The gullible believe anything they are told: the prudent sift and weigh every word. (The message bible)
As believer we have an internal compass called the Holy Spirit. The bible says that, the anointing will teach us all things and will lead us into truth. Have you ever been listening to something or someone and something just didn’t seem right? Well that could very well be your internal compass getting you to go a little deeper with Jesus, with what your hearing. But sometimes it maybe a well-respected person with huge credibility you say? Well we are not to believe every word we hear as that would be gullible and foolish.
I know we have all done this especially as new Christian when you don’t know much about the Lord; you tend to believe everything we hear. Which is great to have that simple faith, God loves that but you will soon realizes that not all you hear was correct according to scripture and Gods standards.
You see, God knows the motives and intents of the heart and sometimes we at face value just don’t see our own motive, or others towards us. Our own heart can be deceptive the bible says. That’s why we have the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Some people mean well but they might have motives for your life that are just not the same as Gods motives for you. They do mean well and have your best interest in heart but we can’t rely on others input only for our lives. They don’t have your Holy Spirit inside them to compass you. By all means there is a place for people speaking into your life especially when it lines up with scripture. That’s pretty plain in what is right and wrong.
But we are called to sift and weight all that is being said to us. To sift means to put (a fine or loose substance) through a sieve so as to remove lumps or large particles or examine (something) thoroughly so as to isolate that, which is most important. So in other words it means to sort out what is right and wrong, to make a difference between them. Even well meaning Christians will get things wrong and the humble will admit that. Even Christian preachers have openly said that, one of their old messages they now disagree with. People are fallible but the word of God and the Holy Spirit lined up with the word are not fallible. The bible says rightly divide the word of truth, as deception will be rampant in these last days.
The prudent is someone who is acting with or showing care and thought for the future. God knows the plans He has for you and it for good, a hope and a future. You see God knows! So I conclude that the best thing to do in life is have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit and seek God through the Word and prayer for your life. If your at a cross road, it is ok to ask God to confirm what he is saying to you. There is wisdom with many counsellors to, so get a number of peoples advise, not just one or two people in your immediate circle. Outsiders often give good perspective to, perspective you don’t always see. And my favourite prayer is to ask Holy Spirit to keep me in truth and keep revealing truth to me so I don’t get deceive. I know my freedom and the freedom of others depends on me knowing the truth. Ps. his word is truth and it will set you free.