Acts 17:11 Receive And Verify

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Everyday people are bombarded with news articles about nearly everything and anything. The news comes from all types of sources, from big name news outlets, to small independent thinkers.

Unless a person really looks at various sources of news and studies it, he cannot know which ones are really telling the true story correctly. Often the stories are told with a biased slant to get people to think a certain way.

As Paul was preaching in Berea, the people listening would double check in the Scriptures everything that Paul was saying. They wanted to make sure what he was saying was true.

It is very common for people in church to just hear and take what the preacher said as true. Most people do not want to take the time to verify what the preacher has said.

Acting in this way can often lead to false teachings and cultic teachings.

One thing people need to remember is that preachers are human and can make mistakes. The only way for members of a church to know if he made a mistake is to verify what was said with Scriptures.

Doing this will take some time and concerted effort to accomplish. One has to be willing to take notes on what is said, while it is being said, then later to go over those notes and verify that what was said lines up with Scripture.

As one does this, it helps ensure that truth is being taught and learned according to God’s word, not just some man’s word.

The longer you are a believer, the more things that you will hear that are claimed to be from God’s word. Do not allow yourself to automatically believe everything you hear is actually from God’s word.

There are many sayings that believers have that do not actually come from the bible, some of which actually go against true biblical teaching. Take the time to listen, but then take more time to study to verify what you have heard or read.

This also includes anything that you have read in this devotional that is being written. Verify that you are hearing God’s word as He intended it to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will verify anything you hear someone say about God’s word; that you will study to know God’s word for yourself; and that you will always speak the truth of God’s word.

Acts 5:42 Never Stop

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42

In order to get something big accomplished a person must start and keep going. As he is going, there will often be some difficulties or troubles that attempt to stop him. Instead of allowing those troubles to stop him, he must push forward and keep doing what he wants, or else he will never accomplish his goal.

Most will give up, when they hit a mountain of troubles.

Peter and some other apostles had been preaching the gospel message, when they were caught and put in prison. Upon a warning and a release, they went back out and continued openly to proclaim the good news of Jesus everywhere.

When Jesus left the earth the last thing He told the disciples to do was preach the gospel in all of the world. At that time the world had a large population, spread across the entire world. Today that population has grown extremely exponentially to over seven billion people.

Along with the growth of the population, the need to spread the gospel message has also grown.

Every believer has an opportunity, every day to tell someone something about Jesus and the good news of salvation. Sadly, many will want to talk about the weather, sports, work or something else. They have chosen to stop telling people about Jesus, because they may be ridiculed or persecuted and hated.

Jesus and the disciples kept moving forward with the message, despite any troubles. In reality, the more trouble there was, the more they spread the gospel message.

Believers have the need and the mandate to spread the gospel message. The world needs this message and they cannot stop, until everyone has heard it.

Throughout your life you may have attempted some big projects. Some you may have accomplished, while others you stopped because of problems.

The largest and greatest project you have to work on is getting the gospel message out to everyone you can. As you accomplish this task, people will be saved and be given true, eternal life.

If you chose to stop spreading the gospel message, people will die in their sins, never having true, eternal life.

Despite the problems and troubles, don’t stop spreading the gospel message. Make it your highest priority to keep it going to all the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you the boldness to preach His gospel message; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; that God will give you strength to keep going; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution.

2 John 1:2 Who Is With You When You Run?

Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9

The best of runners have to have someone alongside of them to guide them and show them the way to keep running. There is often a coach who is watching from the side to determine how well the person is running and what needs to change to improve.

Without the coach on the side, a person is just running and can easily fail at being his best.

John warns of a person who just runs ahead and leaves the teachings of Jesus. That person does not have God. The person who continues in the teaching of Jesus will always have God and Jesus by his side.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in Jesus and begin to run the race in life for Jesus. With this proclamation there has to be some change. That change is seen in that the person is now running according to God’s commands, not his own thoughts.

Throughout time there have been many in the church that claim to believe in Jesus and are running a race, but are running the race for self and the world. Choosing to live by standards that are against God’s commands is rejecting Jesus and His Holy Spirit’s guidance in one’s life. Immediately upon rejecting God’s commands, one is no longer a true believer and no longer has God or Jesus in his life.

The ways of God are different from that of the world. He calls people to walk in holiness and His will. Instead of running ahead of God, the true believer will have God by his side coaching him and leading him in the run through this life.

Examine how you are running in this life. Have you chosen to run ahead of God and leave Him and His Holy Spirit behind as you choose to do your own thing?

Or have you chosen to run with God right by your side guiding your every step? Do not allow yourself to run ahead of God, leaving His teaching behind. Stay in step with God and what He is doing.

God is the master coach who can guide your every step in towards perfection and His kingdom. Do not get lost in the ways of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will stay in the teachings and commands of God; that you will allow God to guide your every step; that you will run for God; and that you will know what God asks of you.