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Monday, May 2, 2016

Don't Be Deceived

Colossians 2:8, worldly philosophies, false cultural beliefs
If all we do is hear God's Word, we become deceived (James 1:22). 

We need to look at it intently, study it, and live it (James 1:25). 

We recognize error only when we have a mature and growing knowledge of God. 

Colossians 2:4 warns us against being deceived by arguments that are persuasive, smooth, enticing, fine-sounding, well-crafted, sounding plausible.* 

How many students have been persuaded by a teacher to give up their "unscientific" creation beliefs (2 Peter 3:3-5)? 

How many Christians have been convinced by our immoral culture that homosexuality is right even though God calls it wrong (Romans 1:26-27)? 

How many Christians have accepted the popular secular teaching about esteeming self instead of the Biblical teaching about denying self (Matthew 16:24; 2 Timothy 3:1-5)?

Dear, Christians, there are thousands of false philosophies in our world. Let's prepare our minds for action (1 Peter 1:13).

"Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ." Colossians 2:8 
* how these arguments are described in various versions of the Bible


Bible Study

prepare your minds for actions, don't be deceived
1. Getting to know God is a life-long pursuit that we should take seriously. Read and ponder how you can better apply the passages below:

 2 Timothy 2:15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 

James 1:25: But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do.

I see these steps in James 1:25 regarding study of God's Word:
1. looking (reading)
2. continuing (regularly reading)
3. not forgetting (memorizing, reciting, re-reading)
4. doing (applying it to our lives)

2. Read all passages linked to the devotion and ask God to show you any areas where you are listening to false philosophies.

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