What does the Bible say about taking heed?
The Greek word “blepo” can mean “to look/see to it, usually implying an intent, earnest contemplation to take care or heed; to watch out for, consider carefully, beware of.”
Matt. 24:3-12 What did Jesus tell His disciples to see to it about (i.e., watch out for) – Mat. 24:4?
By whom will many be misled?
Are you seeing to it that no false prophet or false preacher misleads you?
If so, how?
1 Cor. 10:6-13
Why should the person who thinks (because he is self-confident in his own strength) that he is not susceptible to committing sin (as the Israelites of the Old Testament did) take heed?
Are you so proud and vain as to think that you would never be susceptible to committing any of the sins mentioned in 1 Cor. 10:7-10?
Why do you think pride could lead someone to falling into these sins?
What has God provided for us, so that we can endure any temptation/trial and not cave in to it?
Are you choosing God’s way of escape (from caving into the trial/temptation by looking to Jesus for an example of endurance, Heb. 12:1-3, seeking God’s advice, James 1:5, and utilizing His enablement, 1 Pet. 1:3), so you can endure the trial/temptation?
Col. 4:17 What did Paul tell these Christians to say to Archippus?
Are you taking heed to (seeing to it, considering to the point of acting upon it) the ministry which you have received in the Lord, and why?
What is your ministry, and are you fulfilling it?
How did you determine your answer?
Heb. 3:12 Regarding what are these Christians warned to take care (consider carefully)?
Do you find yourself ever having an evil, unbelieving heart regarding things God tells you about in the Bible or through Christian speakers teaching the Bible accurately, and why?
What is one way to help remedy the problem (Heb. 3:13)?
Are you involved in encouraging other believers to trust God and His Word, the Bible, and why?
How can you specifically encourage other Christians to believe God’s Word, the Bible?
The Greek word “blepo” can also mean “to look, and has the meaning of taking heed, looking to oneself.”
2 Jn. 1:6-9 Why are these Christians to watch themselves?
How would they lose a full reward (that the apostles had laid a foundation for them getting by teaching them the truth about Jesus being the Christ, Savior, and Son of God in human flesh and in which they believed, 2 Jn. 1:9)?
[Realize that wrong beliefs lead to wrong living which, in turn, leads to loss of rewards from God.].
Are you being deceived by people who claim to be Christians, yet teach things contrary to the Scriptures, or by people who quote Scripture, but take it out of context?
What is the best way to insure that you won’t be deceived?
What do you plan to do about it?
The Greek word “blepo” can also mean “to see, and is applied to mental vision, and is sometimes used by way of warning to take heed against an object.”
Phil. 3:1-3 Of Whom should Christians beware?
Based on Phil. 3:18-19; Isa. 56:10-11; Rom. 2:23-29; 16:18; and Col. 2:11; 3:11, who are these people mentioned?
Just because someone is religious, do you gullibly assume that they must be sincere, honest, and teach the truth, and why?
What should you do (e.g., Acts 17:11)?
The Greek word “horao” usually means “to see or heed.”
Matt. 16:5-6, 11-12 Of what did Jesus tell His disciples to beware?
Just as the Pharisees and Sadducees were the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus’ day who taught wrongly, so today there are many different religious leaders both within and without the Christian faith who do the same. Do you warn those whom you fellowship or worship with or train to watch out for the false teachings of religious leaders, and why?
What would be helpful to know in order to caution others?
Will you be doing this?
If so, when will you start?
Lk. 12:13-15 Of what did Jesus tell the crowd to beware?
Would you say that you are ever greedy (have a strong desire to acquire/possess wealth or gain for yourself)?
In what areas: money, possessions, position, popularity, pleasures?
How do you plan to deal with this sin?
The Greek word “prosecho” means “to hold to, signifying to turn to, turn one’s attention to; heed.”
Matt. 6:1 Of what did Jesus tell His disciples (and the multitude) to beware?
What would happen if they disobeyed?
Do you ever do nice things for other people or for God, so that other people will see you doing it, and why?
Is it because you are insecure or have a poor self-image and need recognition?
If so, what do you plan to do about it?
Acts 20:28-30 For what does Paul tell these elders (spiritual leaders) at Ephesus to be on guard?
If you are in a position of spiritual leadership, are you doing this?
How can you do this?
Heb. 2:1 Because Christ is superior to the Old Testament prophets and angels (Heb. 1), why should these Christians pay much closer attention to what they have heard?
Do you ever drift away from the things that God teaches you (either through the Bible or through Christian speakers who teach the Bible accurately), and why?
In what area(s) do you tend to drift away from that God has been waiting for you to be obedient?
The Greek word “epecho” means “to hold upon, then, to direct towards, to give attention to; heed.”
1 Tim. 4:12-16 To what does Paul tell Timothy to keep on paying close attention, and why?
[“salvation” – means sanctification or deliverance from deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Tim. 4:1].
Do you pay close attention to yourself (how you live, act, and speak)?
How can you detect when you’re being influenced by a demonic spirit?
Do you keep on paying close attention to your teaching (whether you are teaching biblical principles correctly), and why?
If so, how, and when do you do this?
How could you do this?
In what way would paying attention to yourself and your teaching insure salvation (i.e., deliverance from deceitful spirits/demons and their doctrines, vs. 1; or sanctification/growth) for you and others?
The Greek word “skopeo” means “to look at, consider, implying mental consideration.”
Lk. 11:33-36 What are we to watch out for – Lk. 11:35?
