October 27 – Be Wary On Guard

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.” – 2 Peter 2:1 (NASB)

The existence of those who will teach falsely about God has been the case as far back as human history right to the very beginning of humankind. Peter wrote his second letter to fellow believers warning them of this danger and reminding them that such had been the case among all descendants of Israel. Peter uses “among the people” which is used in the New Testament to identify Israel (Acts 26:17,23). Peter described false teachers in detail so that Christians would always recognize their characteristics and methods. Peter’s point, is that Satan has always endeavored to subvert groups of believers with deceptions invented by false teachers. The greatest sin of those who reject Christ and the most damning work of Satan is falsification of the truth and deceptions. Nothing is more wicked than for someone to claim to speak for God regarding salvation of souls when in reality he speaks for Satan to the damnation of souls. We can take the prediction of the presence of such deceptiveness as a promise and warning for us and be on guard. We must be willing to test all teaching with the God-inspired Scripture.

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John F. MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur Study Bible: New American Standard Bible., (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006), 2 Pe 2:1.

July 11 – Important Practice


“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV)

Today our passage has a rather different promise than we are most used to considering. It is a promise about the effect and outcome of choices we make. This passage is part of the Sermon on the Mount which was the first recorded extensive discourse Jesus gave his disciples and those following Him. If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, it is important to remember that all moral things are difficult. Our lives as Christians are gloriously difficult, by the grace of God the difficulty doesn’t make us faint. Rather the difficulty strengthens us and gives us what is necessary to overcome. The promise we have is that facing the way that is hard takes practice. Our strength comes through the practice of doing what is right, that is righteous. If once we start on the basis of His Redemption to do what He commands, we find that we can do it. When we fail, it is because we have not practiced. Oswald Chambers said about this; “Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing.”*

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  • Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year, (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).