Internet, newspapers, television,Â cell phones, radios – there are so manyÂ loud and contradictory messages inÂ the world today, that most people areÂ confused about what to believe. HereÂ is a guide to help you separate the trueÂ message from empty and harmfulÂ messages.
Donâ€™t be satisfied with anythingÂ less than the truth: If you never seekÂ the truth you will never find God,Â because God is truth. Much of theÂ information we receive is only halfÂ the story and sometimes purposelyÂ misleading. God tells us the full truthÂ even though that means we must learnÂ that â€œall have sinned, and come short ofÂ the glory of Godâ€ (Romans 3:23). TheÂ Bible is Godâ€™s Word and the ultimateÂ source of His truth.
Be prepared to acknowledge theÂ truth: Many messages appeal to usÂ because the senders tell us what weÂ like to hear. We need to be ready toÂ accept the truth even when it is notÂ convenient. God makes boldÂ statements. He states that â€œthe soulÂ that sinneth, it shall dieâ€ (EzekielÂ 18:4), a solemn fact that shouldÂ motivate us to seek the LordÂ today.
Act on messages thatÂ will meet your need in theÂ fullest and most permanentÂ way: Many messages describeÂ solutions that are onlyÂ temporary or only address oneÂ aspect of our lives. Many of ourÂ problems are symptoms of anÂ underlying disease. The completeÂ and permanent solution is offeredÂ by the Lord Jesus Christ who said, â€œIÂ give unto them eternal life; and they shallÂ never perishâ€ (John 10:28).
Respond appropriately toÂ statements of urgency: MessagesÂ today try to motivate us to act evenÂ when they cannot tell us the resultsÂ of such action. God also wants us toÂ act now but He is very clear aboutÂ the need, the required action, andÂ the result. The Lord Jesus Christ said,Â â€œCome unto Me, all ye that labour andÂ are heavy laden, and I will give you restâ€Â (Matthew 11:28).
Stay with the source that has metÂ your need: Once you are a believer inÂ the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible willÂ guide you through life. There willÂ be no further need to be confusedÂ by misleading ideas and partialÂ information.
God is searching for those who areÂ responsive to His message. â€œHe thatÂ heareth My word, and believeth on HimÂ that sent Me, hath everlasting life, andÂ shall not come into condemnation; but isÂ passed from death unto lifeâ€ (John 5:24).
Will you hear and believe?
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