Bible and Theology
Filtering Messages
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Feb 8, 2018

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When Daniel was being trained in the Babylonian palace, he was fed lies about spirituality and the meaning of life. Just as we face lies every day from our society, Daniel was being indoctrinated into the pagan culture in which he was held captive. Yet Daniel held on tightly to God's Truth. God's Word permeated every ounce of Daniel's being, and he refused to let that go. And because God was the center of Daniel's identity, he did not lose focus.

We must take every message we hear and filter it through God's Word.

Like Daniel, we must take every message we hear and filter it through God's Word. No matter how appealing a message may sound or how often we hear it, if it does not bring glory to God, we cannot let it in. We must discern the difference between man's "truth" and God's Truth. We must recognize what will provide only temporary happiness and what will bring eternal joy.

If we fail to hold on to God's teachings, we will become vulnerable to worldly messages and lose our effectiveness for Christ. Make a commitment to understand thoroughly what you believe—and why. Spend time in God's Word and learn who you are as a child of God. Standing up for your beliefs will help you become a powerful tool for God.

Prayer: God, help me spend more time in Your Word so that I will be confident in my beliefs and able to easily filter any message through Your Word. Give me the discernment to recognize the difference between man's "truth" and Your Truth. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ" (Philippians 1:9-10).