2 Samuel 18, 2 Corinthians 11, Ezekiel 25, Psalm 73

2 Corinthians 11:4
"You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed."  (NLT)

Paul's analysis of false teachers is thorough, isn't it?  They teach a false Jesus, a false Spirit, and a false Gospel.  Professing Christians quite often accept whatever the "learned and educated" teach rather than read and study God's Word for themselves.  Why is the acceptance of false teachers rampant today?  

 Paul gives a partial answer in verses 13-15.  These false teachers disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.  It should not surprise us since Satan presents himself as an angel of light.  We need to remember how Satan deceived Eve and the consequences of trading the truth for the lie. 

How should we respond to such an enemy?  Daily preparation for the schemes of the devil must include putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11).  We also need to remember Isaiah 8:20 (NLT), "Look to God's instructions and teachings!  People who contradict his word are completely in the dark."  The Barean's should be our example, "They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11)

Lord and Teacher, we want to learn Your lessons of life.  Holy Spirit, teach us to keep our eyes on Jesus the Living Word and His written Word.  May our ears be so attuned to the truth anything false will immediately ring "LIE" in our mind.  

Psalm 73:15
"If I had said, 'I will speak thus," I would have betrayed the generation of your children."

Thankfully, Asaph was not someone who had to say everything he thought.  He began listening to those who proudly lived their lives without acknowledging the goodness of God.  They were saying, "What does God know?" and "Does he even pay attention?"

Because they seemed to live very successful lives, Asaph began to envy them.  He started to think his attempts to live a righteous life were in vain.  He grew weary thinking about why the wicked had such a comfortable life while he struggled.  Thankfully, as Asaph tried to understand why the wicked seem to prosper, he spent time with God.  Instead of evaluating the situation based on his experience or emotions, Asaph listened to God's Word concerning the proud and wicked.  We don't know what he heard God say exactly but it could have been:  "Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin (Proverbs 21:4) or "None of those proud and wicked people will survive, all their wealth and prestige will be swept away (Ezekiel 7:11 NLT). 

God's word reveals the destiny of the wicked.  They are on a slippery slope that leads to destruction.  Unless they turn from their evil ways, they will be destroyed in a mere moment.  

A few years ago, Carol and I determined to make Psalm 73:23-24 a life verse.  Like Asaph, we, too, realized we could allow our thoughts to lead us away from God's wisdom.  Unfortunately, unlike Asaph, we began telling each other what we were thinking.  One side of the conversation would be "Blah, blah, blah," expressing emotion or experience that seemed real enough but was unfiltered by God's Word.  Thank the LORD, the other side of the conversation was, "Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward will receive me to glory" (Psalm 73:23-24)

I am a blessed man to have a companion who will challenge my "Blah, blah, blah" with God's Word.

Father, please bless all Your children with brothers and sisters as You have me.  Please place someone in their lives who loves You and them enough to say "Nevertheless."

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