Devotional: Inspect The Sheep For Fangs

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

This Scripture is not talking about the obvious enemies among us, but alerting us to take heed to discernment.

It is not blatant disregard for Christ these particular people or groups will show, those we clearly know we should avoid; instead, it is the polished, soft-spoken, seemingly well-read, studied and gentle ones who approach us on our own level so as not to come across as judgmental or intimidating.

But wait, that sounds good, right? Isn’t that what we are suppose to be and are to migrate toward? Listen to the WORDS they speak, watch their lifestyle, do they produce godly fruit?

Remember, a doer of good things does not equate with godliness! We must watch out not only who we listen to, but who THEY study and associate themselves with as well. Even though we practice sound doctrine and sit under the teaching of those who do likewise, they are not immune to falling into traps the enemy sets.

Sometimes even the strongest Believers hears, reads or studies something from a source with either outright false doctrine or lies mixed with the Truth of God’s Word (which makes it “false”), so we must be vigilant to guard every potential point of entry where the enemy might threaten to invade.

If we do not know the Word for ourselves, we make ourselves vulnerable. As far as those who lead us, they should be held accountable for what they are teaching, preaching, who their sources are and their affiliations.

If a friend offers a slice of cake they made, there would not be any reason to question it. Now let’s say your friend told you there was a miniscule amount of poison added, would you still ingest it? What if they claim there’s not much, and it probably isn’t toxic?

Just as your reason guards against engaging in what you know to be bad and possibly lethal, you should be all the more vigilant in protecting your spiritual condition.

The Lord is our Great Protector, yet He does expect us to stay aware and alert. Unless we know the Truth, we will not recognize a lie!

Prayer

Most High God
Thank You for being the Great I AM

We pray that we will listen to the convictions of the Holy Spirit
And that we will use discernment in who and what our resources are

Just because someone seems as though they are firm in Your Word
Father we know in these last days, many will present themselves as Your followers, yet will lead others astray

Praise You, Lord for discernment
Please give us courage and willingness to listen and obey

We give You glory for that abrasiveness between Your Spirit and the enemy

Let us not refuse to change if necessary

We pray that we will be aware if we need to abandon what is comfortable just because it is familiar, should the teaching fall away from Truth

Keep us safe in the Truth of Your Word
Let us recognize the scent of wolves
So we can be pre-emptive and flee from that which causes harm

We know our human eyes cannot always detect danger, Father, so we depend on You for discernment!

Protect us, O God, from our own desires to have our ears tickled or tugging of our hearts to remain in a spiritually unhealthy situation

They heart is wicked and deceitful among all things, so we may not want to leave where we are out of a sense of attachment, but Father, our loyalty is to You

We know that these are times when remnants are pulled away

Sadly, many will go astray, Lord
They will fall victim to those they thought they could trust

Thank You for provision, Lord
Please teach us, Father, what You
Will have us to learn
Draw our hearts toward You

Stir our hearts
That those things not of You
We can no longer tolerate

In the Name of Jesus,
AMEN

song

“Slow Fade”

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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