Be Wise and Innocent

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.

Romans 16:17-20 (NLT) 17 And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18 Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. 19 But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus[g] be with you.
If you have just accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord or if you have been a Christian for a long time, satan will always be firing His fiery darts at you and trying to make you doubt your standing with Jesus. He is a roaring lion going around seeking those he can destroy. He does this through our thought life and through other people. Those people can be people that you have always looked up to in a spiritual sense. There is only one perfect Man and that was Jesus Christ. Everyone else is going to fail in some aspect of their life. Not willingly and not intentionally, but we will fail. God tells us to ask for His forgiveness and move on. But some of us let pride get in the way and we continue in a lifestyle that is displeasing to God. These are the people that Paul is referring to here in this passage. Today, so many churches are willing to water down what the Bible says to attract bigger crowds or to please people. Measure everything you see, hear or read by the Holy Scriptures. If it doesn’t fit, then discard it and move on. This may sometimes require you to leave the church you are now attending. If it does, then go, God has a better place for you. Don’t stay in a church that does not teach Biblical truth all the time. This is wisdom and it will help you to stay obedient and innocent in God’s eyes.
Post 11/06