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3 Signs of a False Teacher The way to know a lie is to know the truth.

The way to know a lie is to know the truth.

Written by Joy on 05/10/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Jesus, Lies, Teaching, Truth
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing.” 1 Timothy 6:3-4

We need to know God’s truth so we can recognize false teachers. Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” (Matthew 7:24) There are many signs of false teachers, but here are three common signs:

1. Contradicting Jesus’ Teaching
Religious teachers who require certain works in order to earn salvation do not agree with Jesus. Jesus taught that we are saved by grace through faith in his death on the cross. (John 1:12; 3:16) He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through me” (John 14:6). Teachers who say that all religions lead to God, or that everyone is going to Heaven, oppose the clear teachings of Jesus. Anyone who contradicts the truths that Jesus taught is a false teacher.

2. Not Encouraging Godly Living
God’s plan is for us to live pure lives with faith and love. Our goal is to please God, not ourselves. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey me.” (John 14:15) Teachers who tell you to do whatever feels right are not teaching you to follow Jesus. Our feelings, and even our logic, can be wrong. “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom will be kept safe.” (Proverbs 28:26). Godly teachers always direct you to the Bible. But false teachers encourage you to trust in them as the source of truth, or in yourself.

3. Filled with pride and wrong motives
False Teachers don’t understand the true power of God’s Word. 1 Timothy 1:6-11. They debate and argue over parts of the Bible, causing divisions and putting themselves above God. Are they smarter than God, who promised that His Word would stand forever? Their purpose is not to draw people closer to God, but to raise themselves into positions of power and wealth. I Timothy 6:5 says “These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt and they have turned their back on the truth and a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.”

In order to identify counterfeit money, you must study the real thing. In the same way, when you study the clear teachings of Jesus Christ, you guard yourself from false teachers who want to sway you from the truth.

Pray this week:

To recognize any false teachings that you have believed.

The world denies God's standards, and God's Word, and even denies that Jesus is the only Way to salvation… Do you know people who do this? Do you know how to respond to them? Find out by talking to a Christian.

 

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5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture

You may not always have a Bible on hand – memorizing Scripture is another weapon in spiritual warfare.

Written by Joy on 02/11/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Personal Transformation
“…Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” Ephesians 6:17

In spiritual battle, you must use God’s Truth to fight the lies of the enemy (Satan). Jesus used scripture to fight Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4. Here are five ways that memorizing scripture will help prepare you for Spiritual Battle.

1. Your Desires Change
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Focusing your mind on God’s Word will cause your desires to line up with God’s desires. You will start becoming more like Christ, which will produce Godly characteristics in your life such as love, peace, and purity. (Philippians 4:8)

2. You Gain Strength to Fight Temptation
“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11).

When you memorize scriptures about the sins you struggle with, they help warn you and guide you in the right direction when you face those temptations.

3. You’ll Have Clear Direction
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105).

Thinking about scripture throughout your day will help you understand God’s ways and enable you to apply His principles in your life decisions.

4. You’ll Be Ready to Share the Gospel
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believer in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:13-14)

Jesus gave us eternal life, and He wants us to tell others so they can be free. How can they believe if no one tells them? (Romans 10:13-15) When you memorize verses, you are ready to share the Good News with others.

5. Your Prayers Become More Powerful
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God; That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if he hears us, we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15).

Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s Will be done.” How can you pray for God’s Will if you don’t know it? Using God’s own words from scripture gives power and confidence to your prayers.

There is no better ally in battle than God Himself, so call on Him and repeat His promises to strengthen your faith. (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray this week:

for time and commitment to memorize verses.

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Three Beginner Bible Study Tips

Make it your aim to prepare yourself for your mission as a follower of Jesus

Written by GodLife on 31/01/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Bible, Application, Interpretation, Context, Obedience
Ezra had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others.

Ezra 7:10
Most Christians understand that we’re all supposed to be reading the Bible on a regular basis. But isn’t it true that it’s hard to understand at times? (It’s OK to admit this – even Peter did! [2 Peter 3:16]) Even when we “understand” it, it’s possible to take it all in and go away unchanged. (James 1:23-24) But God’s promise to bless what we do only applies “if we listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget.” (James 1:25)

Here are three simple principles for reading the Bible. You can remember them by associating them with “SOS,” the international call for help:

S: What does it SAY
Before we can make use of what we read, we have to be sure of what it meant at the time it was written. To understand this, be sure to get the context. Here are three dimensions to context:

There’s the Biblical context: Who wrote it? Why was it written? What did it mean to those who received it? It’s been said that “a text without a context is a pretext.” It’s possible to quote the Bible and get the meaning all wrong. The words of foolish people (1 Samuel 26:1-21), false prophets (1 Kings 22:10-28), and even the devil (Job 2:4) can be found in Scripture. King Jeroboam deliberately quoted Exodus 32:4 without context to justify his plan to set up golden calves in his kingdom. (1 Kings 12:28) But Paul praised the Bereans for “gladly accepting the message” but also “studying the scriptures to see” for themselves that what he said was true. (Acts 17:11).
There’s also the context of time. It’s important to know where a passage fits in history. Was it before, or after Jesus’ coming? Does it describe a temporary situation? In 2 Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah destroyed the brass snake God commanded Moses to make! Why? The people were worshiping it—a thing of brass—as if it were an idol.
The context of culture may also be important. God told Noah in Genesis 9:2-3 to eat every animal. He told Moses and Aaron to set Israel apart by their diet and gave a list of clean and unclean animals in Leviticus 11.
O: Ask God what He wants you to OBEY
Never forget that you have access to the Author! Jesus was recognized as an authoritative teacher (Matthew 7:28-29) and occasionally revealed things they had not realized they were accountable to believe or obey. (See Exodus 3:6 and Matthew 22:32; also see Exodus 20:12 and Matthew 15:3-6.)

