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What are some assumptions I should avoid? What should I not assume?

John 14:6Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Don’t just assume you will go to heaven. The Bible says the only way to heaven is by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Romans 5:8God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Matthew 6:30“And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”

1 Peter 5:7Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Don’t assume God doesn’t care, for evidence shows he clearly does.

Judges 6:13“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

Don’t assume God won’t help you or doesn’t want to help you, for he has already done so in more ways than you know, and he will continue to do so. And don’t assume you know better than God how to fix your problems.

Luke 8:35-36A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed.

Don’t assume people can’t change; God’s power can change anyone.

Exodus 18:14, 21-22When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone. . . . But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups. . . . They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you.”

Don’t assume that only you can do a certain job, for others might do better. We all can benefit from the help and advice of others.

Job 5:27; 38:4“We have studied life and found all this to be true. Listen to my counsel, and apply it to yourself. . . . Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

Don’t assume that you have all the answers, for you do not even understand all the questions. Only God knows everything.

John 6:5-7Turning to Philip, [Jesus] asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

Don’t assume your problems don’t have solutions, for God knows the solution before your problems arise.

1 Chronicles 19:2-3David said, “I am going to show loyalty to Hanun because his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent messengers. . . . But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the land so they can come in and conquer it!”

Don’t assume the worst in others; you may miss out when they want to give their best to you.

Joshua 22:11-16, 21-24The rest of Israel heard that the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had built an altar at Geliloth. . . . So the whole community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and prepared to go to war against them. First, however, they sent a delegation . . . to talk with the tribes. . . . When they arrived in the land of Gilead, they said . . . “The whole community of the Lord demands to know why you are betraying the God of Israel. . . . Then the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh answered . . . We have not built the altar in treacherous rebellion against the Lord. . . . The truth is . . .”

Don’t immediately assume that someone else is wrong; you may not have all the facts and it may be you who are wrong instead.

John 3:8“Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

Acts 10:34-35Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.”

Acts 16:27-30The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Don’t assume that someone won’t respond to the gospel. In God’s hands, the worst sinner can become the mightiest Christian leader.