1 John 4:1-6 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and is already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world, and therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are of God, and whoever knows God listens to us. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
This passage of scripture is a warning to Christians. BE ALERT! BE SOBER MINDED AND BE VIGILENT! The days in which we now live are evil. The enemy seeks whom He may devour.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but to seal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.
We are called to test (discern) the messages that many are proclaiming to be the Gospel of Christ.
The reason we are being commanded to “test the spirits” or “test all things” is that there are “many false prophets” or “wolves in sheep’s clothing” that is trying to lead Christians astray.
In other words, "CHECK THE BOOK!" For God's truth is only found in His Bible.
Study the Word of God and pray for the revealing of the holy spirit, the truth of what we have read in God's Word.
2 Timothy 2:15-Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Sadly, there are many people who claim to speak for God that are presenting a false gospel that is powerless to save.
This type of false teaching is leading and has lead many to a false hope of salvation and when the truth is read to them and heard by them, there is resistant to that truth from God's Word because they have been lead to believe that the false doctrine in which they have heard and read is truth.
Believe it or not but spiritual warfare is real and it is everywhere.
We are unable to fight this war with physical weapons. This war has to be fought with the Word of God and prayer.
The battle is for our mind! Therefore, we must do as commanded in 2 Corinthians 10:5- casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
In other words, whatever you are being taught or hearing that does not line up with the scriptures of God's bible, must be rejected.
Examine what you hear and read. Put it up against what the bible says. If it does not line up with scripture, it is not from God, regardless of how good it may sound or how good it may make you feel.
The "Gospel" is the Word of God and it will and have stood the test of all times.
The "Bible" is the only Book that does not change. It is God's infallible Word and every Word of it spoken by God WILL come to pass.
Jesus declares these words in Matthew 24:35-Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
How can we know if someone is being led by the Holy Spirit or by some other spirit? How do we know if what we are hearing or reading is from the Holy Spirit of a false prophet? How are we able to discern what is truth and what is not?
John gives us the answer in vs#2-This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.
We may not be able to see the Holy Spirit working with visible eyes, but the results or evidence of His work in our lives are visible.
How can we know if someone is being lead by the antichrist?
John give us our answer in vs#3-the spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and is already in the world.
Trust the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in these evil days in which we live. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, our Teacher and our Guide. He will lead us into all truth and righteousness.
A true work of the Holy Spirit does not exhalt the person delivering the message, but it exhalts and reveals JESUS CHRIST with full and accurate understanding of His Gospel.
How do we know the Spirit of Truth from the Spirit of error? The Spirit of truth runs to the Scripture in God's bible.
People of God, WAKE UP!! Open your spiritual eyes!!! According to this text, the spirit of error or the antichrist has already come into the world.
Deception, false teaching, persecution and the spirit of divisiveness is running rampant in the world today.
The time to pursue and live out God's truth is now!!!
When life on this side is over all that will matter is what God said in His Word while we yet lived and rather or not we obeyed it.
If there ever was a time to use discernment from the Holy Spirit and seek the truth through God's Word, the time is now!
THE PLEA, THE URGENCY TODAY IS TO "EXAMINE TRUTH" BY THE WORD OF GOD for nothing else will be of benefit to us in the end.
Follow the discerning Holy Spirit of God and you won't be deceiving into believing a lie as truth.
GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN YOU THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD!