I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say (us). For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church. 3 John 9-10 NASB
Holy God, I pray for the one who walks contrary to Your Word in self righteousness, forgetting that You and only You are Sovereign leader of the church. Under Your sovereign power, Lord, guide me by Your word to stand for Your perfect truth against those who abuse it to their demise. May the body, Your church, prayerfully confront boldly anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ. These we know do not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. I pray Lord God for discernment and boldness to speak truth that You may be glorified in Your church. In Jesus name I pray, amen. 2 John 9 NASB
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them (spirit of the antichrist); because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:4-6 NASB
🌹God of all knowledge and wisdom, I come before You seeking knowledge and understanding of Your ways as I walk in this world. Abiding in You, I know that I can discern the spirit of truth from the spirit of error because greater are You who is in me than he who is in the world. I pray, Lord God, that I will always proclaim Your truth to others in a spirit of truth. I pray for those who know You Lord God to listen carefully to You so they can discern the spirit of truth from the spirit of error. Thank You God for loving and instructing Your children. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 NASB
🌹The only God of absolute truth I praise You for Your holy, perfect Word. By it I learn to do what is good so as not to imitate what is evil. In this, show me how to recognize spirits of the false prophets and those who practice evil. I pray for discernment when it comes to those who are under the influence of the evil one but calling themselves prophets and prophesying in Your name God. By Your word and Holy Spirit I pray I do not fall for their false visions, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. And may I never imitate the false prophets and bring dishonor to Your holy name. There is only one I desire to imitate and that is my Savior and LORD, Jesus Christ!! Praise His holy, blessed, perfect name, amen! 3 John 1:11/Jeremiah 14:14 NASB
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve (discover or distinguish between the things that differ) the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until (for) the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 NASB
🌹Lord may You cause us to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people. God fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding and may we never cease to pray this for our fellow brothers and sisters. For we know that the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. God, You will confirm us to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Your righteousness I shall find my confidence and I shall rejoice. Amen. 1 Thessalonians 3:12/Colossians 1:9/Galatians 6:8/Isaiah 32:17/1 Corinthians 1:8 NASB
O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; From Me comes your fruit. Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them. Hosea 14:8-9 NASB
🌹🙏 The works of Your hands are truth and justice; All Your precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever; They are performed in truth and uprightness. The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. Psalms 111:7-8 NASB/Isaiah 26:7 NASB
“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:25-26 NASB
Here is Jesus speaking to His disciples while abiding with them, teaching, assuring, leading. But Jesus was about to be crucified so He would no longer be abiding with them. But out of His great love and purpose the Father would not desert them. He sent the Holy Spirit to abide in them.
Jesus spoke the word to the disciples. Disciples today have those words in the Bible. As the disciples had to walk and listen to Jesus, we have to walk with God and listen when we read the Bible. Ever wonder why you don’t hear God? Are you reading His word?
And the greatest part of reading and listening to God’s word is that when we need discernment, or to share the gospel the Holy Spirit will bring it to mind what to say because He abides in us. Hallelujah!!!
🌹 Read and listen. Trust and obey. God will use you.
The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 NASB
God uses wise people to prod others to seek Him. He is the master of their works. Hopefully this is true. There are many Christian writers out there.
Christian books everywhere. “The writing of many books is endless”. Have you ever stood in a Christian Bookstore and gazed at book after book after book and feel exhausted in your search?
How do you know what book to choose?
Solomon advises: “fear God and keep His commandments”. Why? Because they apply to all people. A book that I read may be just what I need but it will not be what you need. The Bible is what we all need. It is written for all people.
The Bible should also be first choice so that in the reading of other books you have discernment as to what is truth. Just because a book is labeled “Christian” does not mean that it holds to the truth of the word of God.
Bottom line, “fear God and keep His commandments”. If you’re not reading the Bible you don’t know His commandments nor the God who wrote it.
🌹Make daily reading and meditation upon the Word of God a priority. You will not be disappointed.
My Name is Yanira Vargas. I am a Senior at Washington State University. I love all things expression and creative. I was in a relationship with my childhood best friend of 4 years, who happens to have had passed away with stage 3 brain cancer. I still believe in God, and in the beauty of mircles. Join me and embark on this journey with me.