Truth Will Bring Men Back

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The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed. — Acts 17:10-15

I love four words of this text. Luke says they were "examining the Scriptures daily." This illustrates the eagerness and willingness of the men and women of the Berean synagogue to dialogue about Jesus, who Paul proposed was the promised Messiah. And they listen to what Paul is teaching but don't blindly accept or reject what Paul is teaching. They match his teaching with the Hebrew Scriptures. And they do this daily.

As I have gotten older, I have discovered the wisdom of these four words "examining the Scriptures daily." I should constantly be testing what I am being taught, regardless of whether it is teaching by celebrities in the media, teachers in the classroom, or pastors from the platform. I should take their teaching and put it to the test against what is written in God's Word. God's inspired Scriptures are the final authority on all matters. They have the power to divide the truth and direct the heart back to truth. And we need a daily intake of the truth because the human heart is so deceitful. It is easily led away by propaganda and the philosophies of this world; therefore, it must be redirected daily. And in a time when we are being fed untruth by the truckload in media, classrooms, and the platform we need to be in the scripture more.

The activity of coming daily to scriptures, even a little bit, trains our hearts to submit to God. It keeps us in a place of submission to his ways. Because when we are not examining the Scriptures daily, we will discover that our feelings and our opinions become the truth. We become guided by our misguided truth. And this is precisely why some of the opposing Jews travel all the way from Thessalonica agitating and stirring up opposition in Berea. They become driven by erroneous opinions and will do anything to defend them.

So today, do this. Assess where your feelings and opinions have been driving your behavior. And then submit those feelings and opinions to God. But then take that final step, search the scriptures for how to feel and respond to the issues that have been directing your feelings and opinions, and worship the God of all truth.

ASK THIS: What feelings or opinions have been driving your behavior? (Share below).

DO THIS: Let God lead you by his truth by spending five minutes searching scriptures for a godly response.

PRAY THIS: God, reveal to me how to think, feel, and respond.

PLAY THIS: Spirit And Truth — Chris Sayburn.

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24 thoughts on “Truth Will Bring Men Back

  1. Chris says:

    I have been wondering what God is doing behind the scenes because I see no resolution with regards to things heavy on my heart.

  2. Dennis says:

    Great Devotional Vince and very timely! Now more than ever the Church needs to “examine the scriptures daily”. There is so much bad information being downloaded into our minds and then there are those who are attempting to prophesy the end times. Everywhere we turn there are distractions and these distractions are dangerous. We start to allow the distractions to take our focus off of the Great Commission and working out our own salvation. We need to test all things to scripture.

  3. Ramon says:

    Guilt and self forgiveness has been gearing my way lately. I pray and pray but it keeps returning even after 9 years and a setback 18 mos ago.
    : (

  4. John Krumm says:

    About 8 years ago (my best guess) I went through a very troubling time in my life. I came to a place where I questioned everything about what I had been taught and believed in. All the little sayings we as Christians would say to believers and non believers, the traditions we practiced in church and out of church, etc. This was not a bad thing, but great as all I wanted was what the scriptures would reveal to me. It was a couple years process. It taught me a great many things I still carry to this day. Examine, asking for wisdom, listening for Truth in ways that only God could provide.
    The title (and content) of this devotional is states “Truth Will Bring Men Back”. Five words that say volumes. Be blessed and trust the process that God is bringing you through today, men of great worth!

  5. Ed says:

    Before posting I read other posts and realized a theme here as I was gonna say my anger towards my boss’s narcissistic ways and his false opinions sometimes drive me into poor behavior and spark some of my own narcissism in response….. feelings…… emotions…. They can be stirred easily especially if we are driven by them already and are not checking them at the door of heaven through scripture. Satan is beyond clever and will use those emotions to drive you further into whatever hole those feelings tend to reside in and create all kinds of bad responses and behaviors if not challenged….. and what better way to challenge ourselves and the integrity of our thoughts and emotions than the very word of God? We are virtually defenseless without it….

    Ephesians 6:10-18
    New International Version
    The Armor of God
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord(A) and in his mighty power.(B) 11 Put on the full armor of God,(C) so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,(D) but against the rulers, against the authorities,(E) against the powers(F) of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.(G) 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,(H) so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,(I) with the breastplate of righteousness in place,(J) 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.(K) 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,(L) with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.(M) 17 Take the helmet of salvation(N) and the sword of the Spirit,(O) which is the word of God.(P)

    18 And pray in the Spirit(Q) on all occasions(R) with all kinds of prayers and requests.(S) With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying(T) for all the Lord’s people.

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  6. Cory B says:

    Guys trip weekend. Distracted by conversations, tomfoolery and shenanigans. Very easy to get caught up in old behaviors such as sarcasm, inappropriate conversations and laziness. The more I drift away from God, the less I read the Bible and the easier it is to slip back into old habits.

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  7. Jason says:

    Feelings of letting others down, my family when they need me to be strong and lead. Anger at the blatant mis truth that is coming out of people’s mouths. Even though I know it will happen and not to be surprised it still stirs up feelings inside of me. Lord forgive us!

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  8. Jack Dellinger says:

    Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

    I feel like I live in a world where there exists a clandestine, toxic mixture of the works of the flesh that is trying to infect the entire population. People who don’t have sufficient intake of the Word are more prone to infection. It infects the body mainly through the eyes and ears. The most successful ways to prevent the spread of this disease is social distancing from those infected and filtering everything that you take in through the eyes and ears through the Word of God.

    This devo is spot on. Those who thrive will be those rooted in the Bible. For it is from God’s word we will find the nourishment our soul needs. And it is the Holy Spirit that will carry this nourishment from the Word into our being.

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    • John says:

      Father God, we thank You for providing the finances that Steve needs and or realigning the need of those finances. You God are greater than all the need that Steve has and we sit in Jesus restfully in His finished work. We pray this in the glory of Jesus name and thank You.

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