Philippians 3:7-8 (NET) Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

This was the third time in a single night with each instance more intense than the last. Ini didn’t quite understand fully what the Lord wanted her to do, but one thing she was convinced about was that she needed to speak to Itohan, that much she could discern from the dreams she had had. She knew about the painful breakup that Itohan had just experienced and so she decided that if nothing else, she could offer her some comfort and encouragement.

Ini’s conversation with Itohan was going smoothly as she did her best to reassure Itohan of God’s love for her, and His unshakable desire to settle her in His divine plan and will. She was impressed with how Itohan was handling herself in the light of the pain she must be experiencing, that was until she caught on to something Itohan said:

Itohan: I thank God. The realization that I needed to always put myself first and that self-love is more important than what anybody can offer me really helped me deal with this.

Ini: Wait, what? Wait a minute, Itohan, what do you mean by “self-love” and “putting yourself first”? More importantly, where are you getting these ideas from?

Itohan: What does it matter where I got the ideas from? I mean, you can’t argue against the fact of how helpful it has been. Or are you saying that it is wrong to put one’s interest first?

Ini: That it is ‘helpful’ at the moment is beside the point. We must live our lives with principles that correspond with truth and if, for example, the father of all lies gives you life tips, we must jettison it regardless of how ‘helpful’ it might appear to be.

Many believers go about their lives living on the philosophical framework of the world just because those philosophies and worldviews sound like ‘Christianese’. There are indeed many voices in the world and all have meaning (See 1 Corinthians 14:10), however, the believer must, through discernment, tune the frequency of his hearing to the voice of the Master and Chief Shepherd of the flock who is Himself Truth.

Your life and living must take bearing from God’s word; for God’s word, rightly understood and applied, brings honor, fulfillment, and lasting joy.

Go into today armed with the lamp of God’s word to guide you through the dark paths of life.

—Ikechukwu Mpama
Yearly Bible Reading: Genesis 44-47 (In Devotional Audio)
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