2 Corinthians 11:4
As I’m beginning to write this, I’m sitting in the doctor’s office waiting room next to a lady who is reading her Quran while Casting Crowns proclaims, “Jesus is the only name to remember,” over the speakers. She’s been pouring over the pages since she sat down. I don’t say this to be condemning or judgmental, I say this to remind you all to open your eyes. Look around. We’ve learned a little about the true bright Light in past days; but there are many lights in our world that pose as true and bright, when in fact they are false and dull. This doesn’t have to be something as blatant as a false religion. It is anything that you ascribe worship to other than God Himself.
Read 2 Corinthians 11:4 again.
This describes people who will come proclaiming a different Jesus, holy spirit, or gospel than the one proclaimed by the Light Himself (Jesus, for those of you who may be a little slow today). You may catch yourself thinking, “I’m good. I’m not buying into other religions or sending my money to people who teach prosperity gospels.” But before you release yourself of any blame in this area, let’s check your heart a little.
How many times have you bought something believing it would bring you happiness? Or maybe you assume that God has promised you’ll get married or have kids one day. Possibly you think that having more friends on Snapchat or Instagram, or dating the most popular boy or girl will bring you ultimate satisfaction. How about this one? “God, if you love me, you’ll let my team win.” These are the “gospels” that the world constantly proclaims and that we find ourselves either believing or fighting daily. The Bible speaks directly to this issue in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” It goes on to say that by renewing your mind, you’ll be able to understand the will of God. By not conforming to the things the world expects of you, you’re changing your preferences to be what God prefers. As you seek God, the true Light, His desires will become your desires, and the “gospels” you were trusting in before will not carry as much weight, if any at all.
As you go throughout your day today, try to pinpoint thoughts you have or ideals you’ve set and compare them to the truth of God’s Word. Are they true or are you believing something that you heard somewhere else? If they are not true, remind yourself of what God says in His Word. John 16:33 says, “Take heart, because I have overcome the world.” We don’t follow a God who is still fighting the battle, we serve a God who has WON! You can have victory as well.
What are some false gospels you have believed?
What does God’s word say about them? (Use the reference section in the back of your Bible)
What is a good strategy to help me walk in freedom and light going forward?
Are there any friendships I need to break away from that may be leading me toward sin?
What desires do I have that do not honor the Lord? Pray and ask the Lord to change your heart.