S: What can you SHARE
God promises His Word does what He sends it forth to do. (Isaiah 55:11) Once He has done His work in your life, you’re not supposed to keep the good news to yourself. (See 2 Kings 7:1-9)

There’s a biblical basis for these reminders. They came from a statement about one of the great characters in the Bible. Ezra was someone very influential, but not as well-known as Elijah, Samuel or even Esther (who appears in a book he may have written). He was a priest and a scribe in Israel after the nation’s return from captivity in Babylon. A short statement about him tells us a lot about why he had such a profound impact on his country:

“Ezra had spent his entire life studying and obeying the Law of the Lord and teaching it to others.” (Ezra 7:10)

To put it another way, Ezra read the Bible carefully to find out what it SAID. His purpose was to OBEY God’s laws. He then spent time SHARING it with others. In Nehemiah 8:1-8 we see that the whole regathered nation of Israel stood and listened as Ezra read the Bible and helped them understand what it said so that they could agree to its truth. This resulted in them worshiping the Lord. Making hearers into worshipers should be the mission of any follower of Jesus as well; but first, we have to make sure we are worshipers ourselves. If we read the Bible this way, we will be!

Pray this week:

Dear Lord: I want to know your Word and know you. I want to help others understand and obey and worship you. Please help me have the faith and discipline to do these things. AMEN

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Know God

God Loves You!

The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

The problem is that…

All of us have done, said or thought things that are wrong. This is called sin, and our sins have separated us from God.

The Bible says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God forever. The Bible says "The wages of sin is death."

The good news is that, about 2,000 years ago,

God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless life and then died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. "God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."

Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father. He offers us the gift of eternal life — of living forever with Him in heaven if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."

God reaches out in love to you and wants you to be His child. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name." You can choose to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Lord and Savior.

If you want to accept Christ as your Savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this:

"Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always."

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 Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.

Peter Kesaris
Director of Architecture & Design Customer Experience at Empire Office
6 years ago to date, I was hit by a car and nearly killed. After being stuck in a wheelchair for 6 months, doctors didn't know if I would be able to walk normally again. This week I ran my first half marathon.  Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do.  Follow my story on Instagram: @pakjan6 (edited) 

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Do You Know Networking?

Networking is the ability to establish a network of contacts, or is the network of contacts established with the purpose of generating business opportunities, with the sharing of services and information. Ok, this is the meaning of the word, but I think it's much more than that.

A good network of contacts is important not only for business but for life. Having good friends is much more important than having simple contacts.

On this basis, I believe that establishing a good networking is a slow and laborious process.

The personal and professional image is a very important tool and be working and be constantly analyzing the behavior to maintain an active stance on social networks is something that can help in a very good networking, we should be someone people want to relate. And to have a good network of relationships is a similar job. It is not enough just to have people added to your network, or have your contacts, it is important to make active contact, be authentic, be present and show real interest in the content of the contacts made. In short, it is important to keep the network made.

To help build a good networking, think of it this way, when you start to build the network, think of a goal, what you want with this contact group, which aims crave.

Having clear objectives makes it easy to know where to look for contacts.

Learn what you can offer to others, sometimes it is easier to generate relationships when we know what we can offer to others instead of waiting to be asked for something.

Have a genuine interest in people, avoid seeking only when you need something, do it creates a very negative image.

Look for help within their means, the people in your network.

Try to make yourself useful and present.

Invite people to know their work, publish what you are doing, it is important to know what you do for them to publish their work.

Remember, a good network is made day-to-day, not only in the virtual environment, but also real. So, learn to stand, speak well, keep in mind that people with whom you live every day should be part of this network that they create.

Start your network with more care and consideration, it will be worth it.

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Exercise Your Faith

Your faith is God-given and it works. Jesus said,
“…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to
yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall
be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Notice
what He said: “If ye have…” because at one time,
His disciples had no faith. That was when He asked
them, “…how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
However, for us, the new creation, we were born again
with faith in our spirits.
There’s no Christian that lacks faith. God gave to
each one of us “the measure,” not “a measure,” of
faith. He gave us all the same seed of faith, but you’re
required to grow your faith and make it effective. The
circumstances and the crises of life are at different
levels, and require different levels of faith. There’s little
faith and great faith, and then there’s weak faith and
strong faith. You increase your level of faith by hearing
more of God’s Word (Romans 10:17), but to improve
the quality of your faith—the tensile nature—you have
to exercise your faith; you have to use it.
For instance, that someone has a large body with
a lot of flesh doesn’t necessarily mean the muscles are
strong; you strengthen them by using and exercising
them. Keep using and exercising your faith by acting
on the Word; faith always works. If you acted your
faith and it seemed like it didn’t work, go back to the
Word and learn some more, and try again.
It’s like a child learning to walk; it gets more perfect
with every step. It’ll be wrong to say of a child who’s
learning to walk, “Since this child has fallen three times,
I’ll never let him walk again.” The child would have to
keep at it until finally, his muscles are strong enough,
and that same child starts running.
Keep building and developing your faith by
learning more and more of God’s Word and putting
what you learn to work. Be quick to accept, believe,
and do the Word. Affirm and declare the Word,
irrespective of the contrary circumstances. That’s how
to build strong and prevailing faith,
Prayer
Dear Father, I rejoice in your
Word that’s at work in me and
building my spirit strong! I’m set
on the path of life, guided by your
Spirit in glory, and everlasting
triumph. I live the glorious life of
righteousness, dominion, grace
and power, today and always, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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