Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV)
How will you remain on guard ago against false teaching? How will you be able to stand against evil that is in the world? Where will all your strength and stability come from? How will you bring glory to my name? Those are all very good questions. To stand guard against false teaching I must first know the truth. Where will you find the truth? The truth is in your word. You will show me the truth when I meet with you in your word. You are the way, the truth and the life. Yes, I am. You will guide me into all the truth. You will guard me by the truth. You will keep me in the truth. Yes, I will.
Knowing the truth will never be enough. I must choose to remain in the truth. I must keep on coming to you. You will help me to know the truth and put it into practice. Yes, I will. As I grow in knowing you and keep on putting the truth into practice I will be strengthened to stand against evil in the world. As I draw near to you, you will draw near to me. You will make me able to resist the devil and all his evil. He will flee from me. Yes, he will. You will guard and keep me in the secure position that I have in you. Yes, I will.
Knowing you and living in the truth will cause me to bring glory to your name. I will live the life that you have given me to live. I will do what you ask of me. I will fulfill the plans that you have had for my life. I will do the good works that you have prepared for me to do for you. You will use me as your instrument. I will be a tool in your hands. I will shine brightly for you in the world. Yes, you will.
As best I can tell, being on guard against false teaching and evil will require four things. What’s that? First, being on guard will require that I know the truth that is found in you. Second, being on guard will require that I live in a close and intimate relationship with you. Third, being on guard will require that I resist evil with all the strength that you will give to me. Finally, as I allow you to use me for your kingdom and glory, I will be strengthened even more to live my life for you. Yes, you will.
Lord, I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to follow you. Help me to grow in knowing, loving and following you. Keep me on guard against false teachers. Help me to stand against evil in the world. May my life glorify you in all that I think, say and do. Amen
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