For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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We will then no longer be infants tossed about the waves and blown along by every wind of teaching, at the mercy of people clever in devising ways to deceive. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in every respect grow up into him who is the head, the Messiah. Under his control, the whole body is being fitted and held together by the support of every joint, with each part working to fulfill its function; this is how the body grows and builds itself up in love.
Each believer has a given task and when they act in obedience they assist in building a strong fellowship. This can be visualized as soldiers who position themselves arms locked together in a line and standing firm supported on all sides by comrades with a similar purpose under the leadership of Christ. A line that cannot be broken.
Any teaching, any new ‘wave’ that breaks up the line is not of God. Instruction comes today as it did for Paul and the apostles through the scripture and personal experience that lines up with scripture. These men all received instruction in scripture from an early age. Jesus did as well.
It is a sign of maturity that one who is grounded in scripture will not be tossed about by every wave, every wind promising something new because they have been firmly planted in God’s teaching, God’s words.
Pray – Help me, God, to stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with my feet fitted with peace. Also, help me to take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Help me to put on the helmet of salvation and take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Help me to pray, in the Spirit, on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, help me to be alert and always keep on praying for all the those you have placed in my path.
Repent – I repent for wasting time and energy being concerned about what may be the onslaught of deception instead of spreading the truth of your Word, sharing what is right. I repent for having my focus on the error rather than on righteousness.
Ask – Mighty God, Your Word clearly states that Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Help me to be able to discern by your Spirit because his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Guard the hearts and minds of your children against deception with the sure knowledge that even the evil one knows and uses your words.
Yes – Glorious God, I thank you for qualifying me to share in the inheritance of those in the kingdom of light. For you have rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Thank you for the continued growth and maturity available to all who search your word.
Resources: Colossians 1, 2 Corinthians 11, Ephesians 6
Thanks to Beth Moore: Praying God’s Word.