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I’m no poet. I know. But I’m going to share what poured out of me recently anyway.

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What Cries My Heart

My heart, it cries,
too often.

It cries
for her who does not know,
for her who doesn’t even check,
for her who Shares and Likes.

She embraces false teaching,
and helps error spread like gangrene.

Oh Sister, my sisters,
long time believers,
worship team members,
pillars of the church,
greeters and servers,
Sunday service goers,
newborns in Christ,

Please,
test everything.
Test it all,
and never stop.

Test your pastor,
and favorite teacher.

Test that speaker,
and recommended author.

Test that podcast,
that video,
that meme!

Test them all,
and never stop.

There’s many, so many
subtle lines of error.
And some, not so subtle.

Deceptions and twisting
distortions and falsehoods,
to draw you away.
Draw you away.
Do you even know?

Listen carefully.
We were warned
in the Great Book.

Not all speak truth;
therefore,
we must test all.

It’s a command,
not an option.

Test.
Examine all
by the Scriptures.
Are they right?
Is it true?

Test.
For you,
for your family,
for your sisters at church,
for your Facebook friends,
for the glory of God’s truth!

Be discerning.
Don’t go by your feelings.
Don’t trust them.
Our hearts are sick,
desperately sick
and deceitful more than anything.

If the message is about you,
wonderful, awesome you,
or about making you happier,
healthier,
wealthier,

It isn’t about Him.
Him.

If it’s about problem areas,
not sin
or fixing yourself,
not sin
or thinking positive,
not sin

It’s not the gospel.

If it’s about the creative
power of your words
to bring things into existence,
or a new word heard from God,

Stop.

Pick up the Word.
Let it richly dwell in you.

It has all you need.
His words. Not ours.
His Word. Not ours.

He creates. He is sovereign. He has spoken.

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God help us.

So cries my heart.

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness,
examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.”
(Acts 17:11)

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;”
(1 Thessalonians 5:21)

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God;
because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

(1 John 4:1)

Discernment Guide

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