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AWAY FROM GOD

February 20, 2017

Monday

 

1 Timothy 4:1

 

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

 

LESSON

 

Paul reminded Timothy of the apostasy that Jesus Christ had foretold, in order to equip him to identify and deal with it. In contrast to the true revelation of God, false teaching would arise as time passed.

 

A Christian who follows the impulses of his or her sinful human nature, rather than those of the Holy Spirit, is a carnal believer. It comes as a shock to some people that Satan uses professed Christians in the church to accomplish his work. But Satan once used Peter to try to lead Jesus on a wrong path, and he used Ananias and Sapphira to try to deceive the church at Jerusalem. Paul warned that false teachers would arise from within the church.

 

C.S. Lewis said “A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world — and might even be more difficult to save.” God will sometimes withdraw his grace from sinners like these and hand them over to Satan to be deceived. How does Satan deceive us? Satan will try to make the most harmful things seem the most harmless. He will take those things that corrupt our minds, and make them humorous. Satan tries to pass of what appeals to the flesh, knowing its corruption, as something that is a necessity. As if to say “As a Christian, you should do this or that.” It’s like the coach of a rival team giving advice to the opposing coach on what he should do to win the game. It’s never the devil’s interest to promote the gospel or to advise Christians how they should live for Christ, and yet that doesn’t stop many Christians from taking his advice.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:27
He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby

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