Verse of the day.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Apostle John’s words give light to the fact that we have an indwelling Holy Spirit given to us at new birth. The Holy Spirit was given to us to instruct us and guide us into all truth, not some. He was given to unveil to us the kingdom of the Father, and to remind us of all that Christ said and has done for us.
Now, we know that this Spirit is not just for the leaders or matured ones in the body of Christ, but for every believer – babes or mature – as we also have the Word of God who is Christ, the Truth. It reveals the reality of who we are in Christ. Therefore, every believer has the ability to discern the authenticity of everything that is being taught.
How do we test (prove, try, examine) all spirits? A look at the Christians in Berea will surely help.
Paul and Silas were popular pioneers of the Christian faith. Yet, we see the Berean Christians return home each day to examine the genuineness of all that they heard the apostle teach. Like these ones, we are charged today with listening to the word that is being taught, honoring it and confirming its truth before accepting and living by it. We all have the individual responsibility of ensuring that the word spoken is based on the truth in scripture.
This is the simple test and inference that should be obtained; if the teaching or prophecy is not affirmed by the word of God, then it’s not the Spirit of God. A mango tree cannot produce pineapple fruits. The word of God always exalts Christ and reveals the realities of His kingdom to believers. Any ‘word’ that does not eventually lead to Christ is not of the Spirit of God.
Do not build your faith based on a religion founded on men’s traditions and presumptions.
Remember, a true minister is not defined by appearance, but by the authenticity of his teachings as proven by the written word of God. Beware of false teachers.
References: 1 Peter 3:24; John 14:26, 16:13; Matthew 24:5,24;
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Father, thank you for your Word and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In all things, I make the word of God my reality. It is my rod and my staff. By it, I prove all spirits to know if they be of or against You.
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