We can access podcasts, sermons and books from all over the world, which is great, but it's also a bit dangerous. In Matthew 7:15 Jesus said, Be careful of false prophets. They come to you and look gentle like sheep. But they are really dangerous like wolves. A prophet is someone who speaks the Word of God or a spokesperson for God. There are a lot of preachers, you tubers, podcasters, bloggers and authors who claim to be Christians but their teaching doesn't line up with the Word of God.
Verse 16 says, You will know these people because of what they do. Good things don’t come from people who are bad, just as grapes don’t come from thornbushes, and figs don’t come from thorny weeds. If what they preach and what they do doesn't add up, that's a big warning sign. If they get busted for drink driving or having an affair that's a big red light. Sometimes you will just get an uncomfortable 'gut' feeling when you hear someone preaching - that's either God convicting you of sin or the Holy Spirit warning you that this teaching is a bit iffy.
I'm not saying don't watch sermons and testimonies online, listen to podcasts or read Christian books, I'm just saying test what they're saying against the Word of God. If someone is preaching about prosperity and wealth, go and look up what the Bible has to say about it. Don't just mindlessly consume the message - do some research. It's not hard - you can use websites like Bible Gateway and Bible Hub to look up verses and commentaries. You should even test what you read here.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.