Summary: When things seem to be going well.....BEWARE....this is exactly the time when satan lulls us into a sense of false security...only to spring his wicked traps.
ILLUSTRATION: Look at the beautiful bird sitting on
the tree limb...soaking in the sunshine...singing such a
beautiful song. This bird seems so, at peace, with
everything. She seems to have a full belly and a beautiful
day awaits her...BAM...CRASH!
1. The lights go out...the cat got her............
To a degree...this is how life works.
A. Just as things seem to be going well...all kinds of
things start to happen....unexpected things...un-
wanted things...nasty, rotten things.
1. When we are not properly prepared for these
things...we call them catastrophes.
a. Perhaps it only seems like the cat just
jumped on us...perhaps it just seems as
though the lights went out...and then...
perhaps it isn’t really as bad as we first
make it out to be.
Let me introduce you to the uncertainties of life.
A. These come when they are least expected and
when we can least afford them.
The only real answer for us is to be aware and alert to life’s
little hidden surprises.
A.The buzz word is...BEWARE!
1. Far too many go blithely through life and
place themselves in spiritual...mortal danger
because they will not heed the warning signs
that are there in God’s Word.
a. It warns us to be wary of the many
different spiritual attacks by satan.
Col. 2:8 - 8Beware lest anyone cheat you through
philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of
men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not
according to Christ.
I. Just how can anyone cheat a person of their salvation
A. First, understand the word...then understand the
1. The word comes from two Greek words...
philios...love, and sophia...wisdom. The word
literally means “love of wisdom”.
a. Perhaps we do need to define something
else, here, if we are going to properly
understand the concept.
1.) “Wisdom” ...this is a high level
a.) Let me assure you that you
will never get in spiritual
trouble by following the
wisdom of God...so then...we
must be addressing the
“wisdom of the world”.
B. The “wisdom of the world” can be all or part of
what is considered smart...good...clever...
physically discerned knowledge.
1. Even Christians have been led astray with
this kind of “wisdom”.
a. One can be impressed by the number of
letters after one’s name...or the institute
of higher learning...or the accolades
that have been heaped upon a man...
just the mere name can give us the
illusion of wisdom:
Ex. - Winston Churchill; Albert Einstein; Socrates...etc..
1.) Man’s “wisdom” is finite...limited..
dated...(and the real problem)...
it cannot contribute to mankind’s
** And yet, so many are drawn away from following the
wisdom of God because of the physical and mental
appeal from the wisdom of man.
I Cor. 2:4-14 - 4And my speech and my preaching were
not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in
demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5that your faith
should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of
6However, we speak wisdom among those who are
mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of
this age, who are coming to nothing. 7But we speak the
wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which
God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8which none of
the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would
not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those
who love Him.”
10But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For
the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
11For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit
of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the
things of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have
received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is
from God, that we might know the things that have been
freely given to us by God. 13These things we also speak,
not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the
Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with
spiritual. 14But the natural man does not receive the things
of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor
can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Acts 17:21-23 - 21For all the Athenians and the
foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else
but either to tell or to hear SOME NEW THING.
22Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said,
“Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very
religious; 23“for as I was passing through and considering