Guard Your Hearts

November 10

 

Read Galatians 4:17

Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. 

 

Reflect

Have you ever had your heart stolen by the wrong person? How did that situation turn out for you in the end?

 

Have you ever had someone pursue your friendship but you soon found out they had selfish, ulterior motives? Maybe they acted like they really wanted to get to know you and be your friend, but you found out that they just wanted to sell you something. Or maybe you’ve experienced someone that wants to steal your allegiance so they passionately and persuasively try to get you to join their cause and leave your past allegiances behind. Perhaps it was a relationship with someone that was so possessive, the individual tried to alienate you from your friends and family for their own gain. None of these are healthy relationships.

 

The Judaizers were these kinds of “friends”. Paul had built a positive relationship with the Christians of Galatia. He had preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them and they joyfully accepted it. But then, the Judaizers came on the scene and began to pursue them. They tried to win them over and steal their hearts. They were zealous or “passionate and enthusiastic” about getting the Christians in Galatia to convert to Judaism and follow Jewish law. By trying to push them into Judaism, they were trying to pull them away from Paul’s true teaching of the doctrine of grace by faith. Paul says, “they want to alienate you from us”. They didn’t want the Galatian Christians to hear the apostles’ teaching because it contradicted their own.

 

Paul warned them that “those people were zealous to win you over, but for no good”. No good could come from hearing a message that contradicts the message of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and grace through your faith alone.

 

Friends, be discerning. There are many false teachers out there trying to win you over and alienate you from the truth so that you can promote them and their message. Don’t buy into it.

 

Pray

Father, please grant me wisdom and discernment to be able to notice the false teachers among me who want me to embrace a false gospel. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Lord help me to keep my eyes on you and not go astray. Jesus help me to stay focused on your word. Let my heart be full of your love and compassion. Amen
Lord Jesus, You are the all wise, all-sufficient, true Son of God. You are all that I need.
Dear Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You and You alone. Make me holy in every way, and may my whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until You, Jesus Christ, come again and take me home. Amen
Thank you Pastor Nat. I could tell the writing was from you before I saw your name. While reading it was as if I could hear your voice. I enjoy hearing your messages. I also have the Go Tandem app. God bless you.
I rather focus more on God in my life, he will fill me with his blessings.
So true; especially these days! STay strong in your Faith!!!
Our Lord Jesus Christ, your name is hallowed above all! There is no other name equal to yours. In humbleness I ask that in all circumstances You allow us to continue to serve you and accept the plans you have for us regardless the outcome, for I am your servant and may YOUR will be done, not mine, in order to advance your kingdom and glory and holy name to a lost world before it’s too late. All glory to God! Amen.
Father please protect us from these false teacher and doctrine. Help us always to remember your grace by faith
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Lord, have Your spirit help me and Your guidance lead me. Let Your wisdom give me discernment to the truth. Let my faith in You and love for You keep me grounded in the path that leads to eternity with You. Give me Your strength and will. In the mighty name of Christ Jesus I pray,Amen.
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Healing for Matthew .Washington, Michael Christopher Andy goes back to school in This Jan. Robert my brother to get a great report. In Jesus name
its a very inspiring devotion.thank you.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love, mercy, forgiveness, grace and the assurance of things hoped for in You by faith. Please give me wisdom and a discerning heart to choose healthy and positive relationships, which will help me to be committed, grow, mature and walk faithfully with You. Amen🙏 !
Thanks for today thought
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Thank you, Pastor Nat. I was briefly caught up in a false church as a young woman. I was saved as a youth but had no Bible teaching from a church but I did have a Bible as Literature class in my public highschool! God was very gracious to me to use teaching from that class to show me that I was being given false teaching by people who said they believed the Bible but were given special knowledge besides the Bible. God's word is living and active, and I am so thankful that He uses it to teach us the truth!
It is easy to put your faith in anything but or additional to Jesus. Jesus is way and the truth and the life. There is no other way to the Father God. Holy Spirit guard us from adding to it taking away from who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Amen
Lord, I invite you to stay near me. Amen.
Thank you Pastor Nat. There is so much false teaching out there, so subtle I really need to discern and seek Gods guidance.
Thank you God for another day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
Father help us to become so familiar with Your truths that we will be able to detect error right away. Thank You for Your Spirit who gives us wisdom and discernment.