"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;"
This year, we've been talking about who we are in Christ. But today, I'd like to focus on who we are NOT to be in Christ. We are not to be children. We are not to be carried away by false doctrines. We are not to be tricked into believing like the world on issues that are black and white in the Bible. What happens when we are craftily deceived? We may not know it or experience the harmful effects of the serpent's bite immediately. But, the vile bacteria of his sting of deceit will cause us to rot from the inside out. How do I know? That's what's happening right now with my lab, Abby. A snake struck her two times, but apparently it was a "dry strike" with little or no venom. However, the vet explained that a snake's mouth is filthy; filled with bacteria. Abby didn't show signs that she'd been bitten until a full day after it happened. She's gradually become worse and worse; even with treatment. The sting of the serpent is vile. Jesus said Satan is a serpent and deceitful. If we don't want the vile bacteria of his lies in our lives, we must guard our thoughts and beliefs; holding firmly to Biblical truth. We are NOT to be children, carried by every wind of doctrine, trickery, and craftiness in deceitful scheming.
Heavenly Father, the only way that we can avoid the serpent's vile sting is to hold close to Biblical truth. Thank You for giving it to us so clearly. If we have strayed, help us quickly return. If the poison of worldly thinking is already running through our veins, cleanse and heal us.