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Email Message 3
September 23, 2011
|Greetings in the Name of Jesus
Beware and Be Watchful
Does anyone ever wonder why God said in His Word to BEWARE? Is it reasonable then to think we should be alert and take Him at His Word? If so, then perhaps we should find out just what it is He is warning us about. When He tells us to beware and watchful then it is for our benefit to search the Scriptures to find out just what we need to be on our guard about. Okay, let's go to God's Word and see what we can find concerning "Beware and Be Watchful".
When the Lord tells us to beware and watchful, He is very serious about it and we should be also. First let's go to Acts 20:28-31. Paul is telling believers of his day why they should beware and be watchful. As Paul is leaving to travel to Jerusalem (verse 22) he says,
"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears."
This is saying preachers take heed how you feed the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood. Paul said after he left there would be grievous wolves creeping into the flock and they would create divisions and strife among the congregation. They would speak perverse, perverted and corrupt words or doctrines so they would get a following. Would it surprise you to discover that preachers and teachers are doing just that today?
We, in the twenty-first century, are to take this same warning and apply it to our own lives. God has given us warning after warning in His Word about the things that will, not only hurt us spiritually, but could damn our souls to hell (Second Peter 2:1). But we just go happily along, ignoring the warnings and follow the many deceivers that are preaching today.
Paul warned those of his day, and every preacher, teacher or pastor, myself included, should be warning believers about the end time we are facing. That is part of our job as called ministers of God.
Matthew 7: 15 says, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
In His service,
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