Today we are praying for the country of Lesotho. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
Please take time to meditate on the devotion for today as well.
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Today's Devotional Thought
We have seen this week the danger of false teacher. We have seen that which distinguishes the false teacher from the legitimate ones: Jesus. Today, we are going to consider our need for biblical discernment as we seek to be on guard against the danger of faulty doctrine. John writes in 1 John 4:4-6, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” How can we have good discernment? First, of all we must ensure that we are from God. Verse 4: You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. You have overcome the false teachers because greater is He that is in you than He who is in the world! As we saw just a few weeks ago, we have an anointing from the Holy One. Jesus says in John 14:16-17, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” Again, he say in John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” If we are from God, we should have some discernment because of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we should be able to identify the false teachers because they are from the world. Notice verse 5: They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. They speak as from the world and the world listens. Their message is palatable to the world and their lives are compatible with the world. This is a clear indication that they belong to the world. We should pause and consider here. If we fit in with the world….if we look like and talk like the rest of the world, we might need to ask if we are from God (vs 4) or if we are from the world (vs 5)!
Let us not miss the truth of verse 6 as we consider discernment. It says, “We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” Do we listen? Do we listen to the “us” of John and the other apostles? In essence, John is saying, if we know God, we will listen to the Word of God. Do we listen? We might be tempted to quickly say, “sure.” But, if our Bibles are untouched and unread, then how do we propose to hear from God? How do we propose to learn from the apostles? If our Bibles are untouched and unread we are refusing to listen. We are refusing to hear! It is not an inability to listen and hear. Since, the average American home has four Bibles, it is a refusal to listen and hear. Jeremiah 13:10 says, “This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.” If we refuse to listen to God’s words, we will find ourself worthless in time. We will not be able to stand against the foolishness of false teachers. Friends, you better know your bible and learn to apply it to your life and build your worldview from it. THIS IS HOW YOU WILL GET GOOD DISCERNMENT! Not by a feeling…but by meditating on Scripture day in and day out. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” It is by being transformed by the regular renewing of our minds that we can prove, or discern, what the will of God is! Jesus said in John 8:47, “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” Do you hear? Do you listen? Without hearing God’s Word you will not have good discernment, you will not be able to distinguish between the false and the legitimate teacher, and you will run the risk and danger of falling into false doctrines. Beloved…because I love you…I say these things to you.
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