Friday, September 26, 2014
Learn from one another
We should always be open to learning from one another. Do you accept “training” or “constructive criticism from others? In Proverbs 27:17 we are reminded: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” NLT further explains “Mental sharpness comes from being around good people. And a meeting of minds can help people see their ideas with new clarity, refine them, and shape them into brilliant insights. This requires partners who can challenge one another and stimulate thought – people who focus on the idea without involving their egos in the discussion; people who know how to attack the thought and not the thinker. Two friends who bring their ideas together can help each other become sharper.”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
How do you protect yourself from being lead into false philosophies?In 2 Timothy 2:14-16, Paul explains false teachers will use trivial arguments that cause strife and division. To know if their teaching is true, we have to study scripture so we understand what it means. We are instructed to build our lives on scripture because the Bible tells us how to live for Him and to serve Him. We are to study the Word regularly or we will find ourselves neglecting God and our true purpose for living. Hebrews 2:1 tells us to pay close attention to the truth so we don’t fall prey to false teachings. We must not neglect our salvation.
In Acts 1:11, Paul reminds us there are people who teach wrong doctrines and lead others astray. Some are misguided or confused, and some are self-serving. Acts 17:11 it also says we can verify teachings by comparing them from scripture. Anyone who teaches God’s word will never contradict the Bible. “You can recognize false teachers because they will (1) focus more attention on themselves than on Christ, (2) ask you to do something that will compromise or dilute your faith, (3) de-emphasize the divine nature of Christ or the inspiration of the Bible, or (4) urge believers to make decisions based more on human judgment than on prayer and biblical guidelines.” NLT