A. I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
B. There is just one life for each of us: our own.
C. Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared.
Just a little test to start your day! Some of you may not be amused by having a pop quiz first thing in the morning. Some of you just haven’t had your coffee yet!
I send you this small quiz to remind you that you need to know your Bible. I recently heard some teaching that began to sound a bit off. At first, it sounded pretty good but then it was clear that verses of scripture were being taken out of context and applications were being made that were not biblical.
The only way you will know truth when you hear it is to be learning truth. It’s an old illustration but I can think of no better one to share. How do bankers know if a dollar is counterfeit or not? Answer: By studying the real thing! You and I need to have a grasp on scripture and truth so that when it is misused we recognize that there has been an error. Red flags need to be raised in our minds when something doesn’t seem to line up.
Scripture warns us:
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1-3
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Mathew 24:24
I also know that the Holy Spirit within will keep our hearts and minds. I don’t know everything so if I am nudged by the Spirit that I need to discern-I need to pay attention. When you’re feeling like something isn’t right in a teaching turn it off, leave the building; flee in whatever manner you need to. Always dig deeper and test what you hear against the Word in your personal study. Seek the Lord, ask Him to reveal truth. He is faithful and will not lead you astray.
A. Winston Churchill
C. Nehemiah 8:10
I knew you knew the right answer!
Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.