Try the Spirits
Daily Devotional for March 12th
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
We have a natural response when we get saved to accept people without judgment. This acceptance is genuine and is mostly based upon our hearts being changed to love everyone regardless of the circumstance. We would feel as though we were being respecter of persons if we did any less. Not only is it a response from our hearts, it is also a command from Jesus.
Because of this, there is a tendency to accept a person’s opinions, values and ideologies. John the beloved instructed us in some very deep wisdom regarding what we should be aware of. Just because we are commanded to love doesn’t mean we are to give in to the teachings of any person. When you hear a preacher, do you accept his words as truth without testing his doctrine? John said many false prophets are gone out into the world. Their intention is to draw you away from God and the truth. Once you’re drawn away, it’s only a matter of time before your victory is gone.
John says do not believe every spirit. There is an “acid test” to determine whether the spirit of a preacher, prophet or spiritual leader is of God. Any spirit that does not confess that Jesus is the Christ and is come in the flesh is not of God. 1 John 4:3. Also, anyone who does not accept the word of God is not a spirit from God. 1 John 4:6. John goes on to say that God is love and everyone who truly knows God loves. These are among many tests that God has given us in order to keep us in the truth.
Many Christians are led off into false teachings simply because they do not try the spirits. This is a warning to all of us including those who’ve been saved for years. Any genuine spiritual leader will direct you to let the word of God be the final authority and not themselves. Examine your spiritual life today. Are you still enjoying fellowship with the Lord in the Spirit or are you distant? Is the Holy Spirit grieving due to certain spirits or spiritual truths you’ve allowed to influence you? If you’ll try the spirits, then you’ll never be led in the wrong direction.