Greater is He

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

2 Peter 2:13-22

Peter uses even stronger language for the false prophets and false teachers.

It should serve as a warning to us as well to be on our guard against the enticing deceptiveness of sin. If we think we are immune to its snare because we have been believers for so long, we are sadly mistaken.

If you haven’t read this before in this devotional, I’ll say it again. Satan hates us.

He hates you and me and everything we stand for.

He will stop at nothing to ensnare and trap us.

He will use well-meaning people.

He will use errant believers.

He will use the Scriptures.

And he will use our lusts of the flesh against us.

If we are advancing the Kingdom of God, he will hate us all the more. In fact, he will work overtime to trap us.

Be on your guard, dear believer, against complacency, conceit, nationalism, pride, the lusts of the flesh, and smooth talking preachers.

The great news, however, is ‘Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.’

Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.

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