As I drove home from the grocery store last year I turned down a back road in our small community. It was 8:30 pm.
In our small town you just don’t speed. If it says speed limit 25 MPH, they mean it and I knew it.
Anastasia Drive is several blocks long, thus going 25 can be difficult to maintain; however, set the cruise control and no problem. Coming to the end of the road, I waited at the stop sign for a few cars to go by and turned.
Yeah, now I could go 35 MPH. I traveled 3+ blocks.
Then…the flashing lights appeared in my rearview mirror.
I couldn’t imagine what I had done. Did I speed? No. Did I stop completely at the sign? Yes. Hmm…I left my hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 o’clock position. (I watch too many cop shows.)
Minutes went by…I waited and waited. “What in the world?” I thought. “What is taking him so long?” I peered into the rearview mirror but all I could see was the bright lights from his car.
When I saw three officers at my window my throat immediately became dry and my pulse skyrocketed. With flashlights pointed at my face I discovered he had been waiting for back-up.
“Where have you been? What have you been doing?”
As I explained the grocery run and showed the bags on the front seat they frowned. I was told that I had not been to the grocery store and I needed to tell them where I had been.
Pointing at the groceries did not convince the three officers. It was difficult to think clearly, but thankfully I remembered the receipt. After asking for permission to locate it, I pointed out the timestamp.
More waiting. The officers had stepped away from my window, apparently to examine my grocery receipt.
“Miss,” the young officer said as he passed me my license and papers. “We’re so very sorry for the inconvenience. There was a car with the same description that was just involved in a crime and was seen in the area.”
They apologized profusely and provided me with their business cards as they quickly departed on the lookout for the real criminal.
The officers were convinced they knew who I was and it was not until they investigated did they discover the truth.
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 1 John 4:1 (NLT)
False teachers can be difficult to identify. Many times they appear to know Christ, their teachings have a ring of truth, they may even have impressive credentials,
BUT…it is our responsibility to investigate. Is what they are teaching Biblically sound? Unless we open our Bible, examine the Word for ourselves, we risk being led astray.
Don’t just take their word for it. READ! STUDY! Dissect the lesson. Find out for yourself what God’s Word says.
Be a proactive Christian and know the truth.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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