Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 3)
Discover Bad Blazers
False christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:24 (NKJV)
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One Who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the Gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:6-7 (NIV)
Such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:13 (NKJV)
They will secretly introduce destructive heresies... Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the Way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (NIV)
If Jesus is the true Light and Satan is the fake light, then Jesus is the Flame of God and Satan is the fire of hell. Both blaze trails.
The path of Jesus is wonderfully good, but fearfully hard: like walking uphill through thorns. They prick you, but you heal and grow stronger.
The path of Satan is temptingly bad, but all-too-easy: like coasting downhill through slime. It blinds you, but you you're going too fast to stop.
Knowingly or unknowingly, bad blazers work for the enemy. Millions follow them. Meek-free Christians are quick to condemn today's government, opposing leaders, liberal bullies, kings of Hollywood, corrupt CEOs and scandalous stars. Surely, some of them are wrong.
But is this our business? Jesus said, 'I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world' (John 12:47). Paul said, 'What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?' (1 Corinthians 5:12). We're told to be 'Subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established' (Romans 13:1).
So what is our business? To examine ourselves. Who are we following? 'My dear friends, don't believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world' (1 John 4:1, The Message).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider two Cross-examinations: 1) Cross-examine yourself. 'Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults' (Psalm 19:12). Ask God to reveal your secret sins that you may know them, confess and repent.*
2) Cross-examine the Christian leaders in your life. Examine their lifestyles in comparison to Jesus. Examine their teachings in the Light of God's uncut and unfiltered Word. This means you must read It for yourself, which is your reasonable duty, as His commissioned, trail-blazing troops.
To Be Continued...
* Psalm 19:7-14: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+19%3A7-14&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.