“the hypocrisy of false expressions” (1 Timothy 4:2)“For at present we are observing by means of a mirror, in an enigma, yet then, face to face. At present I know out of an installment, yet then I shall recognize according as I am recognized also.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)“…let a man test himself first…” (1 Corinthians 11:28).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are of God, for many false prophets have come out into the world.” (1 John 4:1).
“solid nourishment is for the mature, who, because of habit, have faculties exercised for discriminating between the ideal and the evil.” (Hebrews 5:14).
“Now profane and old womanish myths refuse, yet exercise yourself in devoutness…” (1 Timothy 4:7)
“Now stupid and crude questionings refuse…” (2 Timothy 2:23)
“I am also deeming all to be a forfeit because of the superiority of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, because of Whom I forfeited all, and am deeming it to be refuse, that I should be gaining Christ…” (Philippians 3:8)
So, the question is, “Does what I think (what I’ve heard, or what someone has said) match God’s word?” If the answer is “yes,” by all means heed it, learn it, and integrate it. If the answer is “no,” dismiss it outright as total falsehood and pay it no attention whatever.
4. Repent — Change your mind and keep it changed! Be so certain of the fresh, liberating revelation you received that no one can convince you of anything contrary.
“Repent, then…and beseech the Lord…” (Acts 8:22)
“Indeed, then, condoning the times of ignorance, God is now charging mankind that all everywhere are to repent…” (Acts 17:30)
5. Reform — We must have a correct direction to turn to, following the previous four steps. If the former pattern was based on lie, what IS the truth we can learn and integrate?
“…forgetting, indeed, those things which are behind, yet stretching out to those in front — toward the goal am I pursuing for the prize of God’s calling above in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Here’s the whole lesson in a nutshell:
“…put off from you, as regards your former behavior, the old humanity which is corrupted in accord with its seductive desires, yet to be rejuvenated in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new humanity which, in accord with God, is being created in righteousness and benignity of the truth. Wherefore, putting off the false, let each be speaking the truth…” (Ephesians 4:22-25)
So…what if one of the lies we’ve been taught — which we are now free to reject — is that it’s all very complicated, when it’s actually quite simple?!
“…you will know the truth, and the truth will be making you free.” (John 8:32)
Blessings and Joy in the Journey.