2 Timothy 4:2-5

Deception, half-truths, and “spin” are such an integral part of modern culture, that separating fact from fiction can be difficult. Whether we’re listening to advertising, political discussions, or the TV news, we are wise not to automatically believe everything we hear.

Sometimes inaccuracies are blatant; other times they are hard to detect, especially when the claims are coming from a popular or charismatic personality. Since Christians—like anyone else—could easily be misled, it is critical to develop a strong belief system based on God’s Word. We should let all information we receive pass through the grid of this “truth filter” so that error will not settle well in our soul.

Though dishonesty can be disconcerting, we shouldn’t be surprised to realize how extensive the practice is—or to find ourselves among its targets. 2 Peter 2:1-3 warned, “There will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies . . . In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money” (nlt).

But believers need not fear. Not only can we “program” our grid with the truth of scripture, but we are also indwelt by the Holy Spirit, whom John calls “the Spirit of Truth.” When we yield to His control, He will help us discern reality from falsehood.

What you believe shapes your character and decisions. Don’t allow anything to infiltrate your soul except what is pure and righteous. It is not enough to listen to a pastor or to read books about the Lord; build your foundation of truth by spending time in God’s Word—and in His presence—every day.