TEST ALL THINGS II

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“But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 AMP

Yesterday, we concluded that study of the word and prayer are cardinal rules for discernment. Today, we will take this matter of testing all things a step further by examining two extremes in the body of Christ. We have those who hold all things and test nothing and those who test all things and hold nothing.

The first set of people are those who are being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine because they’ve not learnt to be objective (Ephesians 4:14).

They follow everyone and everything, as long as they have a resemblance of God. They hold on to traditions for the sake of religion while sinning against God, instead of doing the will of God (Matthew 15:5-6).

The second group of people are those who test all things just for the sake of testing. These people only know the word in their head and not in their heart. As a result of this, they know so much but have no convictions. (2 Timothy 3:7)

The Bible’s order is that we must test and hold. Let’s read our anchor text again:

“But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 AMP

We must study the word of God to know His expectations of us and do them. If you want to build your spiritual conviction, you must sit down and study the word well.

In our realm, head knowledge doesn’t count when it comes to spiritual truths; it is what you have studied with passion that makes the difference. Be diligent with the word!

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 HCSB

Test all things!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 26:17-35, Romans 10, Psalm 63, Deuteronomy 4-5

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