Today’s Scripture: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11

Years ago, when I worked as a groundskeeper for our church, we had an old diesel-fuel tractor. One of the young men that worked for me came up and said the tractor was not running.

I asked him, “Why? What happened?”

He replied, “I don’t know, the fuel was low, so I filled it up, and then it stopped working.”

I said,  “Show me the fuel you put in.” Sure enough, he put gasoline in the diesel engine.

What happens when you put gasoline in a diesel engine? It is not going to help the engine; in fact, it will hurt the engine really bad.

As Christians, we also need to be sure that we put the right “fuel” in our lives. We do that by learning the Word of God. We need to be sure that the doctrines we are applying to our lives line up with God’s Word. If we adhere to teachings contrary to what God says, then we are putting the wrong “fuel” into our lives.

When we believe false doctrines, we are being filled with “fuel” that will harm us. Whether these doctrines are about salvation, prosperity, or gifts of the Spirit, a false doctrine always hurts those who believe it. That is why the Bible tells us not to believe everything we hear that is called “Christian,” but to “prove all things.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

We need to search the Scriptures the same way those in Berea searched. They became convinced that Paul was not teaching false doctrine because they studied Scripture. When we know God’s Word, we are equipped to recognize false doctrine when it comes. Then we won’t accidently put the wrong “fuel” in our lives.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.