2 Peter 2:18-21
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 2 Peter 2:21
While every child of God has a built-in “spiritual security system,” some Christians are far more vulnerable than others to spiritual predators. False teachers, or “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” will seek out immature believers and exploit their ignorance. The wolves also hunt down people with unresolved guilt, in an effort to salve their consciences with phoney remedies.
People who fail to confess and forsake sin according to Scripture remain highly susceptible to Satan’s trickery. Another group of people at risk of seduction are those who have gained a head knowledge of Jesus and religious practices but have not followed through in genuine discipleship. They may be church members, and they may even be baptized, but something is missing. They have no root in true godliness and end up entangled in a worse state than before.
Fortunately, believers are equipped to avoid these potholes. We have a security system designed to protect us if we keep it well tuned. First and foremost, we have to saturate our minds continually with God’s truth. In so doing, we will eventually develop a mental grid that reacts in alarm when something false comes our way. In this manner, we become rooted and grounded in the truth.
Christians must also learn to know the Holy Spirit personally and listen to Him. He enables us to have a discerning spirit, and He will educate our conscience to provide timely warnings when we start down the wrong path. We can escape the snares of the devil and rest secure in Jesus.
Thank You for Your security system, Lord. Warn me when I start down the wrong path. Help me escape the snares of the devil and rest securely in You.