Devotions for November 22, 2017

JUDE 12-13

12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you.[a] They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots. 13 They are like wild waves of the sea, churning up the foam of their shameful deeds. They are like wandering stars, doomed forever to blackest darkness.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-5

3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

BEWARE

God cares about us so much that he wishes for us to be Biblically literate. This is how we can discern truth from counterfeit. When people are trained to identify counterfeit money, they are first tasked to diligently study the appearance of legitimate dollar bills. That way, when they see a fake, they can easily identify the difference between real money and fake money. This can have a spiritual application, too. As we study the Bible diligently, it is much easier to figure out when someone is trying to deceive you spiritually. It is also helpful to have godly men and women in your life who can guide you.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What are some of the metaphors Jude gives to represent the destruction achieved by false teachers who claim to be Christian authorities?

Q: How can you be sure you understand what the Bible teaches? Are you reading the Bible daily?

Q: Who can you help grow in their Biblical knowledge?

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