Don’t turn away
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 1 Timothy 4:1
In this passage, Paul says that right now the Holy Spirit is clearly telling us that in the last days, some will turn away from the faith. If they are turning away, that indicates that once they were living by faith in the blood of Jesus to save them and cleanse them from all unrighteousness. How does this happen and how can we prevent it from happening to us. I have often thought of this passage and considered, how can I be sure not to be part of the “some”?
Below I have listed the ways Paul describes that some will turn away. I have also listed the opposite behavior so we can identify where we stand in our faith walk today.
“Some” Christians will depart from the faith – some will grow closer in their faith walk
“some” Christians will give heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons – some will shut out the voice of the enemy by shutting out the voices of the world.
“some” Christians will speak lies in hypocrisy – some will speak the truth of God’s Word in love
“some” Christians will have their own conscience seared with a hot iron – some will follow a good conscience of what is right in God’s eyes
“some” Christians will forbid to marry – some will honor the covenant of marriage that God ordained from the beginning of time.
Don’t be the one that thinks you have it all together and that you would never be one of the “some” that turn away. Be one of those who are watching and on guard for the enemies attacks no matter how subtle. Start by making quiet time with God a priority of your day. Decide that it is important to stay as close to God as possible and commit all your ways to Him. In that way, He will direct your path.
Today I want to encourage you to stand watch because this age is drawing to a close. We are on the verge of His return and in our last days here on the earth. Determine not to slip away from Him, but press in like you never have before. Make a plan and set a goal to take a step closer to Him each day. Maybe by a couple extra minutes in your quiet time, a few extra minutes in your prayer time. Even a few more minutes in your personal praise and worship time. These are not things you do to check off a list or be more religious minded, these are activities that strengthen your relationship and communication with your Father. You are the one who decides how close you are going to be to Him. Take a step closer to Him each day and He will step closer to you. (James 4:8)
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Timothy 4:1-5