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Satan is working overtime, trying to destroy the church from the inside out. The very foundational beliefs of the church are crumbling today, and the first casualty has been the Truth.
First Timothy 4:1 warns, "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." Similarly, Jude's epistle sounds an alarm, warning the church of the consequences to those who allow themselves to disregard God's Truth to please themselves.
The commitment to learn God's Word and live by it cannot be taken lightly by a believer.
Read Jude 1:3-7. Verse 5 tells how the Israelites forfeited great blessings when they did not trust God's promise to deliver them safely to the Promised Land. Caleb and Joshua, however, stood on God's promises and were allowed to enter. Jude also tells of the fallen angels, who lost their lofty positions when they believed Lucifer's enticing lies (v. 6).
Finally, Jude shows the grief and destruction that came to Sodom and Gomorrah when they winked at sin, carelessly disregarding Scriptural Truth (v. 7). Matthew 7:15 tells us that false prophets are really wolves in sheep's clothing sent by Satan to trip up the faithful. Naturally, believers who have confessed, repented, and accepted Jesus Christ as the only means of atoning for sin will not lose their salvation. Still, Satan can fill their lives with pain, confusion, and grief if he is allowed to infiltrate the church.
What sins has our culture become casual about? Is there an area of temptation in your life that you have not energetically addressed as sin? In addition to knowing God's Word, Christians must fight against apathy. The commitment to learn God's Word and live by it cannot be taken lightly by a believer. Caring about what God cares about is a crucial step toward rebuilding and strengthening God's church.
Prayer: Father, show me any areas of my life where I have become apathetic and allowed falsehood to creep in. Help me to be committed to learning and living by Your Word. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16).
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