One thing that has become key in my walk lately is to figure out if what I am being told by TV preachers, online preachers (and online Christian accounts), my church preachers, is the truth? Are they carrying over God's word as it is or tainting it ever so slightly with their experiences, or their own interpretations?
It has become a real issue for me when someone says something or quotes a scripture or statement. I no longer take what is said or posted at face value.
This is my motivation! Getting the scriptures right and understanding them as God intended for us to do! Hearing/reading things, and being like the Bereans and checking it out against the scriptures. Learning what it is God is saying for myself and not just foolishly be led by the nose because people say they are Christians, or have studied the bible in depth, etc. And in this way I will learn, I will grow in the word and in Christ, and I will be able to share that with others and encourage them to do the same. I will start having discernment where before I only had blind faith in people!Acts 17 vs 10 - 11: The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. (11) Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
And so, let us reflect, investigate, dig deeper, and examine the scriptures with eagerness, as the Bereans did!