Not long ago and heard someone give a young lady a wonderful compliment… They said, “She is a very wise shopper! She knows quality when she sees it (AND she knows when someone is trying to deceive her). She is able to consistently get a good deal!” (Just gotta say, that sounds like my daughter Shari … and her mother Sharon!! “Like mother, like daughter” I guess … you should hear them “cross examine” a sales rep 😉)
I wish Christians were that “sagacious” (there’s your “word for the day”) in spiritual things! Thought of that as I read Apostle Paul’s warning in Romans 16.17-19 this morning…
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them! For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people…I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”
So here is the deal… Don’t believe all the “marketing” you hear about spiritual things (a smooth, slick presentation by a “big name personality” does not make something “true”). Program your mind and heart with God’s word and depend on the Holy Spirit to work within you to produce authentic spiritual maturity and the discernment (i.e. the Spirit prompted “check,” my mother would say) that you need so that you can recognize a “spiritual scam” and reject it when you see it – as well as recognize “the real deal” and embrace it!