Over 350 times in the New Testament we are told in various forms to: beware, be aware, stay alert, stay awake, be alert! The warnings are for everything from the devil himself, to evil workers, lawless people, false teachers, false prophets and somebody offering a bribe.
The greatest concern – losing a grip on truth. This year with all the added chaos, there’s been so much confusion and conflicting information. Every day I get updates on: illnesses, deaths, natural disasters, and mayhem of every kind. A crazy year, topped off by an election… that’s only getting crazier.
“Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled, lawless men and fall from your firm grasp on the truth.” 2 Peter 3:17
So who has the truth?
“Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your Word, which is truth.“- Jesus. John 17:17
Since God’s Word is truth… I have to have a firm grasp on it! That means – read, read and read some more. I use several versions and a few commentaries. I also love biblehub.com for any confusing passages. They offer an Apostolic Bible Polyglot (word for word translation from original Greek to modern English). Super helpful.
Studying the truth helps me spot the lies, maybe not in statistics and reported numbers… but definitely “errors from unprincipled, lawless men.” Putting scripture in my heart guards me against being led astray, I won’t lose my grip on the truth that really matters!