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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 ESV, Titus 1:1-16 ESV, Psalm 97:1-98:9 ESV, Proverbs 26:13-16 ESV

Daily Verse: “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” (Titus 1:9 ESV)

ANTILEGO (483): “This word means “to speak against: and is rendered “answering again.”[1]

Speak against.

Following Jesus means holding firm to His teachings when the winds of the world blow against it.  People openly oppose Christ, teaching false gospels that lead nowhere.

As a little girl, I idolized my dad; my faith in him, not God.  When I discovered my dad’s imperfections, my world collapsed.  When you put your faith in false gods, inevitably, they will fall.  But holding firm to Jesus will help you weather any storm.

Learning God’s word helps us access it in times of need.  When challenged with a false teacher, scripture helps identify and respond with truth and love.

Trustworthy word.

The more people try to disprove Jesus, the more they believe.  Through the centuries, stories of Christ changing people’s lives and the world abound.  Men and women of the faith pursued Jesus with all they had, impacting generations to come with their actions.

Corrie Ten Boom, a Holocaust survivor, who endured countless torturous moments, never lost faith.  When captive in a room of prisoners covered in flees, she praised God for the insects keeping the guards away, allowing them to study the Bible.

We can trust God’s word to get us through difficult times.  Challenging false beliefs never ends. Following Jesus helps us spot the lies and, with love, share the truth.

Stand firm on the truth of scripture; knowing God will help you spot and combat false teachings.  We make better decisions when we base them on God’s word.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 30) Thomas Nelson

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