Guard [with greatest care] and keep unchanged, the treasure [that precious truth] which has been entrusted to you [that is, the good news about salvation through personal faith in Christ Jesus], through [the help of] the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
(2 Timothy 1:14 AMP)
If you’ve ever been reading along in your Bible and had a scripture just quicken within you, that’s what I had this morning. Immediately after I read it, I was reminded of a few other scriptures, so then I did a quick word study on ‘guard’.
Timothy, guard [and keep safe, AMP] what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge.
(1 Timothy 6:20 NLT)
I decided to start doing some checking with the New Living Translation (NLT) version as well as the Amplified (AMP) translation. I then found 1 Thes 5:6 in the NLT with the word ‘guard’, but I wanted to share the AMP version instead.
So then let us not sleep [in spiritual indifference] as the rest [of the world does], but let us keep wide awake [alert and cautious] and let us be sober [self-controlled, calm, and wise].
(1 Thessalonians 5:6 AMP)
The original Greek [γρηγορῶμεν] says to be awake, vigilant, alert and watchful – the same word Jesus used to describe his return.
But of that [exact] day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone. “Be on guard and stay constantly alert [and pray]; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.
(Mark 13:32-33 AMP)
When I continued to look up the word ‘guard’, I thought these other examples from Paul continue to show the importance of us being proactive in our faith. I wasn’t sure if this study was just for me or one I should share, but when I read Paul’s words in Acts (below), I considered this something that I shouldn’t keep to myself.
Take care and be on guard for yourselves and for the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd (tend, feed, guide) the church of God which He bought with His own blood.
(Acts 20:28 AMP)
Be on guard; stand firm in your faith [in God, respecting His precepts and keeping your doctrine sound]. Act like [mature] men and be courageous; be strong.
(1 Corinthians 16:13 AMP)
Paul’s commands to the people of Corinth were to be strong and courageous. We know that this is how a Believer could compromise their faith, by being weak minded and becoming a ‘go with the flow’ people. This is how you prevent that: read God’s Word and spend time with our Heavenly Father daily – seeking His Presence through prayer and quiet time. When we spend time with God, we can pray that He’ll reveal to us the areas that we need to fortify, and areas where we have been lapsed in guarding and need to build up.
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
(1 Timothy 4:1-3 NLT)
The majority of Believers see this time we’re living in, to be the ‘End Times’, we don’t know if it means this year or the next 100 years – either way, I know I want to be on the prepared side.
Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.