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“I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false” (Revelation 2:2)

How many in our day tolerate anyone saying anything because they have the right credentials?  Too few seem to test to see whether the claims made are true according to the Word of the Lord.  Be discerning and do not follow evil men.  Love them, but do not tolerate them being your leaders as far as you are concerned.  Seek to be consistent with all the Lord has given you, knowing that the Head of His church is Jesus Christ.

Lord, it can seem so confusing at times.  People have the right papers, but not the right position.  Guide me to be discerning so that I see things as they are.  Help me hear one who speaks the truth regardless of whether they have credentials.  Help me to test the one who makes claims, but then submit when I find out the claims are from You and true.  Lead me to learn how both to lead and to follow.

Lord Jesus, You are the Master.  Guide me in the way of life that is right and fitting, seeking to do all that You command.  Let me not chase after anyone who comes along but hold fast to the truth You have revealed once for all.  Guide me, Lord, in the way I need to live.  Help me to be faithful to You and to honor those whom You send.  Through all things, grant me the assurance that Your promises are true so that I may hold fast to the hope You give me.  Amen.