Spirit of Truth: Spirit of Error
Daily Devotional for April 29th
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1 John 4:6-7
When we examine the current events happening across our world, we cannot ignore the root cause is much deeper than a difference or opinions or ideologies. It is obvious that ISIS is driven by a very toxic evil spirit. When we examine their vision for the world and the fact that their resolve is to destroy those who believe in Jesus Christ, we realize that there is a different spirit influencing them. 1 John and the book of Revelation clearly reveals to us that this is the spirit of Antichrist.
The child of God is very much in tune to the fact that our world is caught up in a spiritual Tug of War. The same is true in your own walk with the Lord. There are many spirits that have gone out into the world. They will pull you, seduce you and attempt to draw you away from the place you are; and that is from the will of God. Their ultimate goal is to cause you to depart from the faith. 1 Timothy 4:1. Earlier in this chapter, we are instructed to Try the spirits. A great concern today is we, as the people of God, have not tried the spirits of the world. Some churches have even accepted spirits that are not of God. In our quest to accept people without bias or prejudice, we have accepted the spirits that control them. God does not expect us to follow just anything that comes along. We must try the spirits.
There are only two types of spirits; the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The acid test for trying the spirits is found in this chapter. Are you trying the spirits? The Spirit of truth is honest and with love. Those who truly know God know this. There is also a spirit of error that does not love; it rather hates. It not only hates, but it hates without a reason or cause. If someone hates you but you’ve given them no reason, then it’s evidence that there is a spirit behind it. This spirit can take one many forms, but is still a spirit of error. It will also deny that Jesus is the Christ. If love is not our overwhelming force, then it is possible that we are being pulled into a false direction. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.