What’s Your Final Authority? - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - April 9, 2021

Apr 09, 2021

rick warrens daily hope new banner may 2022

What’s Your Final Authority?
By Rick Warren

“The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is.” Jeremiah 17:9 (GW)

One fundamental question in life stands above all others. 

What will have the final authority in your life?

Will it be your parents? Or your peers? Maybe your friends or your career? Perhaps the books you read? The people you follow on social media? What about the movies or shows you watch, or the songs you listen to?

All of these sources will shape your values if you let them—and your values ultimately determine what has final authority in your life.

So, what will it be for you? God allows you to decide. He’s given you free will. 

Most of your authority options fall into these three categories:

Your opinions: You can depend on your gut to tell you what to do. But there’s a problem with that. Studies show your perceptions are more likely to be wrong than right. In fact, sometimes you even lie to yourself. The Bible says, “The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is” (Jeremiah 17:9 GW).

The world: You can depend on what other people think to determine your values. However, people often value the wrong things. For instance, the world emphasizes beauty over character, tells you to pursue whatever feels good, and declares that whoever has the most possessions wins. You’re bombarded with these worldly values through all sorts of media—so much so that it’s easy to start thinking God put you on this planet to look good, feel good, and get stuff. But that couldn’t be further from the truth!

God’s Word: God’s Word is objective and truthful—unlike your own perceptions or the world’s opinions. God’s Word says, “If you continue in My word . . . you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32 NASB).

The choice is clear. There’s only one authority that’s always reliable and will never lead you astray. Decide today to allow God’s Word to shape your values. Give it the final authority in your life. 

PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick

For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit pastorrick.com!


Gods Big Plans for Me rick warren daily hope 2023 devo offer

Point Little Lives to God’s Big Plans for Them!

Help the children in your life understand God’s Word and discover his incredible plans for their life with Pastor Rick’s God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible.

This 223-page hardcover book includes 40 beloved Bible stories to help kids get excited about God’s love, truth, and purpose for his children. A great gift for your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or even the kids in your neighborhood, each Bible story includes . . .

• An introduction just for kids from Pastor Rick
• A closing thought to help kids apply what they learn
• Beautifully illustrated pages kids will love

God’s Big Plans for Me comes as our special thanks for your gift today to help reach more people around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. And if you’re able to make your gift monthly, we’ll also send you an exclusive Partner in Hope welcome gift!

Thank you for your generosity today. And we pray you’re empowered to introduce the little ones in your life to God’s BIG, wonderful plans for them!

*The USA IRS code permits you to deduct the amount of your financial gift to Daily Hope that exceeds the fair market value of materials you received from Daily Hope.

This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

You can listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.

SHARE

Christianity / Devotionals / Daily Hope with Rick Warren / What’s Your Final Authority? - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - April 9, 2021