Internet, newspapers, television, cell phones, radios – there are so many loud and contradictory messages in the world today, that most people are confused about what to believe. Here is a guide to help you separate the true message from empty and harmful messages.
Don’t be satisfied with anything less than the truth: If you never seek the truth you will never find God, because God is truth. Much of the information we receive is only half the story and sometimes purposely misleading. God tells us the full truth even though that means we must learn that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible is God’s Word and the ultimate source of His truth.
Be prepared to acknowledge the truth: Many messages appeal to us because the senders tell us what we like to hear. We need to be ready to accept the truth even when it is not convenient. God makes bold statements. He states that “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4), a solemn fact that should motivate us to seek the Lord today.
Act on messages that will meet your need in the fullest and most permanent way: Many messages describe solutions that are only temporary or only address one aspect of our lives. Many of our problems are symptoms of an underlying disease. The complete and permanent solution is offered by the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” (John 10:28).
Respond appropriately to statements of urgency: Messages today try to motivate us to act even when they cannot tell us the results of such action. God also wants us to act now but He is very clear about the need, the required action, and the result. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Stay with the source that has met your need: Once you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible will guide you through life. There will be no further need to be confused by misleading ideas and partial information.
God is searching for those who are responsive to His message. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
Will you hear and believe?
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