The Jews received Paul’s message with enthusiasm and met with him daily, examining the Scriptures to see if they supported what he said.-Acts 17:11
I love listening to Keith Moore! I listen to him as often as I can. He often makes this statement, “Don’t just take my word for it, get in the Word and search it out for yourself.”
That statement has helped me immensely. I think the majority of us believe whatever we’re told by authority. That is what we are taught to do in school, right? If the teacher says it, it must be true. If the pastor says it, it must be true. If your parents said it, it must be true.
As you get older, you should realize that just because someone in authority said it, does not make it true.
Don’t just believe something because you hear it from someone you look up to. If you believe something to be true just because you heard someone else say it, you could be setting yourself up for a lot of hurt, disappointment, and failure if it is not true. Even if it is true, if you don’t get it ingrained in your heart, it won’t do anything for you anyway.
Maybe that’s one reason we are not seeing the results we want. We believe something because someone else said it. We don’t have the conviction that comes with seeking the truth for ourselves.
We should be searching for the truth for ourselves, questioning everything we hear, and determining whether or not it is true. If it is true, then we need to get it ingrained in our own hearts. We need to believe it because we KNOW for ourselves that it is truth. If it is not truth, we need to ignore it, regardless of it’s source.
Be a diligent student of life! Listen to people’s advice, but always question what they’re saying and search things out for yourself.