Matthew 7:15 – HOW TO STOP OTHERS SHIPWRECKING YOUR LIFE!

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Matthew, Matthew 7
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Matthew 7:15 – HOW TO STOP OTHERS SHIPWRECKING YOUR LIFE!

Shipwrecked!

They must have seen the cyclone winding its way down the coast of Queensland. But seeing the storm on television and not doing anything about it led to devastating consequences. Being moored outside the harbour left their vessels vulnerable to the punishing winds and wayward currents and tides. It’s no use just watching out for a storm!

I walked along the shore afterwards and the wasted pieces of debris were scattered for as far as the eye could see. Large vessels lay beached in sad shapes of upheaval as if summoned and thrown about by huge cruel fingers and left crumpled and injured upon the mud and rocks. One couple suffered the loss of a million dollar yacht now strewn in pieces of wreckage along the coastline. The warnings went unheeded with disastrous consequences.

In Matthew 7:15 (NLT) Jesus says “BEWARE of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.” False Prophets can obviously cause harm or Jesus wouldn’t have said “BEWARE”. The word is emphatic so this warning is strong and direct. In the original language of the New Testament, it means “hold toward or before” It has the idea of holding your mind to something, taking heed, paying close attention, to continually watch out for and be on your guard against the danger of their deception. It’s not just noticing the possibility of danger but actively guarding against it.

The wide expanses of water look very attractive and easy to navigate when it comes to truth. False teachers do not think they will need any navigational equipment. But such a course leads nowhere except destruction on the reefs of false beliefs that lurk beneath the still waters. Isaiah 9:15-16 (NLT) speaks about false teachers. He says “… They have led them down the path of destruction.”

False prophets lead people into dangerous waters and teach something quite different to what the Bible proclaims. They say, “Heaven and hell is a myth.” They say, “God is a God of love and so won’t permit anyone to be punished for eternity,” They say, “Satan is a myth.” They say “Jesus didn’t die for our sin.” They say “We are not responsible for our sins. The blame lies with our parents or our environment.” (Kistemaker)

1 Corinthians 15:3 (NLT) makes it clear that “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.” God is a God of love, but because He is, He makes it clear that there is only one way to be saved (John 3:16-17). John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus makes it clear when He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” Acts 16:31 makes it clear when it says “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…” 

Truth is a narrow way that leads to life and is not necessarily an easy channel. The unpredictable depths of the narrow passage requires a Captain to take precautions as he sails through, taking soundings from his navigational equipment and consulting the charts. It takes effort, determination and perseverance to take that path and a Captain who knows what He is doing. We have such a Captain.

How do I safeguard myself against false teaching? One way is to read and study the navigational charts of the Word of God, praying that the Holy Spirit will fill me and lead me into His Truth. The Bible will always be the DEPTH SOUNDER for the truth, the NAVIGATIONAL STANDARD by which we can measure our lives. Psalms 119:105 (NLT) says “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” John 16:13-15 (NLT) says “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. …”

2 Timothy 3:13-17 (NLT) says “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.”

The invitation God gives is to take heed, guard, watch carefully and take adequate precautions when it comes to who you allow to speak into your life. Am I more interested in being entertained while rocks are ripping a gash in my life because of a faulty belief system? Or am I willing to chart a course under the direction of a Captain who knows the passage that will achieve His purposes and put my life on a true course for the future? Acts 16:31 says “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”  

Pastor Ross

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  1. Pastor Ross, I love the image of “navigational charts”, and the Bible as a depth sounder. It’s a tangible way of grasping truth.

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  2. Liz Mason says:

    Thank God for the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truths. God is faithful to guide us by His Word. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will never pass away. His Word is truth and we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. Jesus is that very truth and He is the only way to God and the only way to freedom from sin. Thanks for sharing this post.

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