Truth or Consequences

ACK!!!!

(That is me screaming!)

Well, not literally.

I have taken a job that requires me to go back to “school”! I am taking an online medical coding course.

It is so tedious and very fast paced.

This is actually my break from studying (on Labor Day—catch the irony!?)!!

I am an RN, moving into a new role and I need to understand medical coding to facilitate improved clinical documentation of the hospital records. Believe me, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Actually it is a little like being a detective and I like that.

I must look at the totality of what the physician has written in the medical record, one cannot just take one phrase or word and run with it…sound familiar?

We must look at the totality of what The Great Physician has written in the Word. When we read God’s Word we cannot just take a verse or two…or even a chapter or two at face value without looking at the Bible as a whole.

That is where one has to be very careful when listening to a preacher, teacher, or reading a post by a blogger.

We need to investigate what is said. Be watchful for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. False teachers can point people in the wrong direction. They can plant confusion and doubt.

Paul in his letter to the Galatians spoke of false teachers. In chapter 5 he asks them who is influencing them…who has distracted them from the truth. He reminds them that it only takes a little yeast to spread through a batch of dough and have a significant influence. Here the yeast is having a negative effect.

Jesus also used a similar illustration to describe The Kingdom of Heaven where yeast has a positive effect: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” Matthew 13:33 (NLT)

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A leader can slowly influence others in a negative or positive manner. TEST what they say. Does it measure up to what the Bible says?

Don’t become distracted, like a runner not paying attention to the road ahead…one pebble could trip him up…a stumble and possibly a FALL.

Keep alert!

Be discerning.

When we went to Italy, our first meal was in a restaurant where no one spoke English. The server got out his iPad to communicate through pictures and using Google Translator. “Calamari!” he said. My husband loves calamari…”YES!” he was happy to order it.

What arrived was a dish of black noodles…with what was apparently the ink from a squid! It was disgusting!

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Getting a the whole story about the dish would have made a big difference.

And so it is with the Gospel…obtain the complete truth, the whole story. Don’t just take someone’s word for it…ferret it out yourself…search for the truth.

When we were in Italy we were following our friends in the car ahead of us.

We depended on the GPS and did not have an actual paper map; however, the car in front of us had several maps and a GPS.

YET…U-turns became the activity of the day!

The video below depicts our daily agenda!

Conflicting information resulted in confusion and misdirection.

I hope you find this video as comical as I do.

This is exactly what can happen in our Christian walk. Receiving mixed messages and following someone without questions…you too can end up unsure of where you are and what to do next.

Blessings, Susan

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Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.

She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.

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