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What is False Teaching?

False teaching comes in many forms, but these teachings always deny the identity of God.

Written by Joy on 28/09/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Jesus, Lies, Truth
“This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer and Creator: ‘I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth? I expose the false prophets as liars and make fools of fortune-tellers. I cause the wise to give bad advice, thus proving them to be fools.’” Isaiah 44:24-25

False teaching comes in many forms, but these teachings always deny the identity of God. This is how false teaching denies God’s identity:

Denial of Creator God
False teachings often deny Genesis 1:1, which says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” 2 Peter 3:3-8 even reminds us that in the last days people will purposely “forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed.” Denying God created the heavens and the earth is a false teaching.

Denial of God’s Standards
False teachings change God’s standards. God only requires faith to receive eternal life. But some false teachers say you can save yourself by doing good works. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Your good works can’t get you to God. You can only be saved through faith in Jesus. Psalm 5:4 says “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness…” Many times, false teaching will also attempt to make sin seem ok. But God hates sin. False teaching disagrees with what God defines as sin, and leads people into a lifestyle that is not pleasing to God.

Denying that Jesus is the Only Way to God
False teachings may say there are many ways to God. Or, that you don’t need God because there is no sin, or judgement, to be saved from. Acts 4:12 says “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved.” That means Jesus is the only way to God, but false teachings do not agree with this truth.

Denial of a Loving God
God is not hateful. The truth is…. “God is Love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.” (1 John 4:8-9). God’s message is clear: He is God, our Creator and He saves us because He loves us so much.

Pray this week:

To know God for who He really is.

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? How do you handle that? Talk to a Christian to find out.

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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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children and fools tell the truth

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This little girl wrote a letter shortly before being killed by her father. How sobering.
You might be familiar with the proverb, “children and fools tell the truth.” But the truth that comes from this little girl’s mouth isn’t something a fool would say; instead, it feels like a dagger to the heart when you hear it.
There should be no mystery as to who the “Jack” in the story is. This video has such an important message, one that needs to be heard and remembered — both children and adults can be victims of violent abuse. Alcohol can make people so incredibly aggressive and unpredictable. The words of this eight-year-old girl should not be ignored, however hard they may be to hear. 

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Freedom From Depression:

God's light outshines the darkness of depression

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Depression, Freedom, God, Psalms
I’ve come across several teenagers lately who are depressed. It really shakes me up! These kids are in the prime of their life and yet they are bogged down by chains of gloom, fear, and discouragement.

When one is depressed, darkness reigns inside. I’m no psychiatrist, but I see it everywhere. Adults of every age are suffering, too. It can really knock the wind out of you to consider the sheer number of people who daily live in this reality. It is not of the Lord. The Bible says: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Because He is light and love, by all means, He wants us in the light with Him!

So, what are we to do?

I take great comfort and find specific direction for overcoming depression in Psalm 23. (And, no, this Psalm is not just for funerals! Unfortunately, it has that reputation. But it is, in fact, wisdom for everyday life.) Let’s observe it together and find God’s guidance for living free from chains of discouragement. Together, let’s find freedom in God’s marvelous light.

Psalm 23:1 – “The LORD is my shepherd.”

Notice the word “is.” This verse does not say, “I hope the Lord will be my shepherd,” nor does it say, “It would be nice if…” Rather, it says that the Lord IS my shepherd. He is present, right now, as my skillful guide. Worries focus on the unknowns of the future, but when we stay present we find the Lord Jesus Christ right by our side, guiding patiently as a shepherd does.

Also note the word “my.” God is personal. He is mine. I need not take my woes to anyone else, but instead I go right to Him. When we meditate on the reality of His present, personal nature, we come to realize that we are exactly where we need to be… and we are covered. The rest of verse 1 states, “I lack nothing.” Or, “I have everything I need.”

This is not “Christianese”. It is truth. We are in the care of a skillful Shepherd who loves us. This truth can revolutionize our mental outlook!

How does the 23rd Psalm minister to you? Why do we tend to reach out to God more, when we are walking in hard circumstances? Reach out to God now, and reach out to other Christians. 

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Do You Know the Real Truth?

Most of us will not fall for an obvious lie, but we can be fooled by a slight twist of the truth.

Written by Joy on 12/10/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Jesus, Truth
“The people of Berea were more open-minded and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures daily to see if Paul’s teaching was true.” Acts 17:11

The best way to recognize a counterfeit is to know the REAL thing! Most of us will not fall for an obvious lie, but we can be fooled by a slight twist of the truth.

Know the Enemy’s Strategy
In Genesis 3:1, Satan only changed a few words from God’s original commandment to confuse Eve. When Satan tempted Jesus in Matthew 4, he quoted scripture to lure Jesus into sin. Jesus quickly saw the verses had been taken out of context and used for wrong motives. People can be easily led astray by the use of scripture that gives the appearance of following God, but actually promotes selfishness and pleasure-seeking.

Know the Whole Truth
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Bible is a complete message from God, so it all fits together. Be careful of taking verses out of context. Like the Bereans, study the scriptures every day searching for an overall understanding. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth according to Jesus’ promise in John 14:16-17,26.

Know the Meaning
Pay attention to the meaning of words, and check everything against the rest of scripture. If someone talks about “Jesus,” make sure they are talking about the Jesus of the Bible who is God and rose from the dead. “…just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily listen to whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach..” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

Some say that because God is “love,” you can do whatever you want. Some say God is a “judge,” so you must obey these strict laws. Both of these ignore the total truth of scripture summarized in John 3:16 – God does love us! He graciously gave His Son Jesus to save us. Why do we need a Savior? God’s holiness required a just punishment (death) for our rebellion (sin) against God. Peace with God (eternal life) is a free gift for ALL who believe (have faith), just as it was for Abraham in Genesis 15:6 (See also Romans 4)

The entire Bible is a love letter to us from God our Creator. From beginning to end, it shows God lovingly pursuing us to bring us back into His plan which we rebelled against. If you want to go back to God’s plan, accept Christ today. How will you respond to God?

Pray this week:

For the Holy Spirit to lead you into truth.

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Learn To Take Responsibility

Most of us don't want to take responsiblity for our actions and problems.It's always someone else or the world,but never us.I'v heard some people say that they need someone to give them responsibility,"what they really are saying is that they need someone to tell them what to do.

But the truth is that no one will give you responsibility;it's up to you to become responsible by yourself. Become responsible by looking out for a need and reaching out to meet that need.That is a principle of success.There are people who complain about situations they could actually do something about,if only they would take some responsibility.See the opportunity to help out where you can, it will make you a better person and will show you some responsibility.

Learn to be responsible in church,at home,in school and at work.Have the ability to respond when there's a need,cause no one might.If you are a young person living with your parents,make up your mind that your impact would be felt at home and if you are a parent,ensure that you live up to your obligation to your kids,brought them up inthe way of the Lord.

CONCLUSION
Learn to be responsible;responsible people are noble,it will reveals the greatness in you.

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