What’s stable in a crazy world? The living Jesus. A red-hot book blazes in my heart & sets my soul on fire! What is it? The Bible testimony about the living Jesus. Be cautious that you don’t stray away from the risen Jesus and His truth. Jesus and the Bible will help you not to repeat yesterday’s mistakes today.
If you mold your mind to mediocrity, you’ll miss out on the marvelous. Christ’s not satisfied with complacency. He calls you to carefully walk in His healing and wholeness!
To call caution & discernment “fear” is to move carelessly toward deception. There’s a huge difference between fear and caution. Caution is to look both ways before you step into a road. Fear is to sit paralyzed on the side of the road, unwilling to walk across the street. Many believers today are setting aside the caution of Scripture and jumping into spiritual traffic without it.
Caution is important because I am not wise enough to correctly identify Jesus and His leadings all by myself 100% of the time. I need the wisdom of the ekklesia written in the New Testament and the wisdom of the body of Christ today; otherwise I’m at the mercy of my own feelings about and perceptions of God (and they are sometimes off base).
Any human being can be tricked or deceived. Paul said that evil is sometimes disguised as a messenger of light. I hear God, but I check what I hear with the Bible, with mature believers who are solid in their trust in Christ, and also with reason and logic. That’s caution, because there are many deceiving spirits active in us humans. Also our own self-interests can deceive us.
Stay spiritually safe. Hang out with the first Christians. Get into the New Testament every day. Then go and boldly do what it says! It takes hopeful people to spread hope.
Let the risen Jesus get your hopes up. Being friends with the risen Jesus isn’t a new thing; it’s been going on 2,000 years. Read the Bible listening to the Holy Spirit who guided those who wrote it. There’s no need for an interpreter to explain the Bible. Read it for yourself and be amazed.
Experience the body of Christ in the Greek New Testament concept of ekklesia. Ekklesia is the greatest team activity because it’s coached by the risen Jesus.
The Bible has several letters written to ekklesias. They can help us live it out. The Bible helps us identify & reject fake news about who Jesus is. Renew your faith in the risen Jesus, don’t renege on it. Read & reread the Bible. Here’s some wisdom that the first ekklesias relied on to protect them from deception:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching…” 2 Timothy 3:16
Knowing the Bible helps you “Test the spirits to see whether they are from God.”
Hebrews says the mature “have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Jesus quoted Scripture to overcome temptation. Shouldn’t we? (Matthew 4)
1 John was written “so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Do you know?
WWJD? Know the Bible! (In Matthew Jesus quotes the Old Testament 30+ times.)
Joshua said we should meditate on the book of the law, day and night. (Joshua 1:8)
Doubting what God had said led Eve into deception. (Genesis 3)