#VOD: 1 John 4:1

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”

(1 John 4:1 NLT)

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This truth is so vital and so needed in the world. There are a ton of people that blindly listen to what people say without checking for truth in it. I get that in some cases people turn to experts because they are great in that area, BUT a person who is a true expert can point towards the facts and reasoning behind what they are saying.

There are some people who are AMAZING speakers and know how to work a person in a conversation… A good example would be an absolutely incredible sales person! They can talk you into thinking that it is a great purchase, that it will make your life better, blah blah blah… What’s sad is that people listen to “sales” people when it comes to spiritual things as well…

There are a few friends that I meet with on a regular basis just to do life with and see how things are going. Whenever it gets to the point where I give any sort of Godly advice I always preface it with encouraging them to go to God themselves, to turn to the Bible, to pray and find the answers for themselves. I feel that it is only my job to help point someone in the right direction, but they need to move towards that direction on their own!

There have been multiple times where I have taken people’s advice, considered it, compared it to scriptures and my personal convictions on what the Bible says and ended up not taking their advice… Does that make me rude? No. I respectfully considered the advice and did my own searching…

There has been a NUMEROUS amount of times where I have been given advice that is biblically sound, and I have taken it and done my best to live by it… The point is, that we must seek after God our self. So many people just want to hear what the pastor has to say, listen to a sermon, or a podcast but never seek God on their own. They never open their own Bible and talk with God… You have full access to God. Why wouldn’t you want to fall deeper in love with the God who sent His Son to die a terrible death for you? All because He didn’t want heaven without you…

Love wins fam…. Grace wins.

 

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