by Darla Noble
We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:19
Jesus tells you that there will be false teachers—those claiming to be speaking on God’s behalf, but who aren’t (Matthew 24:24). John tells you to test the spirits to see if they are from God (1 John 4:1).
Timothy and Peter also warn you against false teachers (1 Timothy 4:1-2, 6, 2 Peter 2:1-3). But how? How do you know if someone is teaching contrary to what the Bible says? And how do you know if the ‘voice’ you hear inside your head and heart is that of the Holy Spirit?
You need to keep the Bible’s instruction because the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:15-16). Jesus asks you to study the Bible to know Him (John 5:39). So, you learn how to properly handle the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
If someone’s teachings are the same with Biblical truth, you accept them. If not, you should follow the authority of the Word of God (Isaiah 8:20).
You are blessed if you read, hear, and keep God’s Word (Revelation 1:3).
Pray: God, help me to live according to the Bible. Also, help me be able to discern truth from lies. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.