Day 19 | Don’t Be Cheated

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Colossians 2:16-23 |Forty Days With God

We are cautioned in these verses not to be cheated out of the liberty and freedom Christ gave us. We are not to allow ourselves to be led astray or judged by rules and regulations concerning what we eat or drink, or what holidays or festivals or customs or practices we follow. We’ve already been freed from them.

If you died with Christ to the way the world thinks and acts, why do you submit to rules and regulations as though you were living in the world? Colossians 2:20 (CEB)

There are many who claim to speak/teach/preach the word of God, but we are to use discernment. Not every man or woman of God is truly of God. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 22:14, “Many are called but few are chosen.”

I heard:

A well known Pastor tell a national television audience that Jesus turned the water at the wedding feast in to grape juice. He went on to say the use of the word ‘wine’ in the bible is nothing more than a euphemism, because the consumption of wine is a sin. He said it with a straight face so I think he was serious.

I read:

  • 1Timothy 5:23, “Stop drinking just water, but use a little wine for your digestion and your frequent illnesses.”
  • Psalm 104:14-15, “He provides grass for the cattle, and crops for the people to cultivate, so they can produce food from the ground, as well as wine that makes people feel so good, and oil to make their faces shine, as well as food that sustains people’s lives.”

That’s just two examples. I went a step further and looked up the word in Strong’s Hebrew/Greek Dictionary. It means: wine.

If we blindly follow what someone says, (even someone in authority) then it’s our own fault if we’re led down the wrong path. Everything should be compared with the Word. If it goes against His Word, it’s false.

Next: Focus Above | Colossians 3: 1-11

Be Blessed!

  • Taylor

    You’re right. That’s why we’re cautioned to “watch as well as pray.”

  • The Pepperrific Life

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s so easy- and tempting- to fall into the trap of persons who blindly lead us.

    Reminds me of a local politician who has lately been quoting a lot from the Bible, but I don’t think he’s really in a position to do so, given his “dark” history.