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Test All Things

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1 (NKJV)

One of the things I find continually blessing me as a member of the staff at Wildwood Calvary Chapel in Yucaipa, is the many unique gifts God has graciously given to each of these servants for the benefit of the entire body.  Each person is uniquely different, and yet all of them have many things in common, such as their love for Jesus, and a heart to serve others.  What blesses me greatly is when I see each of their gifts being used in a selfless and humble way—one honoring to God, and reflective of how Jesus lived. 

This last week on Sunday we continued to go through 1 Corinthians 12:10, and we looked at yet another gift that God will give for the benefit of the entire church body—it is the gift of discerning spirits.  Now discerning of Spirits can be defined as supernatural insight in the realm of the spirit.  It is the ability to tell the difference of the things of the Holy Spirit, and those that are not (cf. Acts 8:18-23; 16:16-18). 

This is an important gift for us to have as followers of Jesus Christ, because we are told Satan appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and he and his emissaries will do everything they can to distort the truth of God’s word, and attempt to deceive as many as possible within the church.  Jude wrote to warn believers about these lying spirits when he spoke about the ungodly men who had crept into the church unnoticed, and who turned the grace of God into lewdness, and they denied Jesus Christ (Jude 4).   And Peter also warned how Satan would attempt to infiltrate the church with false prophets, and teachers whom by the way of truth would be blasphemed (2 Peter 2:1-2).

Thankfully, God has not left us alone as orphans, but has instead given us the Spirit of truth to dwell with us, and to live inside us (John 14:16-17)—He will teach us teach us God’s truth, and will remind us of the things Jesus has taught us (John 14:26).  Since we now know not every spirit is of God (1 John 4:1), our responsibility is to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) so we can test all things and cling to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).  

I want to encourage you to prayerfully meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 4:1, why is it important for us to test all things, and to rightly divide the truth, when it comes to God’s word being prophesied (taught) to us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking the Lord for His discernment?

APPLICATION: Let’s always seek the Lord for discernment and let’s be sure to open our Bible and study so we will know His truth.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us Your word of truth.  Help us to know it, understand it, and to use it to combat the lies of the evil one.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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