Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.
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“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough … In fact, You even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.” (v 4, 20 NIV)
Throughout my life, Father, You’ve been revealing the truth of Your Word to me. You’ve been the One, through various means, to open the Scriptures to me and to help me understand the words You’ve shared. Thank You for seeing to it that I am in touch with Your truth.
Let me never stray from Your truth–which is Jesus (John14:6)–but rather keep me keenly alert to impostors or smooth-talking teachers. The enemy, as You’ve reminded me (2 Cor 11:13-15), can be sly, tricky, and subtle, while masquerading as a believer who teaches with authority. Guide me in straining ALL teaching I hear. Remind me to ask (1) “Do the teachings confirm Scripture (Acts 17:11)? (2) Does the teacher affirm and proclaim that Jesus Christ is God who came into the world as a man to save people from their sins (1 John 4:1-3)? and (3) Is the teacher’s lifestyle consistent with Biblical morality (Matt 12:33-37)?” *
Keep on helping me to become more and more familiar with Your Word. Cause me to feel “at home” in the pages of Scripture. Just like a bank teller studies a genuine dollar bill thoroughly, so that a counterfeit is no match for his/her trained eye, make me well-versed in recognizing Your truth, in knowing Your Word, and then, help me to live out that which I know, as You keep on making me just like Jesus. Amen.
* NIV Life Application Study Bible, Zondervan, p. 2107.