When we repent and are baptized, we receive the Holy Spirit to guide us, but “Do Not Believe Every Spirit.” Even when it seems the Spirit is talking to us, we are warned “Test the Spirits.” I learned from experience, the minister is just a person and will not always get it right. I always took to heart Acts 17:11 (ESV), “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” It is important for me to examine the Scriptures to see if what I am being told by others is so. Even in my own studies, I know it is important to prayerfully check multiple scriptures to try and assess if what I am learning is so.
When we are babes in Christ, this can be overwhelming and difficult. We must remember God will give us what we are able handle and guide us to the truth. It will be a life time of learning. Come join us as we learn to “Test the Spirits.”
To follow the Holy Spirit from God, we need to be able to recognize the “voice” speaking to us as we make our daily, moment by moment choices. We cannot take for granted that any urge we might have or any teaching we might hear actually is God's leading. ... more
What is the reason John warns Christians to “test the spirits?”...more
Many wild creatures have the ability to be camouflaged from predators or from the prey they hunt. We are warned the same is true of false apostles of Christ....more
As Christians we do hear often the words from the Bible about believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Son of God and the Son of Man, but Jesus also gave us another warning: “Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it” (Matthew 24:23 ESV)....more
“...Jesus is never simply Eastern or Western, though, but the Savior of the whole world. Children hover around him, yet teachers of the law are spellbound in his presence.” ...more
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 ESV
Volume 19 Issue 07
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