Tuesday, January 27

the truth test

From a devotional based on I Thessalonians 5:21 - "Test everything. Hold on to the good."

"It is a great thing to be able to receive new truth and blessing without sacrificing the truths already proved and abandoning foundations already laid.

Some persons are always laying the foundations, and they present, at last, the appearance of a lot of abandoned sites and half constructed buildings, and nothing is ever brought to completion.

The fact that you are abandoning today for some new truth the things that a year ago you counted most precious and believed to be divinely true should be sufficient evidence that you will probably a year from today abandon your present convictions for the next new light that comes to you.

God is ever wanting to add to us, to develop us, to enlarge us, to teach us more and more, but it is ever in the line of things which He has already taught us, and in which we have been established.

While we are to prove all things, let us hold fast that which is good." ~A.B. Simpson

When I read this on Sunday, I was struck by how you can see this happening today. As the winds are blowing through the church at large with new philosophies, people are adopting new truths and abandoning spiritual truths which are basic to the Christian faith. Quite easy to do. Walk through the Christian section of any bookstore and you will be overwhelmed by the books available.

Then this morning I read the following:

"Thanks to our splendid Bible societies and to other effective agencies for the dissemination of the Word, there are today many millions of people who hold 'right opinions', probably more than ever before in the history of the Church. Yet I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb." ~ A.W. Tozer

Interestingly, the first quote was written probably over 65 years ago and the second close to 50 years ago. How can I not think of Ecclesiastes and the fact that there is nothing new under the sun?

But there is something that will outlast the sun and that is God's Word. When reading an article or book that you are discerning is *off*, do test it against what God's Word says. Abandon man's philosophies and
stick with God's Word which is Truth and you won't be blown around. You will stand on a foundation which you can continue building upon during your lifetime.

May your day be filled with sunshine and Sonshine!

Tammy ~@~


theArthurClan said...

So true Tammy and so very thought-provoking as well.

Dot O said...

Thanks Tammy...

~~Devita~~ said...

Oh, this one is really heavy for me. I don't really get it. I feel like a baby. Lol. Anyway, thanks for sharing. I will learn and learn so that I could grow and understand what God wants to tell me. Thank you sister.



mom said...

{{{Devita}}} To simplify, I think that we've grown to be a culture overloaded with information and that applies to Christianity as well. We get blown here and there with the wind of every book we read. Perhaps if believers spent more time reading just the Bible their foundation would be more solid :-) God's Word is powerful!

Tammy ~@~

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