The people in Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica. They were so glad to hear the message Paul told them. They studied the Scriptures every day to make sure that what they heard was really true.
Acts 17:11 (ERV)
Sometimes you receive a word from God that fills your heart and feeds your spirit. You walk away feeling gleeful and confident in your ability to take that teaching and apply it to your life.
But do you confirm what the preacher, prophet, or well-intended Newsletter Author tells you? Are you studying the scripture on your own?
It’s crucial that we hear and read God’s word and get contextual feedback from those who provide such insight. However, you’d be wise to be like the people in Berea. You should also study the Bible to make sure what you heard was really true.
If someone offers a word or message from God, make sure you can find that message’s Biblical confirmation.
This doesn’t mean you’ll find a verse that tells you word for word what the person said, but the principle and truth in their message should be readily available in the Bible. Otherwise, it didn’t come from God.
No shade, no hard feelings, and no disrespect intended, but if someone tells you something, but the sentiment/spirit of that message isn’t present in God’s word, then it’s not from Him; it’s from the them.
The Bible, Simplified