Thursday, December 14, 2017

Be Strong. Be Rooted. Be Wise.

Be Strong. Be Rooted. Be Wise.“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14)

We are told in Matthew 10:16 to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” The day and time in which we are living has made it necessary for us to more carefully than ever consider the words of our Lord. We have to be so cautious what we accept as truth.

We are called to maturity. We can no longer remain as spiritual infants. We have to know the Word of God, how to rightly divide the Truth. We can no longer depend on someone else to “spoon-feed” us our Bible lessons. We have to “hide the Word” in our hearts through fellowshipping with God in His Word.

We have all seen and heard things that we wonder about, whether they’re really “of God” or not. But how does one really know if they don’t judge it according to the Word of God? The television is full of preachers and teachers … we are able (if one should so choose) to listen to one sermon or teaching after the other next all day long. But do you really know if the words they are speaking are truth?

Today’s verse admonishes us to be on the lookout for slight of man, cunning craftiness, and deceitfulness, not only in the worldly settings, but also among Christians. Judge everything you hear, read, and see against the Word of God. If you’re not sure, pray and ask the Lord to reveal His truth to you; He will always respond to that prayer!

Be strong. Be rooted. Be wise.

Father, my hunger to learn more of You increases day by day. Help me, Lord, to discern truth from all that I hear. Help me to hear Your voice clearly. Lord, I love you and I don’t want to accept anything that is NOT from You. Teach me through Your Word to be mature, not tossed to and fro, and to not be deceived. Lord, I want Your truth and nothing less! Amen!

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:27)

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