Led Astray From Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – Psalm 124; 2 Corinthians 11-13
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
As we discussed yesterday, the people in Corinth were being led astray from Jesus Christ. False teachers had come in preaching a false gospel and shook the faith of the Corinthians. Paul was worried for them. He loved the Corinthians and did not want to see them fall away from their faith by following the wrong leaders. He compares what is going on with the false apostles to what happened when Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he worried that the Corinthians would be led astray from their sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
When people first accept Christ, they experience this sincere and pure devotion to Jesus Christ that Paul describes. When the Holy Spirit moves a person to begin a personal relationship with Jesus, he or she decides to put Jesus first in everything. After the “bloom is off the rose” though, sometimes things change. Sometimes, when hard times hit, people can be led astray. Sometimes other things come up in life that take over the position of importance that was once reserved for Christ. When a new believer turns to Christ, the enemy will do whatever he can to try to lead them back away from Him.
Jesus wants to be first in our lives. He wants to come before everything else in our hearts. When we put other things before Jesus, we are not truly honoring what He did for us the way we should. It is an easy temptation in this world to get caught up in other things. People can easily put money, work, school, relationships, addictions, and sin before Jesus. Before long, people can begin spending less and less time with Him. Prayers turn into an afterthought – something we do quickly right before we go to sleep. Reading the Bible slows down and eventually stops altogether. The person who was once “on fire” for the Lord is suddenly only lukewarm and then eventually ice-cold. It is a real danger, and it happens a lot.
Daily devotion to Jesus Christ can keep us from being led astray. Everyday, we should spend time thinking about what Jesus did for us. Remember the joy you felt when you first encountered the living God? Think of that joy daily. Think about the changes He has made in your life. Praise Him daily for His greatness. Make reading the Bible and prayer a priority, scheduling a time and place daily to spend with the Lord. Ask God for His help in putting Him first above everything else in your life. When you sin, immediately confess it to God and ask for His forgiveness. Trust in the Lord in all that you do, and never forget His enormous sacrifice for you. Remember that the Holy Spirit is living inside of you and enables you to obey, and then rest in your new identity in Christ.
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Posted on November 18, 2012, in 08 - 2 Corinthians and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.