Saturday, July 30, 2016
A Weekend Of Discarding Assumptions
It matches the image in my head of what a grasshopper looks like: the long, thin body, bent up legs and beady eyes.
But it's not. It's a katy did, not a grasshopper. It's about the size of the nail on my pinky finger - too small for a grasshopper - and its antenna are three times longer than its body, another katy did trait.
The image I already had in my mind gave me confidence that I knew what this adorable little bug was. My preconceived notion became an assumption, and that became truth in my mind - until I was faced with the truth.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come int he flesh is not of GodL and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now is already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3
Make this a weekend of discarding your assumptions. Don't assume that everything you feel, hear or see is from God, as this is incredibly short-sighted. John warned believers to hold up everything they believe against the measuring stick of the Lord's standards so that they wouldn't be deceived.
If our feeble minds can make wrong assumptions about a silly little bug, what will we do when important issues come before us? Will we rely on our own knowledge and understanding, or will we check Scripture and pray that God will enlighten our darkness? One of these choices relies entirely on self while the other puts our trust in God's truth.