Acts 20/Titus 1-3
The work of the despot, Satan, has no boundaries. What he does in one place, he replicates in others. He crafted it in Crete, where Titus was left to establish the church and appoint elders. He was busy in Ephesus, the place of the false god Artemis. There will always be fierce wolves among the flock. They do not spare the flock. “They profess to know God but by their deeds they deny him since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.” [Titus 1:16] “They teach perversions of the truth to draw the true disciples away after them.” [Acts 20:30] Therefore, be alert and remember Paul’s warnings.
Because of the despot’s work, we must be on guard. We must be a people of discipline. We must be a people of prayer. We must be a people who live by the principles of the Sermon on the Mount: poor in spirit, mourning over sin, meek yet humble, hungering, and thirsting for righteousness so we can impart the Word to the lost.
If you are facing wolves in your midst, step up and bring that wolf to Jesus in prayer. First, pray for God’s grace and salvation. Then, train the flock to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live in the Fruit of the Spirit.
Be alert, fellow believer, for the time is drawing near for His return.