It is important to keep a watchful eye on our thoughts. Philippians 4:8 advises us where to focus. It is too easy to be deceived and led astray and too easy to lose focus. This battle is 24/7. What we let in us — what we eat, what we drink, what we think, what we speak and then hear, what we read, what we see, etc. — all of this that we take in will have a result. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 11 of the importance to be careful.
In today’s passage, Paul says that we “seem to gladly tolerate anyone.” I was stuck on that phrase for a long time. It beckons the question — am I listening to someone who is corrupting my thoughts? Am I allowing someone to speak into my life who is sharing something that Jesus never said? Is there a pastor, a Christian speaker or author, a theologian, who is misrepresenting God’s Word and leading me astray? These are questions we have to consider all of the time. As we listen to sermons and podcasts and attend conferences, as we read books and work through Bible study guides and devotions, are we seeking out that which honors God’s Word? Are we ensuring that God’s Word is always the foundation?
We live in interesting times. With the rise of Christian celebrity, it is vital that we pay extra attention to who has our ears. I am in no way pointing out a particular person or ministry that has gone astray. Rather, I am giving you a warning. Pay attention. Stay alert. God’s Word is always to be the foundation. God’s Word should always have top priority. If you stay fixed on His Word, you’ll notice the imposters. If anyone tries to share with you something that goes against His Word and you’ve been so fixed on His Word that you have it written on your heart, then you will notice the imposter and you will not be taken off course. Make time each day for a quiet time with you and God, with only you and your Bible. As you spend this time with Him daily, you will be better at knowing His voice.
“But now I’m afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s clever lies, your thoughts may be corrupted and you may lose your single-hearted devotion and pure love for Christ. For you seem to gladly tolerate anyone who comes to you preaching a pseudo-Jesus, not the Jesus we have preached. You have accepted a spirit and gospel that is false, rather than the Spirit and gospel you once embraced. How tolerant you have become of these imposters!’ – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 [TPT]
Thank You Jesus for Your Word. Thank You that I can read Your Truth. Thank You that I can trust Your Word. Lord, help me to keep my eyes fixed on You. Lord, help to shine a light of Your Truth on any lies around me. Lord, I do not want any imposters. I want You! In Jesus’ Name. Amen!