Topic: Know What You Believe
Scripture: Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word. – 1 Kings 18:21 (AMPC)
Message: Opinions are very interesting because we all have different ones. You are entitled to your opinion, but that does not mean you should always give it to others, especially when your opinion is not necessarily grounded in truth, but in what you believe or want to believe.
Most of the time people don’t want our opinions, and even if they do ask for it, they hope we agree with them. Wisdom knows when to keep quiet and when to talk. Although we should be wise about how freely we give our opinion, we should resist letting popular opinion become ours just because it is popular. Know what you believe and why you believe it!
Our youngest son, Dan, said one day to his father and me, “I don’t know if I believe what I believe because I believe it or because you believe it.” As a child growing up in a Christian home, it is easy to sort of be grafted into the faith. What Dan was going through was not only normal but healthy. I don’t want my children to merely have my faith; I want them to have their own.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I want to be aggressive with my faith and to have confidence that I truly know why I believe what I believe. Make me a student of Your Word and one who can show others the way, amen.
Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.