See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Beware that nobody leads you astray from the truths and the doctrines of the Gospel of Christ, or into the worship of demons. The apostle Paul cautions against any philosophy of life based on human ideas and experience, that philosophy is not to be mixed with the pure Gospel of Christ . He is condemning teachings that credit humanity rather than Christ with being the answer to life’s problems. There are many man-made approaches to life’s problems that completely disregard God. These teachings are to be rejected.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it ” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.
Which path, which way??? For Christ is the Way – the only Way and we need to follow Him at all cost. We are to walk on the narrow path He leads us on as opposed to the broad or the wide path of the world. His Word tells us to stay on the path we are on and should we veer to the left or to the right through temptation or prodding by the enemy, the Holy Spirit of God who dwells in us will be the voice of correction that will guide us back to the path of righteousness. Abba Father – thank You for the path that you have for us to tread – the same one that Jesus walked. The one that You so clearly spell out for us in Your precious Word, the Instruction Manual for us on how to live our lives. We are not perfect Abba and so often fail – I praise You though that You never change and are the same yesterday, today and forever!!!! Thank you for guiding us and leading us on the path to life forever with You!!!
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word of God. Be prepared whether the time is favorable or not.
A disciple is someone who is a follower. I praise God that Jesus disciples didnt keep the Good News to themselves and they continued to spread it through the world as Jesus told them to. When people first come to Christ it is important that they are discipled by someone who has been in the faith for a while. If the Lord places new believers in your life it is a good opportunity for you to share with them what you have learned since you became a believer. Dont be hesitant if you think you arent a good communicator because God will give you the words to say. I have been a poor communicator most of my life until the last several years when I learned how to be a disciple and how to disciple and mentor others. Nothing ever in my life could compare to being a follower of Christ!
2 Corinthians 12:
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
God’s grace – (His mercy and blessings) – are sufficient for all our needs, The Lord hears and answers His people – not always in a way they desire but in a way that will bring glory to Him. His strength shines forth in its perfection and glory and strengthens His people under all their weaknesses. When we try to do things in our own strength we can become prideful. When we are weak and are able to call on God to fill us with His strength, we are much stronger then we could ever be by ourselves. Walk in His strength!!