Today, I ran across one of my favorite verses:
"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is." Ephesians 5:15-17
I love this verse. It is so true that the days are evil. Deception is EVERYWHERE. And unfortunately, even the church is falling prey to deceptions. Many have been deceived into thinking that children are a burden, rather than a blessing, and that what a woman does outside the home is more valuable than what she does inside the home. Prosperity is being pursued rather than giving what we have to the poor. Sermons are being watered down more and more and the much of the church is oblivious to this. 1 Timothy 4:3 says, "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." Doesn't that sound like the world today?
Be very aware my dear sisters. Know your Bible. If you don't know truth, then you won't recognize deception when you're confronted with it. Your Bible is your guide. When you're out in an unfamiliar place trying to find someplace you've never been, what is your most valuable tool? A GPS, right? Your Bible is like your GPS. It is your guide in this crazy confusing world. You could call it God's Positioning System. It'll position you right where you need to be: firmly grounded in His Word.
Blessings to all my dear sisters! Keep alert and keep your armor on!
"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:11
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8
"So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled." 1 Thes.5:6
"Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!" Mark 13:33-37
(What is YOUR assigned task?? Will you be found doing it when He returns?)