I sometimes wonder how often we trust the teachings of liars. We know that mixed messages are everywhere even in the church.
How in the world are we supposed to know the truth?
Jesus gave those who were willing to listen, 3 simple things to look for to determine if a religious leader is teaching the truth.
My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.John 7:16–18
- Their words agree with and do not contradict Scripture.
- Their words point to God and His will.
- Their words and actions seek to glorify God rather than themselves.
That sounds good but it’s harder than it seems, isn’t it? The problem is we like teachers who are entertaining, engaging, and who tell us what we want to hear.
But that’s exactly how a group of religious leaders could get a crowd of people to shout “crucify Him” rejecting the Living Word of God Himself.
So, what are you and I to do to so we can know if someone is teaching the truth?
First, we must be a SEEKer. We need to prayerfully read and study God’s Word so we know whether a teaching contradicts Scripture.
Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.Psalm 105:4
They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.Acts 17:11b
Then we must pray for wisdom and discernment with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.Psalm 119:17
And finally, all of us, leaders and followers, must do our best to live for God’s glory.
Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.Romans 1:5
A Prayer to SEEK and KNOW the Truth
Father, I pray that You will give me a heart that SEEKs after You. I want to know the truth of Your will and with the help of Your Spirit, I want to trust and obey it. Please give me a hunger and thirst to prayerfully read and study Your Word. Please give me everything I need to understand it. And please give me wisdom and discernment to know the difference between Your truth and the enemy’s lies.
Father, I also ask that You will give me all I need to live each day for Your glory. May I like John the Baptist say faithfully, “He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) May I always be humble and obedient. May I be loving and kind that those who know me might want to know You because of the difference You have made in my life. I love You, Lord.
Friend, it’s important that you and I know whether or not we can believe what we are being taught by our religious leaders. It’s important that we test what we are being taught against these 3 tests.
And it’s most important for those of us who teach from God’s Word. It’s important that we prayerfully SEEK to KNOW the TRUTH of God’s Word, that what we share with others is the TRUTH from His Word, and that what we say and do glorifies God not ourselves.
On today’s note write:
With God’s help I will prayerfully SEEK to KNOW the TRUTH of God’s Word.
May God bless you today with wisdom and understanding as you SEEK His TRUTH.
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