Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:4-7 NKJV
Have you ever been deceived with persuasive words? How do you become deceived? Someone tells you something that sounds like the truth and may have some truth in it, but ultimately it is not the whole truth and you believe it. We know where these lies come from, don’t we? Jesus said this about Satan in John 8:43-45 “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
If you were a carpenter you would not take someone’s word that the cut is straight or measured correctly, you would measure twice and then cut it make sure it is exactly right otherwise the item you’re building could come out all wrong and would be wasteful of all that time and material.
How do you know you’re being deceived by some who teaches the Word of God? You find out for yourself. Search the Scriptures to know if it’s true, like the Bereans did ( Acts 17:11 ) when they heard the gospel. I would expect you’d do the same with this article. Look up the verses for yourself, to make sure they are not twisted out of context.
We need not fear though. John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” We also have the Holy Spirit guiding us in all truth ( John 16-13 ).
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Did you notice the process outlined here? First you receive Christ Jesus the Lord, then you walk in Him. Next your become rooted, grounded and built up in Him, which establishes your faith and ultimately brings thanksgiving.
How do you walk in Him? Follow His examples and obey His commands. Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” How do you become rooted and built up in Him? Read His Word and be transformed in your thinking ( Romans 12:2 ). Keep your focus on Him and His ways and be watchful of His activities in your life. How about being established in faith? You might think I will suggest a number of things that you could do, but I’m not. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” It’s all about what God has done and is doing.
There are many practical ways to do the things outlined above. Read your bible daily. Join a bible study. Talk about what you learn with other believers. Keep a prayer journal, noting when the answers come. Start thanking God for who He is. Keep your thoughts focused on things that are lovely, pure, true, praise worthy, excellent and of good repute ( Philippians 4:8-9 ). While it is true there is a part you play in the process, the results are from the Lord.
Let me leave you with Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”
Lord, thank You for Your truth that sets us free. Thank You for guiding us along the pathway of righteousness. Thank You for renewing our minds. Help us to walk in You. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.