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Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 04:15:41 -0700 (PDT)
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Don't Believe Everything You Hear
 by Steve Preston

   "And I understood and saw that God had not
   sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy
   against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had
   hired him. For this purpose he was hired,
   that I should be afraid and act in this way
   and sin, and so they could give me a bad
   name in order to taunt me" (Nehemiah 6:12-13
   ESV).

If Nehemiah had believed everything that he had heard,
the walls of Jerusalem would not have been rebuilt.

In matters of religion most people will believe
anything they are told is true. If a well-known preacher
on television says that a scripture has a particular
meaning everyone will believe because after all, why
would they lie?

Satan uses a variety of means to get people away from
God including deceiving sincere people into thinking
they are right when they are not.

Paul writes in Romans 10:2 about Israel: "For I bear
them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not
according to knowledge."

The Jews continued to believe that the Law of Moses was
the standard by which they should live. They were
deceived into thinking that the old law would save
them.

Timothy was exhorted to "Preach the word; be ready in
season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort,
with complete patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 4:2).

Why give Timothy such a charge? There would be a time
was coming when people would not "endure sound
teaching" and "turn away from listening to the truth
and wander off into myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Today the exhortation is the same. We must always
"preach the word."

Scripture also tells us, "do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God"
(1 John 4:1).

God gives us everything we need to know the truth. We
have the Bible. Whenever someone talks to you about the
scriptures, check with God in His word before you
believe it.

Your soul depends on it. 
______ 
Steve writes BibleTalk, short messages from the Bible, 
twice weekly.
http://freegroups.net/groups/bibletalk/

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