Filtering What We Hear

Let’s think of this in terms of listening to (or reading material from) those who claim to speak from God. There are many false claims; therefore, we must be discerning. There is only one way to be sure our discernment is reliable. Scanning Scripture is O.K. at times, but is inadequate to develop discernment. Discernment (filtering out error) requires constant and consistent exposure to the Bible. It requires hard work, time and effort to do intensive study of God’s Word. The rewards are immense! Good commentaries by those whose ministries have the evident blessing of God on them are helpful. Sermons, printed, on CDs and DVds, TV, etc. have value, if they come from those whose lives back up their preaching and whom God has used. The “bottom line,” however, is that we have to learn to bring all input to His Word and see if it agrees with or contradicts what Scripture teaches. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Paul commanded Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workmen.” (From  II Timothy 2:15). He charged the Thessalonians, “Prove (test) all things; hold fast that which is good (right; true)” (I Thessalonians 5:21). We are to become become skillful in discerning between Truth and error. God speaks to us in His Word; the more we listen carefully to His voice, the quicker we’ll recognize voices that are not His voice. Jesus, in John 10:27 said, “My sheep hear My voice….” In the context, in this 10th Chapter, Verse 5 we are told, “A stranger will they not follow….” We know His voice from the Scriptures so well, that voices other than His are not to be trusted. John Ellerton asked what we ought to ask, “Speak Thou for us, O Lord, in all we say of Thee: according to Thy Word let all our teaching be, that so Thy lambs might know their own true Shepherd’s voice, where’er He leads them go, and in His love rejoice.” (From the hymn, “Shine Thou upon Us, Lord“). Selah! If we listen intensely and carefully to His voice, we won’t fall for the siren voices of Satan’s emissaries.   Ron

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