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Watch Yourselves

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This week I have been pondering 2 John. The Apostle John, the one whom Jesus loved, wrote a brief letter, consisting of 13 verses in our Bible. His concern was the proliferation and infiltration of false leaders and their teaching among the churches.

He wrote to “the chosen lady and her children whom I love in truth…” (2 John 1). John’s concern and warning is fitting for us today. Take a moment to read the following:

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver ​and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”
( 2 John 7-11 )

Questions to ponder:

  1. Who are some deceivers I have seen operating in churches? How do they operate and what do they teach?
  2. How does John’s warning, “watch yourselves” apply to me?
  3. In what ways might I have been giving aide or greetings to false leaders or false teaching?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Confidence

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This week I have been reading in 1 John. I was struck by John’s advice, “And now little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” (1 John 2:28).

When we feel guilty about something, we don’t want to talk about it or be around the person we might have offended or wronged. It’s the same when we will face Jesus.

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “If I were to stand before Jesus right now, what would I be ashamed of?” Whatever that is, please confess it before Him today. “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
(1 Jn. 1:9).

Abiding in Jesus is to remain in fellowship with him, by confessing our sins and keeping our focus on Him day to day.

When He comes, and He will come soon, may we have confidence and not shrink back at His appearing.

Maranatha,
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