Test the Spirits
Dear friends, 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.1 John 4:1
Our thoughts are spiritual and they are guided by the Holy Spirit or guided from false spirits. False spirits can give us sinful thoughts and emotions; therefore, we must test every thought by the Holy Spirit and we must bring sinful thoughts to the obedience of Christ. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) It is important to test thoughts because Satan is the great deceiver posing as an angel of light.
We can recognize false teaching by knowing the Truth, God’s Word. Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. (Matthew 24:4) This is what Jesus told his apostles when they asked him about end times. We are in a time where Satan’s lies and deception are flooding the world. The world that does not know God’s truth cannot recognize false teaching, but we know God’s truth and we must tell the world.
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9 NASB) We are holy and we do not follow the ways of the world. Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. (1 John 2:15) We live in the world and we appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, but we don’t love the ways of the world because the world is guided by Satan while we are guided by God.
In the last days, Satan will deceive the whole world, targeting all people in the world especially those in position with power to influence the world such as Christians, governments and media. We have to know where to get the truth in this world because Satan’s lies are propagated throughout the world. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24) Satan’s lies are aimed at people that have power to influence many because we have a history of believing these people.
Today, be careful to test for the truth no matter who it comes from. In the church, we check to make sure the minister’s sermon is based on the truth of the Word. If we know a close friend or a relative living a life that goes against God’s Word, we show love to them but we never deviate from God’s truth to please anyone.
Prayer: Lord, guide me to test the spirits and to always know the Truth. Guide me to sources in this world for Truth so I can guide my prayers. Help me to know Satan’s lies so I can bring the Truth. In Jesus name, Amen