Is your source of direction perfect . . . reliable, trustworthy and true? I’m not referring to a comparison of GPS systems here, but rather the teachings, words, and counsel of pastors, teachers, and self-described prophets examined and measured against the Scriptures of the Bible. ‘Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character . . . and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.’ (Acts 17:11)
It is imperative, especially in the times in which we now live, that we don’t blindly accept someone’s teaching or ‘word’ just because they’re great speakers with lots of charisma, speak things that make us happy, have a huge following or come highly recommended by a friend, are incredibly popular with other Christians, or at one time were preaching accurately. We must DAILY examine the Scriptures to see if what we’re being told is true . . . and not just one verse or part of a verse that has been provided by the orator in question. ‘Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (2 Timothy 2:15)
Blatant deception is often easy to recognize. It’s the subtle deception that will worm its way into your life and ultimately kill you. ‘And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.’ (Genesis 3:6) Be forewarned . . . if there is just the tiniest hint of error on the part of a teacher, pastor, or ‘prophet’, turn away from all of it and pay no heed to any of it! Just one small error in direction can cause a person to veer off the right path, become completely lost, or even die in a fiery crash! ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.’ (Matthew 7:13) We already have a reliable source of direction at our fingertips. ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ (2 Timothy 3:16-17) ‘These words are trustworthy and true.’ (Revelation 22:6)
Now, more than ever, we must be alert to the devices of an enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy as many as possible before the Lord’s return. ‘Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;’ (1 Timothy 4:1) ‘There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.’ (2 Peter 2:1) ‘For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,’ (2 Timothy 4:3) ‘Guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’, for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.’ (2 Timothy 6:20-21)
Is the direction you’re following perfect . . . reliable, trustworthy and true?
Be sure it is. Your life depends upon it.