Sunday, October 13, 2013

Be careful what you believe.

I Kings 13:18-19  But the old prophet answered, “I am a prophet too, just as you are.  And an angel gave me this message from the LORD: ‘Bring him home with you, and give him food to eat and water to drink.’”  But the old man was lying to him.  So they went back together, and the man of God ate some food and drank some water at the prophet’s home.

As I read these verses, I am struck by the thought that the Lord NEVER contradicts himself.  God will never tell us to do something that conflicts with what He has already made known to us.  If we are convinced that the Lord is telling us to do something that doesn’t line up with Biblical truth, be assured that it is not of God.  If you hear things that are not backed up by God’s Word, they are not true and should not be embraced no matter how convincing they may sound.  If you hear things that cannot be supported by the whole of Biblical truth, they are not of God.

We are easily persuaded and we must be careful what we believe to be truth.  Open up the Word of God and become a student of it.  Evaluate what you hear and read through its lenses. Ask the Spirit of God to give you understanding as you meditate upon the Word.  Listen to those only who you know are trustworthy students of the Word.  Satan wants to confuse you.  He wants to convince you that what God says is not really what God means.  He wants you to doubt what God reveals to you. 

Don’t let others think for you or convince you of something God has not said.  Question what you hear until you know it is from God.  He says what He means and means what He says.  Believe God and obey Him.  Don’t listen to those who might lead you astray.  Do not question what you know to be from God. 

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