Truth in our Every Day Practice and Teaching
The reason why Jesus Christ sent His disciples throughout the world was to teach others about God. Today, the disciples teachings have a profound effect on those who endeavor to truthfully live by God’s principles and commands. 1 Timothy 4:13-16 says, ”Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
1 Kings 22, tells a story where God’s people divided themselves into the nations of Israel and Judah. The kings of these two nations decided to unite and start a war with Syria. They also agreed to ask for the Lord’s blessing of victory before heading into battle King Ahab of Israel gathered 400 prophets to speak with God on their behalf. All the prophets replied, “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” (1 Kings 22:6) Even though all the prophets had replied favorably to King Ahab, King Jehosaphat of Judah was not convinced and inquired of the prophet Micaiah. The kings men tried to coerce Micaiah into agreeing with all the other prophets, but he replied, “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” (1 Kings 22:14)
Micaiah taught and preached the word of God correctly. He did not add his own opinions to the word of God, or change it to suit others’ beliefs. To achieve this, Micaiah must have meditated on God with his entire being. Many believe meditation is when a person just empties their mind. However, meditation requires a clear mind so that a person can then focus on a single priority. For God’s children, He should be our one and only priority. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” When God and His teachings fill our hearts of our hearts, then nothing else can spread.
Therefore, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)