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Scripture 1 Timothy 1:3-7  3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

Observation-What does it say?
Paul wrote this letter to his protege/disciplee, Timothy.  Timothy was a young Pastor and this is the first letter Paul wrote to him. 

Understanding-What does it mean?

Be on guard towards false doctrines.
Paul “urges Timothy to be on guard for false teachers and false doctrine (gotquestions.org).” He also urges him of his call to stay in Ephesus in order to oppose false teachers, as many were teaching false doctrines. Paul didn’t want Timothy to fall into that trap with his own ministry. 
Life Application
Stay connected to Truth through God’s Word. 
With everything we read, listen to, people tell us, we “hear from God” etc., we need to make sure it lines up with what God says in His Word. We should also have it confirmed by a trusted Spirit filled person/leader(s). The reason why we need to bounce it off another Spirit filled person or people is because the enemy is also well versed in Scripture, yet he is the master of deception and lies. He knows how to twist God’s Word out of context. The temptation of Jesus is proof of that. Because Jesus was so immersed in the Scriptures daily,  the enemy couldn’t get a foothold in his life.  I pray that we as Believers would be the same way. Dear Lord, I pray that we would meditate on your word day and night, as David did in the Psalms and be so well versed in Your Word and so connected to You, our vine, that the enemy cannot have a foothold in our life. I pray that we would fill our minds with Your Truth daily. Amen.
-Michelle Gaddi