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About-Him.Com Devotional 07-11-2011

Freedom From Enticing Words

Text: Colossians 2:4 ¶  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

As we stated earlier  in this series, Paul wrote  to the Colossians, whom he had never seen face to face. He had been told by Epaphras, the founder of the church, that they kept good order and were steadfast in the faith. However, Epaphras must have also told Paul that there were problems arising. Someone or somebody was trying to subvert their faith in Christ.  We’ve seen these types over the years. I remember one anointed pastor who came up with a heretical doctrine after he had begun to lose position in his church organization. I remember another describing angelic visits. This man got into some downright perversion, when he started teaching about spiritual wives. I remember a handsome young evangelist  fleecing a congregation of a goodly amount of money as he used enticing words to describe how an angel had commissioned him to start a radio program.  It was found out later that he left the church that night to meet his girlfriend. He did sound real good though. Some in the congregation had discernment that something wasn’t right, and unfortunately others got burned.  

We have to be careful of enticing words. We live in a time when people desire to hear smooth things and deceits and there is no shortage of those willing to oblige.  

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:  

We need to weight every word that we hear, and check it against God’s word. Sometimes the faster the speaker speaks and the more his volume increases, the faster the amens come from the congregation. When we reflect upon what the speaker actually said, we may regret that we were so quick to agree.  

Text: Colossians 2:6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  

When we believed the gospel we believed that Jesus was all powerful to take care of every situation in life. He hasn’t changed one bit. He’s all that we need, period. We believed the simple gospel that , “...It behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day  and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations…. (Lu. 24:46-48). We were labored and carrying a heavy burden. We heard the promise of Jesus that He would  take our load and to ease our burden, if we would only come under His yoke (Mt. 11:28-30). We gladly received His promise and we became a new creature in Christ (2Cor. 5:17). Paul is saying that we need to continue what we started and don’t let anyone beguile us. Those who would entice us would say that, “Jesus is okay, but you need something else and I’ve got just the thing that you need.” yada, yada, yada, ad nauseum.  

We live in an area where a large percentage of the population belong to a particular sect. The people can’t be surpassed in good works and moral character. Unfortunately they are taught that God the Father was once a man who ascended to godhood, and of course you can do the same, if you work hard enough.  When they knock on my door, I start the conversation by saying, “I believe that Jesus Christ is Almighty God manifested in the flesh,”  and that cuts the conversation rather short. Another sect knocks on my door quite often. They are to be commended for their door knocking . but their works won’t gain them entrance into heaven, when they teach that Jesus is “a god” rather than God Almighty. Jesus said that we believe that He is He, we'll die in our sins (Jn. 8:34).  

Text: Colossians 2:7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  

We have no desire to follow anything or anybody whose words and practices detract from the preeminence of the Lord Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross on our behalf. We were taught by godly teachers who not only had knowledge of God’s word, but they also had a deep relationship and experience with their Savior. When they prayed, heaven moved. Their grammar may have been faulty at times, but their message was spot on.  

Some would tell us that there is some good in all religions and we see elements of Buddhism and other eastern religions being embraced by professing Christians. I would say that old Buddha is dead, leave him buried.  

When the apostle Paul was leaving Ephesus for Rome, he warned the Ephesian elders that grievous wolves would appear among them and that of their own selves men would arise speaking perverse things in an effort to draw men unto themselves (Acts 20:28-31). Peter said that false prophets would arise among the church who would speak damnable heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them (2Pe. 2:1). Romans 16:18 tells us that "… They that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.  

Ever since Satan beguiled Eve in the garden, deceivers have abounded among God’s people. He goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pe. 5:8).  However, We are not gullible children anymore. God has given us His Spirit  and He  leads and guides us in all truth and brings to remembrance all things that Jesus commanded (Jn. 14:26).  

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