John 7:40–43 (NIV84) On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee? 42 Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David’s family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.

A. When people don’t know you, they often base their judgments on their ignorance rather than on factual information.

B. Some doubters will give you credentials that you don’t have, others will question whether you have credentials at all

C. You cannot allow ignorant people to impact your decisions and actions

D. Sometimes, the lies of your doubters are based on the fact that they don’t know enough about you to tell the truth

E. Haters speak from their hate, while doubters speak from their ignorance

F. The only person an ignorant person can persuade, is another ignorant person

G. Disregard the views of people who are uninformed about your life.

H. Don’t chase the ignorance of your doubters because ignorance never ends

I. You are not required by God to persuade your doubters about who you are or what you can do

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Dr. Bryant Bell