Follow God and Hold Fast to Him

Krista Williams

Day: 13 | Plan: Deuteronomy

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 13

Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV) “It is the LORD your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.”

Have you ever heard the phrase “Inquiring minds want to know”?

People are curious, particularly about all things spiritual. Intrigue and fascination surround the spiritual realm. If we were honest, we would probably agree our heads are easily turned by supernatural occurrences. When we see things that are different or amazing, they catch our attention and hold it. Don’t they? But the truth is anyone, or anything, that diverts or draws our attention away from God has the potential of becoming an idol in our lives.

At the end of Deuteronomy 12, Moses warns the people not to inquire about pagan worship practices or worldly religions. (Deuteronomy 12:29-31) This kind of curiosity is deadly and destructive. Dabbling in occult activity can quickly become an obsession and God knows our intrigue can quickly turn to idolatry. Often before we even know it, we have been led astray and ensnared by the enemy’s schemes.

In Deuteronomy 13, God continues to warn His people that false prophets, family and friends and even certain people in the community, may try to entice them to “go and worship other gods” (Deuteronomy 13:6, 13).

In this passage Moses even says that some of the false prophets’ dreams may come true. (Deuteronomy 13:2) These false teachers had a hint of truth and glimpses of the miraculous. But success doesn’t determine the truth. And not all supernatural occurrences are from God. Pharaoh’s magicians duplicated some of God’s plagues. (Exodus 7:11, 22) And God’s Word warns us similar things will happen in the future. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11)

So how do we protect ourselves from what seems impressive but may be deceptive?

We protect our minds by reading God’s Word for ourselves and filling our hearts with His truth. We protect ourselves by continually seeking to live our lives in the light of His truth through obedience. And we protect ourselves by praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and checking out every message we hear or see or read against His Word. (1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1-3)

Since we are curious about all things spiritual, let’s inquire of the Lord. The real test questions to ask are: Does this honor God? Is the focus on Jesus Christ? Is He the one glorified? Does this line up with the whole counsel of the Word of God? Will this lead me closer to God or draw me away from Him?

Instead of listening to false prophets or following the crowd, we are called to follow the Lord and hold fast to Him. Our loyalty must always be to God and His Word. (Psalm 118:8)

God wants us to know there are people and things that sound good, look good and even are good that can distract us and even turn our hearts away from the Lord. Not everyone is devoted to the Lord. So let’s be smart about what is good and unswayed by what is evil. (Romans 16:19b)

Prayer: Lord God, You are my one desire. Help me keep my heart and mind focused on You. I want to be a woman who loves You with all I have and follows hard after You. Help me guard my heart and mind and keep me alert to people and things that distract me from You and Your Word. Show me the specific things that need purging from my life and convict me of sin. Lord, show me where I am weak and strengthen me so I can hold on tight to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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