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Learning the Lessons of the Past

2 John 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (ESV)

One of the things that truly drives me crazy is that the things my parents used to tell me back when I was a teenager, the things I rolled my eyes at, yep, you guessed it. They turned out to be right.

Don’t you hate that? I remember as a teenager thinking, “What do they know?! They’re living in the past!” How about you? And then as you get older and experience the rough and tumble of life, all those things that mum and dad tried to teach you, come home to roost.

Many people today claim to be Christians. Though they claim the Christ-name for themselves, they live their lives as spiritually and emotionally rebellious teenagers. They read their Bibles and exclaim, “What does God know? All that stuff’s old-fashioned.” And so, much of what He says about how we should live, how we should love, how we should follow Jesus, goes out the window! So today, a word of warning:

2 John 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (ESV)

You may disagree with what God says on a whole range of issues, but the Bible isn’t Facebook, where you click the like (or dislike) button and post your outrageous opinions. It’s not like that at all.

You either abide in the teaching of Christ, dwell in it, trust in it, feed on it, or not. And if I’m honest, as I look back on my past, the only time things have gone awry in my life, are when, like an immature teenager, I decided that I knew better than God.

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God.

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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