Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21)
READ: 1 Thess. 5:21-22
If you love God, you will find yourself hating all that God hates. One thing that is expected of every bona fide believer in Christ is a probing mind. Without a probing, curious and meticulous mindset, the average believer might be prone to deception. In Matthew 24:24, Jesus warns: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. Why should you prove all things? It is because Satan has sent several counterfeits into the spiritual market place. If you are not probing and spiritually discerning enough, you might end up purchasing fake spiritual products. Today, there exists fake or counterfeit versions of every gift of the Holy Spirit. If you see them in manifestation, you could be convinced they are the original. If you look from a distance, you would most probably be deceived. But if you look closely and compare every component with that of the original as spelt out by the Word of God, you will realize you were dealing with fakes.
If you really love God, and hate evil, you will adopt the attitude of the Berean Jews to first probe everything they were given and compare it with the Word of God before accepting or rejecting it (Acts 17:10-11). Do not accept just any doctrine flying in the air because there are many doctrines being taught in many places that the Bible calls doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1). Some leaders have brought satanic doctrine from the spiritual market place without discerning it. They are spreading same to others. This must stop! The Word of God is the standard. Anything that negates this supreme counsel must be abandoned with speed. How discerning are you? Do you take time to prove all things? How probing is your mind? Do you take nutty issues to the Holy Spirit to help you out? It is after probing things that you should hold fast to the good ones and abandon the evil ones. Carry out a thorough evaluation of your beliefs and compare them with the Bible. Know the ones to adopt and sustain, but those that conflicts with God’s Word must be thrown into the trash can.
Proving or probing things is something God cannot do for you but will assist you in, if you really want to do it. Ask for a spiritually discerning mind.
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