It would be nice if all dangers came with alarms and red flashing lights. However, even those are at times ignored with lives placed in deeper danger! There are dangers of which we simply need to remain aware; heeding the warnings that have been given and take personal responsibility to protect ourselves.
Note a warning Jesus gave His disciples where we read. . .
“ (6) Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”” (Matthew 16:6 ESV)
Though the disciples at first thought Jesus brought up the subject because they had forgotten bread (Matthew 16:5), He made it clear He was referring to the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matthew 16:12) Like leaven quietly working through a batch of dough, so can teachings contrary to the truth of God begin to influence our thinking. There are times when something has simply been said enough times, people begin to believe it whether it is actually true or not; sometimes even believing it came from the Scriptures! This is why our personal study of God’s Word is so important. Like the Bereans, we must compare what we hear with what we read in the Scriptures (Acts 17:11) to ensure we truly are accepting and following the Will of God!
Paul urged the young evangelist Timothy. . .
“(16) Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16 ESV)
Allowing God’s Word to remain the influence in our life, we will be in a position to potentially influence those around us by the truth we speak and the truth we live out in our daily life. May we remain watchful of ourselves so those who are watching us may be influenced by godliness!
Have a great day INFLUENCED BY GOD FOR THE INFLUENCE OF OTHERS