lectures on the same subjects later at college.
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