“Test everything. Hold onto the good” (1 Thessalonians 5.21 NIV).
People like to share what they are learning, especially in their walk of faith. We are growing each day in the Lord, and with every struggle to understand comes a greater wisdom imparted on us by God. Many times we hear the insights that people share and we agree with them. We can tell that God has truly revealed a powerful truth to them, and we immediately want to claim that truth for ourselves. However, when we try to share that truth only days later without really meditating on it, we are unable to articulate the revelation. We haven’t fully made that truth our own, and we either water down or thwart the revelation with our words. Paul says to test everything. This doesn’t mean we have to disagree with everything people say. It simply means that we need to make the revelations personal to us by really studying what has been shared. We must ask the Lord to reveal the truth to us in a personal way, so we can better stewards of it. The Holy Spirit will allow that revelation to move from our minds into our hearts, and we will be able to explain what we learned with the authority of His power.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16.13 ESV).