Who is your favorite preacher or Bible teacher? We all have one or two we just love to hear preach a message. We feel like we walk away with choice meat every time we hear them share a message or read something they’ve written.
What do you do with the message you’ve heard? Do you immediately begin applying it to your life? Or are you one who questions everything until you know for yourself it is truth?
When I worked with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, I used to challenge my students to test everything they heard by the Word of God. I would tell them “Don’t believe anything I tell you or anything a pastor tells you. Don’t even believe what your parents tell you without testing it against the Word of God.” Let’s face it; we’re all human and we’re all subject to mistakes. If we believe what we are sharing is Truth, then having someone test our message against the Word of God should never be a threat to us. In fact, we should welcome it because it would only strengthen our message.
In Acts 17, Paula and Silas went to the Berea to teach them about Jesus. It says the Bereans were very open to hearing their message; however, verse eleven tells us they “carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.” While they listened to Paul and respected his message, they took personal responsibility and made sure the message was in line with the Word of God.
John 10:10 reminds us the enemy has a three point action plan to destroy us. Jesus warns us in Matthew 7:15 the enemy will use false prophets to accomplish his plan. Matthew 24:2 tells us many of the false prophets will be successful. Mark 13:22 states the false prophets will go after the elect trying to lead them down the wrong path. 2 Peter 2:1 warns us there will be false teachers among us.
We are warned in 1 John 4:1 to do exactly as the Bereans did. “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
The enemy will use anyone and everyone he can, even those unsuspecting souls who are misguided or misdirected, to cause believers to stumble and to keep others from a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. It is our right and responsibility as believers to test everything we’re taught or presented with against the Word of God. If it lines up with the Word, then it is more precious than rubies [Proverbs 3:15; 8:11]. If it doesn’t line up with the Word, then allow it to blow away with the dust.
What message have you recently heard or read? Is it Truth? Are you sure? Take the time to know for certain. You’ll be glad you did.