Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wrong Advice, Trying the Spirits

Upon arriving in Boston, after driving through the night, we stopped at a diner to eat. Our waitress stepped up to our booth, and with the thickest Boston accent we were to hear during our stay, asked us if we would like anything.

We began to give our order and she immediately replied, "Do I hear an accent here?" We just about rolled off our seats, because we were quite certain her accent was just as thickly Bostonian as ours was Southern.

During the ensuing monologue, she told us we had to visit Faneuil Hall in Boston. Realizing that the best advice usually comes from the locals, we put this on our list of things to see. Imagine our surprise when we entered Faneuil Hall to find it basically a very large souvenir shop. I realize now, the name encompasses the whole area including Quincy Market, but at the time, I was greatly disappointed.

As Christians, we receive advice throughout our lives from so many varied sources. These sources may be experts in their fields, but we should still wisely sort through all the advice to seek that which is from godly sources. We should seek to have that advice confirmed by other sources as well.

"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." Proverbs 11:14

The Lord has given us His word, His Spirit and the fellowship of other believers to help guide us through this world. It is our responsibility to "try the Spirits", to determine whether the advice and counsel we are receiving is truly from God or not.

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

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