There are those who say “God said something” when God did not say it. We have all heard that saying “God helps those who help themselves.” But God did not say that.

How about “God will not give you more than you can handle”? Some even think they have a verse for that one – 1 Corinthians 10:13. However, that verse is talking about temptation, and God is promising to provide a way out of temptation. God does give us more than we can handle, so that we have to depend on Him.

There are those today who claim to speak for God, but their words do not line up with God’s Word. We need to examine what they say according to God’s Word.

If God said one thing in His Word and then gave a message to a preacher, author, or you as an individual that goes against His Word, it would make God a liar. I do not want to face God after using Him to promote a lie.

“This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God – who does not lie – promised them before the world began” (Titus 1:2)

The God of the Bible, who sent His Son into our world to die for our sins, promised eternal life to those who trust in Him. There is no other who will save you.

Be careful who you listen to, and don’t make up your own way of believing. God has spoken. We do not need to improve on His proclamation.

Christian author Lysa Terkeurst talked about times when she doubted God’s goodness. “I trusted Him to help me survive,” she said. “But to really bring something this dead alive? I was too tired and traumatized by what I could no longer see to hope beyond the obvious… What makes faith fall apart isn’t doubt. It’s being too certain of the wrong things.”

Being certain of the wrong things will keep you from the truth that will set you free. There have been times in my life that thinking the wrong things led me down a wrong road. What I thought was the truth was not. I had to turn around and go back to find what I was looking for.

Maybe you believe something that is not bringing you near to God. Maybe it’s time to ask, “Did God really say what I think is true?”

Your faith is only as good as its object. If you trust in a false god or a false statement, you may be sincere and your faith may be very strong, but it will not save you. You may believe that something you do or did will save you. Nothing but trust in Jesus can give you eternal life.

Jesus said that before He comes back, there will be many who say God said something but it won’t be from God. “And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:10-12)

I think we are living in those days. Those of us who truly believe in Christ need to hold to the truth of the Bible, no matter what.

Rev. Paul McKibben is pastor of Grace Community Church in Osage.