“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
Matthew 7:15, NIV
I use my channel changer and I flip through the enormous darkness that exists in the world. Jesus clearly warns His flock of the cold, hard realities of deception and deceitfulness they face. Trickery abounds and things simply are not what they seem to be.
Darkness has an dark grasp on so many. The devil’s cunning is his ability to adapt to each person’s weakness. Deception has worked well for him for thousands of years. But understand: Lucifer is alive and well and he is prowling planet Earth.
There should be an alertness for the reality of deception. Sometimes, some sheep will not really be sheep. Our senses are not always trained to look for counterfeit Christians. We get confused by the outside (it looks like wool to me). But it’s a lie. The wolf has deliberately taken on the attire of a believer.
What better place for him to ‘minister’ his evil than through a cold and lazy institutional church?
Jesus alerts us to what is really taking place. (Oh, how He wants us to discern!) I think every believer should have a holy skepticism of outward displays of faith. This is not cynicism or negativity; but rather it is a cautious faith– one in which we can discern the realities of a world that routinely destroys people. The first generation Church understood the reality of evil and what it would do when it’s unleashed.
“The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.”
Corrie Ten Boom
“…they are ferocious wolves,” (v. 15).
Ferocious” in verse 15 is a sobering word. When I read it, I think of my home in Alaska with its wilderness and its wolves and brown bears; or maybe the grasslands of the ‘Serengeti’ with its lions or leopards. A dangerous carnivore is often hidden by its camouflage. Ferocity is a ‘predator’ word, a word that intensifies the danger. Satan can patiently stalk for days, and maybe months, and then he springs his trap and ambushes its victims.
We can become accustomed to an ideal of love and peace in our walks, we are often disturbed and perhaps pulled off-balance by this disturbing revelation of evil. Jesus tells us that we must possess an understanding of two things: 1) Deception is quite possible for the real believer, that in 2000 years the darkness is still potent. 2) The world is still contested but Jesus is Victor! Living in close proximity to Jesus will protect us in the dark.
We shouldn’t be anxious but trust Him in the matter of the safety of our very souls.
“Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.”
Luke 10:3, NLT
Do you know what wolves do to lambs? But yet Jesus still sends them. They might surround us, but we are His own.
“How comfortable it is to have One, day and night, before the throne to control the charge of our enemy, and the despondencies of our souls”
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- Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing (kommonsentsjane.wordpress.com)
- “Winter is here. The wolves are coming.” My latest interview on the BBC… (fiskeharrison.wordpress.com)
- The Kingdom – Beware of wolves (kingdom777.wordpress.com)
- Killed by Wolves (cfcspn.com)