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“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon” (Revelation 13:11).

Beware of the false prophets.  Beware of those with smooth speech who deceive and lead astray.  They too are constant in this world.  The devil seeks to kill, steal, and destroy.  Coming in the guise of peacemaker, they make war.  This is why one should study to show themselves approved.  The fangs of a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, even more so if you are unaware that it is a wicked one with whom you are dealing.

Lord, in this mixed-up world, help me to keep my eyes clear so that I can see things as they are.  Guide me in Your goodness to see through the false prophets and those who lead astray.  Help me to understand the truth and know the way of freedom You give.  Help me always, dear Lord, so that I may walk humbly with You all the days of my life and not wander after false teachers.

Lord Jesus, You died that those who look to You would be set free from sin, death and the devil.  But there are those who come along and want to recapture and imprison the ones set free.  Help me to live in the freedom You give, looking to You who alone have the words of eternal life.  Be my guide now and always so that I may see clearly and know when truth is being spoken, or something else.  Keep me close to You, dear Savior.  Amen.