1 Timothy 1:4
Apparently some people have been introducing fantasy stories and fanciful family trees that digress into silliness instead of pulling the people back into the center, deepening faith and obedience. (Mirror Bible)
Are you star struck?
Do you adhere to confusing information as truth because the Christian community respects the person presenting it? Maybe the presenter is not the validated one, it’s his or her father, mother, uncle, etc. The key word here is “confusing”. If you spend a considerable amount of time trying to make sense of the information, they give you; you can go to God and check yourself and the presenter. Don’t fall into the trap of accepting all you hear simply because of the speaker.
Acts 17:11-12 They found that the Jews of Berea were of more noble character and much more open minded than those of Thessalonica. They were hungry to learn and eagerly received the word. Every day they opened the scrolls of Scripture to search and examine them, to verify that what Paul taught them was true. 12 A large number of Jews became believers in Jesus, along with quite a few influential[a] Greek women and men. (The Passion Translation)
The purpose of instruction is to fill all believers with love, coming from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. God is not the author of confusion. It does not matter if the person is the great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandchild of the Apostle Paul himself. You have the same access to the Father Paul had and any other believer has. The Holy Spirit is your guide and instructor. Ask the Lord, in prayer, and you will receive revelation, get clarity and grow.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for the powerful men and women in the body of Christ. You have shown me who they are and continue to show me. Those men and women have to seek You, have to listen to You, and have to submit themselves for You to guide and direct them, just like I do. Even though I see them as stronger than I am in the faith, they can have an idea I don’t agree with. I can have an idea they may not agree with. I can also have an idea they may not have had. I don’t have to blindly accept them, nor do I have to turn aside what I believe You have spoken to me, I can stand on it. I can come to You and I can hear the Holy Spirit speak to me. I will hear anyone’s concerns and allow You to correct me when I’m wrong. I pray now, for the strength I need to stand, even if I stand by myself, until we all come into the knowledge of the truth. Father, my genuine desire is to be a blessing to all people. Not because of me, but because of the revelations You give me for such a time as this…