By the grace of God, Daniel Whyte III has preached the Praying Through the Bible series every Wednesday for 350 weeks in a row.
TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:19-24
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
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We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 349 messages in this series.
This is message #350 titled, Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks, Repeat, Part 15.
Joseph Exell said, “God’s Word is the measuring line of all moral truth. If we give up that ultimate appeal there is no resting place for the mind. This does not mean taking solitary verses which in the Bible as elsewhere may be made to prove anything you like. You must gather the general intention of the mind of God by study and prayer, dealing with the proportions of truth.”
From this passage, we are looking at several commands for believers in light of our theme of prayer. We have considered the importance of not quenching the Holy Spirit and the command to “despise not prophesyings.” Today, we look at verse 2 which reads, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” This command is uniquely tied to the previous verse’s admonishment to “despise not prophesyings.” Paul wants his readers to know that all prophesyings are not equal. Someone simply claiming to prophesy does not mean you should listen to them.
Regarding this passage, Warren Wiersbe said, “Of course, there are dangers in [the church’s receiving of the prophetic] ministry, because Satan (or the flesh) could seek to counterfeit a message from God, and thus lead the church astray. If the church restrained the speakers, they might be guilty of quenching the Spirit. If they believed all that was spoken, they might be obeying false spirits. The answer was to ‘prove all things.’ There must be a discerning of the spirits.”
The Greek word translated as “prove” means: “to test, examine, prove, or scrutinise; to recognise as genuine after examination.” Too often, people in the church accept everything that sounds like a prophecy without examination. We accept what someone says because they have a cluster of titles before their name or a bunch of letters after it. We believe someone’s words because of their smooth delivery and personal charm. However, the Bible tells us that we should never accept a teaching at face value. We should prove, test, or examine ALL THINGS. This command was necessary back then and it is necessary now. Today, we have so-called Christian teachers who openly deny such things as Jesus’ divinity, His physical resurrection, or the absolute correctness of Scripture. And they want us to take them seriously. But the Bible says, “prove all things: hold fast to that which is good.”
The command to “prove all things” is important for our prayer life because, when we pray, we are standing on the foundation of Scripture. We are standing on promises that tell us that God will hear and answer. We are hopefully standing on the firm ground of God’s will. However, if we are believing the promises of false teachers or depending on unbiblical theology, we are not praying correctly. If we are praying for something that some false prophet has told us is God’s will, then we will be frustrated in our prayers. When we pray, we must have a true, Biblical grasp of God’s revelation. We should hold up each of our requests to the light of Scripture that we may pray for God’s true will to be done in all circumstances.
Mary Bernstecher said:
God has given you His promise
That He hears and answers prayer.
He will heed your supplication
If you cast on Him your care.
He will not withhold one blessing,
He will give you what is best.
God will answer by His Spirit,
Every one who makes request.
He can hear the great petition,
And the smallest, over there.
Unto God pray without ceasing,
He will answer every prayer.
Take to God your plans and failures,
Any time and anywhere.
No one ever goes unanswered,
For He answers every prayer.
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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.