HAVE YOU SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES?
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
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Philipians 4:8 *Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Acts 17:11 *These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.*
The life of the Berean Christian teaches us to be careful before we believe.
The scripture refered to them as *"more noble than those in Thessalonica,...."* because *"....they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."* Acts 17:11.
There are expressions or posts that may appear logical but not Biblically correct.
We must be careful of God’s Word explained out of some philosophical reasoning.
Bible, God’s Word is not philosophy neither is it inspired to appeal or appease our logic. Just because it sounds so good to believe does not make it right before God.
There are basic theology and viewpoint of preachers or counsellors that can be defective. Remember God's word in Job 42:7-8 stressing that much of the words spoken by Job's friends were not true, yet these words were recorded in the scriptures.
Most times, God’s Word does not make human sense and is often considered foolish for weakness, ref 1 Cor 1: 25.
For further example, Eliphaz, one of Job's miserable friends told Job that the truly
righteous will always prosper while the sinner always suffer or that poverty and suffering always imply sinfulness, while prosperity and success imply righteousness.
Eliphaz's word may appeal to logical reasoning but his mistaken ideas are contradicted by Ps 34:17 which affirms that the righteous do suffer. Godly people are not always rescued in this life, ref Heb 11:36-39.
Though ultimately God will judge the wicked, there are times just retribution does not occur and the innocent suffer.
There are highly motivational and persuasive teachings but as a mature Christian, search to know at what point these teachings are inspired persuasions from Him that calls or whether they are to justify a speaker's sinful nature
Gal 5:8 says, *This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.*
This scripture is yelling us that not all persuasions are from God.
It informs the mature believer that there are persuasions that are not from God who calls.
Failure to recognize if a word is inspired by the Spirit is a fundamental error.
The lives and counsel of Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar teach us that though the Holy Spirit recorded their words but He did not inspite them, Job 4.
Are those words or posts in the name of the Holy Spirit inspired by Him?
Search with Him before you believe!
Have you searched the scriptures to believe?
*Call to Word action.*
Have you searched the Holy Spirit before you shared that message? Remember, it is wrong to build theology on dreams, visions, calculated emotionalised prayers and expressions that cannot be supported by God's written revelation, ref Job 4:17-21.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
It may appeal to sense but have you checked the scriptures?
Lord, help me not to depart from the faith.
Let me not turn my ears away from the truth and turn to myths, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.