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Truth Or Consequences

Truth Or Consequences

25 August 2011

Reading: Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 79; 2 John

Scripture:

7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They do not believe that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out, so that you do not lose the prize for which we have been working so hard. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God. But if you continue in the teaching of Christ, you will have fellowship with both the Father and the Son. (2 John 7-9 NLT)

John’s second letter reminds Christ-followers that our motivating and identifying characteristic is that we love God and love each other. Then he gives a solemn warning about false teaching and deception.

The dangers of false teaching and deception are always present. Now, with the internet, satellite communication technologies, and the absence of scriptural and moral underpinnings in society, error and deception can spread more rapidly and more widely than ever before.

Our faith and fellowship is based on hearing, believing, and living the truth of who Jesus Christ is and what he taught us about God, ourselves, and himself. If we’re going to live faith-based lives, that means false teaching, lies, and deception are very real dangers. Like Paul and the author of Hebrews, John calls us back to the simple truth, the foundational teachings of Christ and about Christ.

Our greatest protection against deception is a deep love for the truth and an unshakable determination to actually build our lives on the truth God gives us. We must never forsake the foundations.

It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know!

Prayer:

Father, We love you and we love your truth and we’re learning to love one another. Please protect us against damaging deception. Don’t let us stray from the simple truth that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Help us to always love and live the simple truth. May our lives and our faith mark a clear path for those who follow after us. Amen.

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