Beware of Dogs
Daily Devotional for February 15th
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Philippians 3:1-2
So many harmful things are in our daily path that we may not be aware of, but they will hurt and harm if you aren’t mindful. To all who desire to grow and follow Jesus, there is a hunger and thirst for more of God. We search for greater truths in order to walk in a greater victory. When we hit problem areas in our walk with the Lord, we seek answers from preachers and other church leaders to help us through our times of defeat.
Seeking help is not a bad thing in itself, although there are many things that we need to be aware of. Paul instructed the Philippians to beware of some things that will cause you great difficulty in your walk with the Lord. Just because someone is in ministry work, doesn’t mean they are preaching the truth. They could be bringing people into greater spiritual bondage than they were ever in before.
The strongest chain that Satan has in his arsenal is religion. The majority of the world is bound by it. The reason it is so strong is because it is a chain that does not appear. In the list of great sins and offenses such as adultery, lying, and theft, no one rates false doctrine. When men and women turn to religion, they feel as though they have approached the truth. Sadly though, your trust can be in religion and not in Jesus; thus your spiritual condition never gets any better. Believing lies cannot bring us to freedom. Jesus said Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Paul refers to deceitful and harmful men in this verse as dogs. Jesus warned the disciples to Give not that which is holy unto the dogs. Matthew 7:6. Proverbs reveals to us that some people return to their sin as dogs return to their vomit. The picture is clearly that dogs refer to men who have returned to a lifestyle of sin. But what is more distressing is that they teach others to do the same. This is why we must beware of dogs.
The devil seeks to lure us back into spiritual bondage after we have been cleansed, forgiven, and set free. Beware what you listen to. Beware of the commentaries you read. Beware of the spiritual advice and leadership you receive. Most mentors may not deliberately lead people astray, but error takes place anyway. Jesus said the Comforter would guide us into all truth. We have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that will never lead us wrong. Let us look to Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He will keep us from falling into the ravening teeth of dogs.