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Knowing from Whom You Have Learned

January 9, 2019


Knowing from Whom You Have Learned

In listening and learning  from others,  we need to use good judgment.     If the speaker is noted  for being a gossip,  slanderer,  liar,  or coming a bit  from the “deep end”,   it is only prudent  that we not take their words to heart.     If the speaker is noted  for dependability,  truthfulness,  and being of an honest,  good reputation,  we can be more sure  that their words are trustworthy.

And,  if the words are straight  from the Bible,  shown in their whole context  and with other supporting verses — we definitely need  to listen up — because we are hearing  what God Almighty  has to say on the subject.     As we read the Bible,  we need to remember 2 Timothy 3:16  —  “All Scripture is inspired  by God.”

Because the truthfulness,  dependability,  and faithfulness of the Bible has been proven  in so many fulfilled prophecies,  we need to keep that in mind  as we look for guidance  in our daily living.     If we want help in personal,  difficult times,  we shouldn’t go for help  to someone  whose life is quite flaky and questionable.     Guidance from the God who created,  sustains,  and redeemed us  is a much better source of truth and help.

The young preacher,  Timothy,  needed help  in confronting all sorts of evil,  false preachers, who preached only because  they loved to feel important  and wanted to get rich off the people.     When Paul instructed Timothy  in facing these godless men,  he wrote in 2 Timothy 3:13-17,

But evil men  and impostors  will proceed  from bad to worse,  deceiving  and being deceived.

You,   however,  continue in the things  you have learned  and become convinced of,  knowing  from whom  you have learned them;  and that from childhood  you have known the sacred writings  which are able  to give you the wisdom  that leads to salvation  through faith  which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture is inspired  by God  and profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training in righteousness;  that the man of God  may be adequate,  equipped for every good work.

Just as Timothy had to face  all sorts of  “evil men and impostors”,  even so now,  2,000+ years later,  we have to face  all kinds of false teachings  that are intended  to take us away  from the truths  of our God and Savior.

But,  as this world  proceeds  “from bad to worse,  deceiving and being deceived,”  we have one sure thing we can depend on — and that is the word of God — the Bible.     As times get tougher  and  more and more people  choose to be deceived,  it is more important than ever  to become strong  in the truths of God.

Let us open up our Bibles every day.     Read and study  what God has to say  to us.     Have fellowship  with God through prayer and meditation  on His word to us.     Every word written there is  for our eternal good and salvation.     Do we dare  to dismiss it?

That would be pure foolishness and a shameless,  unspeakable audacity.

Finding strength and peace  in God’s words  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank You  for showing me the power  of Your eternal word,  in keeping all  of Your promises  in Jesus Christ.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12







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