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People claim to have glorious information even Divine insight into how we should live and conduct our lives. But is their information really good and useful? Even though some of it sounds good and does have a certain worldly appeal, what standard should we use in determining if their directions are legitimate and are going to have Everlasting Value for us or is it just a part of a fad of the moment that sounds good but is really of little use in cultivating a lasting relationship with Jesus.
Here is a good start - does the information draw us closer to the Holy, Living, Loving, Caring, God, then good, but if the information gives credit to mankind while neglecting to give Honor and Glory to God then that information needs to be carefully considered and even rejected as harmful and unhelpful in helping to direct and guide our lives.
Jeremiah 23:21-23 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?
Also God is reminding us that He is close to us and that when we need Him we should call on Him ourselves and not always look to others to call on God for us or to prophesy for us.
2 Peter 2:1-9 But there were False Prophets also among the people, even as there shall be False Teachers among you, who privily (in secret) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the Way of Truth shall be evil spoken of .. (remember) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished:
An Exciting part of being a Christian is in thinking through our thoughts and our actions to determine if it will have a good consequences towards God or a bad consequence for us and this includes thinking through what others are trying to get us to say and do. Sometimes Saying "No" is necessary and it is also powerful as saying no to the ways of this world is generally part of the first step of saying "Yes" to God.
God Bless you,
David Anson Brown