Are you learning not to be tossed to and fro by every wind of false doctrine? We have to be careful that we are not easily deceived by false teachers. We have to be able to discern what we are hearing. If not, we will fall into the danger zone. Satan is waiting to deceive us any chance he can get. And if we are not being equipped properly by the word of God then we could also fall into the trap of being a false teacher. Therefore we are to grow up in Him, that is, fully grown in all aspects of Christian living- doctrine, conduct, service, and so on.
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 of craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15 KJV
We need to be like the Berean’s and test everything we hear (Acts 17:11). Satan doesn’t want us to be exposed to any truth because the truth is not him. We have all been led away from the truth at one point in our life. I know I have and I had to face it head on. It was a very humbling experience for me and I am much more alert now. Testing for truth requires more self-honesty and hard work than most of us are disposed to. I did not want to admit that I had been deceived for all those years. It happened to me in my childhood and as an adult. I did not want to do any research and find out that the faith I believed in was false. But I knew it was vital to my relationship with God and his word is truth. I no longer wanted to be tossed to and fro, so I studied the Word of God for myself and prayed for him to reveal the truth to me and he did! I am walking in freedom and I encourage you today to read the word for yourself so that you can discern what someone is preaching to you. Not only for that reason but also for you to get to know your Heavenly Father. Take God’s word for it! Believe it! Live it! As long as we live in this world, John’s warning will always be needed: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
May we speak the truth in love to those who are being misled and may we give sound doctrine in a loving manner to those who are in false doctrine. Pray that God will keep you in truth!
In His grace,
Becca (John 3:16)