Monday, December 19, 2016

TEST MINISTREIS

 
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Rev 2:6 [NET]
6 But you do have this going for you: You hate what the Nicolaitans practice - practices I also hate.
Also read Rev 2:1-5

Chidi was quite confused concerning a new ministry that recently came to town. The prophet was very charismatic, and he performed miracles. But each time Chidi wanted to go there, he felt a check in his spirit. Chidi later observed that that ministry had not succeeded in raising one single disciple of Jesus in the city. The ministry was rather full of cheerleaders whose lives were no different from that of unbelievers. It was clear to Chidi that the fruits of that ministry was not consistent with that of Christ.

One notable point in the letter to the church in Ephesus is that Jesus was pleased that they were not gullible to false apostles that came to them (see Rev 2:2). They had the attitude of testing teachers and doctrines. Because of this attitude, they were not easily given to false teachings and practices such as the one mentioned in today’s Biblical text.

Jesus loves it when His people test spirits and try doctrines (see 1 John 4:1). Christians are not to be babes tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.

Jesus has given us a number of tools with which to test teachers, prophets and doctrines.

Fruits (Matt 7:16): The fruit of a person's life is his Character. The fruit of a ministry is the character of its followers. If a minister's life does not manifest righteousness, such a minister should be avoided. If a ministry has failed to raise true disciples of Christ, it is an indication that something is terribly wrong.

Go into today knowing that Jesus is pleased when you don’t just swallow every new doctrine that comes along, but rigorously try and test them with His word.

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YBP: Song of Solomon 3-4
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