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Test Everything You Hear With God’s Word

June 5, 2011

I encourage you to take everything I am saying and test it out with the Word of God.  Do not swallow anything I am saying or any one else hook, line, sinker, fisherman and even his boots!  Be discerning when you hear something that does not sit well in your spirit, take that feeling and then take it to the Word and see what the Word has to say.  If the Word is in-line with what you are hearing fine, but if not then do not listen to the advice that is not in-line with the new covenant of God’s grace.

Every time you hear advice simply ask yourself, “Is this in line with the new covenant of God’s grace?  Are there new covenant scriptures to back up this teaching?”

When you align everything with the cross you will know that God is on your side, for you and wants to see you restored, healthy and prosperous.  God does not want you sick, in poverty or shameful.  If you hear people preaching anything that leads to guilt or condemnation get far, far away.

The words of Miles Coverdale says it perfectly; “It shall greatly help thee to understand scripture, if thou mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, and unto whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstance, considering what goeth before, and what followeth after.”

In other words make sure you do not just look at the scripture but understand in what area, to who, to what kind of people and what was the purpose.  If you understand all of that then the scripture will mean much more.  I will give you some greater examples of this in a later day but for now just know that everything you hear should be challenged with the Word of God and its context.  By the way did you know Miles Coverdale was the 16th century translator who produced the first English Bible?

Rightly divide the covenants whenever you read the Bible and you will never be ashamed.

Do not despise prophecies.  Test all things; hold fast what is good.   —   1 Thessalonians 5:20-21

To understand the Bible, we need to read everything in its context.

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