[“light” – means right thinking and beliefs].
[“darkness” – wrong thinking and beliefs].
From where (what source) do you get right thinking and right beliefs?
What things, interests, aspirations, or people tend to or could cloud your spiritual perception or understanding (1 Jn. 2:15-16; 1 Cor. 15:33), and why?
What are some of the world’s thinking and beliefs that are unbiblical?
What can you do to insure that your spiritual understanding is heightened and clear rather than clouded or darkened?
Are you doing this, and why?
The Greek word “nepho” signifies “to be free from the influence of intoxicants, it doesn’t in itself imply watchfulness, but is used in association with it; sober; it can also mean to abstain from wine, and is used metaphorically of moral alertness; sober.”
2 Tim. 4:2-5 What connection is there between being sober in all things and watching out for false teachers?
Do you take life lightly, and why?
Are you giddy (light-heartedly silly), unthinking, apathetic to spiritual values, or caught up in vain, wild speculations, and why?
What can you do to become “sober in all things”?
The Greek word “egeiro” is used metaphorically, of “awaking from a state of moral sloth; awake.”
Rom. 13:10-11 What should we do, knowing that it is time for us to awake from sleep (i.e., spiritual laziness), Rom. 13:8?
Why is this timely?
Does the thought of your soon salvation (entrance into heaven; glorification) motivate you at all to action (i.e., to live a holy life and love others), and why?
The Greek word “phulasso” means “to guard, watch, keep, of being on one’s guard against; beware.”
2 Pet. 3:10-18 Upon whom will destruction (Gk. “apoleian” – spiritual ruin, 2 Pet. 2:1, 3) come, 2 Pet. 3:16?
From what should we be on guard (2 Pet. 3:17)?
[“unprincipled men” – those who are untaught and unstable].
[“steadfastness” – a sure position in the truth].
Do you know the Bible well enough so that if someone is distorting the Scriptures, you would know it?
What can you do in order to know the Bible that thoroughly?
When do you plan on starting?
What should we grow in (2 Pet. 3:18)?
Are you growing in (utilizing) the grace (Christ’s favor in enabling us to live spiritual lives, 2 Pet. 1:3)?
If so, how?
The Greek word “shamar” means “to watch or observe; guard.”
Psa. 39:1-7 What does the Psalmist say he will guard, and why?
[To guard your mouth means to refrain from speaking without thinking first and then saying what is biblically appropriate.].
Do you feel that you guard your mouth (i.e., think first, and then speak only that which is biblically appropriate, Eph. 4:29)?
How can you go about guarding your mouth (Jas. 1:19; Prov. 15:28)?
When do you plan on starting?
The Hebrew word “natsar” means “to keep, watch, reserve, or set a guard.”
Prov. 4:23 What should we do with our heart/mind?
How should we do this?
Why should we do this?
Are the “springs of life” (i.e., the actions you do) that flow from your mind good or bad?
What can you do to best watch over your heart (i.e., what you feed your mind)?
The Hebrew word “palas” means “to weigh mentally or ponder.”
Prov. 4:26-27 What else should we watch?
Are you watching the path of your feet (i.e., being aware of your conduct, so that it’s good, wise, and right)?
What will result if we watch this?
Is it important to you that your life is fruitful/successful/stable, and why?
The Greek word “gregoreo” refers to “keeping awake, physically.”
Matt. 26:36-41 What did Jesus tell His disciples to do (Matt. 26:41)?
Why were they to do this?
[“spirit” – that invisible entity that is God-conscious and the vehicle of communication with God.].
[“flesh” – the human body with its functions and sin nature].
The “temptation” here was to become disloyal to Jesus. When God tells us to pray about things (Phil. 4:6) or people (Eph. 6:18), do you?
Do you ignore His commands, forget His commands, fall asleep while attempting to pray, read your Bible, or keep His commands, or do you keep watch (stay awake) and pray and/or read your Bible, and why?
What can you personally do to keep from entering into temptation?
The Greek word “gregoreo” also can refer to “spiritual alertness or vigilance.”
1 Cor. 16:13 What are we admonished to do?
[“alert” – means “stay awake or be watchful”].
[“men” – means “be mature or act like an adult”][“strong” – spiritually in Christ ].
Are you alert/watchful, standing firm in believing what the Bible teaches, acting mature/adult-like, and strong in the Lord?
In what ways, specifically?
Col. 4:2 How are we to devote ourselves in prayer?
Is this the way you pray?
How can you go about keeping alert in prayer?
1 Pet. 5:8-9 Why should we be of sober spirit and on the alert?
[The devil wants to destroy us, so he looks for Christians who are mentally or spiritually polluted or clouded and sleepy/groggy, tired, or fatigued.].
How can you stay of sober spirit (free from mental intoxicants)?
Are you saturating your mind with the truths of the Bible?
If so, how, and how often?
The Greek word “agrupneo” means “to be sleepless, wakeful, and is used metaphorically, to be watchful (intent upon a thing).”
Eph. 6:18 We should be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints with what in view?
[While being “in the Spirit” (controlled by God, the Spirit), we should be observant and intent on praying constantly for the needs, protection, and spiritual well-being of fellow believers.].
Are you doing this, and why?
Heb. 13:17 Why should Christians obey and submit to their spiritual leaders?
Are you responding to your spiritual leader(s) in this way (i.e., obedient and submissive), and why?
How and why should we let our leaders watch over our souls?
In what ways would it be unprofitable to not obey and submit to our (spiritual) leader(s)?