Friday, October 2, 2015
Try the Spirits!
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: Because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 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"
- 1 John 4:1-6 KJV.
Try the spirits! This means test the spirits, examine them, judge them, prove them. Believe not every spirit. Just because a spirit comes in the name of "God" or names the name of "Jesus" does not make them truly of the Spirit of God. Do not simply believe them. There are many false spirits roaming about. Many spirits of the antichrist, spirits that come in the name of Christ, under the guise of Christ. Spirits of the world that mind earthly things, and savour the things of men. Spirits that speak of the world, and the world heareth them. They mind not the Spirit of God, and care not for the things of the Lord. Spirits that will not, and indeed cannot, hear the Spirit of truth, nor the word of God, nor do they speak the word of life. They are spirits of error, preaching error, teaching error, and leading souls into error. Often with an admixture of some truth leavened with deadly error. Lying spirits, seducing spirits, that lead the souls of men into disinformation and destruction. Try the spirits!
Is the "Jesus" preached the true Jesus according to the Scriptures? Try their "Jesus"! These false spirits have "another Jesus". Is the gospel presented the gospel according to the word of God? These lying spirits have "another gospel", a soft man-centered gospel, a social gospel, a works gospel, a gospel laden with the doctrines, commandments, and traditions of men. These deceptive spirits have a gospel that is not centered firmly on the person and work of Christ Jesus the Lord, the Saviour of the world. Another gospel that does not call men to repentance, that does not reprove men of sin, that does not warn men of judgment, neither speaks of a literal place called hell, nor preaches Christ Jesus and Him come in the flesh, of Him crucified. Let no spirit deceive you.
Try the spirits, even examining your own selves, to see whether you are in the faith of the true Lord Jesus or in another faith of another spirit. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV - "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" A reprobate is someone disallowed or rejected, abandoned to sin, abandoned to error, someone lost in apostasy. This is where the spirit of error will lead...the road to apostasy. The Spirit of truth leads to the one and only Saviour!
"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."
- 1 John 4:14 KJV.
Any man or woman that does not believe or accept the testimony of Scripture, of the record God gave of His Son, is lost. Any man or woman that does not have the Son, the one and only Saviour, is lost and perishing this very hour. Any man or woman that does not have the Spirit of truth, any man or woman that is not born of the Spirit of God, is dead in their sins, and following the spirit of the world, the spirit of error, the spirit of the antichrist. Again, let no spirit deceive you. For the believer, we have the Spirit of truth as our teacher and guide unto all truth. The Spirit of the Lord is greater than the spirit that is in the world. If one is not following the Spirit of truth and being led by the Spirit of truth, they are being led away by the spirit of error. They are deceived.
Not every spirit will confess that Jesus has come in the flesh, that the Son was, and is, God manifest in the flesh, and not every spirit will confess Him in all truth and righteousness. Try the spirits! Try them by the word of God, not by your own feelings and opinions. Try the spirits according to the Scriptures, by the word of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 KJV - "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." Make a careful examination. Prove the spirits. Believe not every spirit. This calls for a sober mind, an alert and ready mind. Hold fast to that which is good, the word of God.
A mind distracted and drunken with the things of the world is a mind open to seducing doctrines of devils. False spirits call men and women to "open their minds", and go with the flow of modern culture and the modern world. In Christendom, this translates to go with the flow of modern Christianity. Modern Christianity is a false Christianity, led away by the spirit of error and apostasy. It is drunken in the grey area of compromise with the world, with the spirit or error, the spirit of antichrist. Modern Culture and Modern Christendom cannot hear the true word of God. They reject the Spirit of truth, they reject His reproof, His correction, and His gracious and loving call to repentance. They repudiate the command of the Lord to come out and be ye separate. Many are given to ERROR.
"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." - Ephesians 5:14 KJV.
It is high time to awaken out of sleep. There are many false spirits in the world. An antichrist spirit is rising this very hour. Precious souls are on the line. Those led by the Spirit of truth have overcome the spirit of error. They know the truth, and have the sure word of the Lord. Those led by the spirit of error are overcome by delusion and deception, and are surely on their way to destruction. Which spirit are you listening to? What spirit is leading you? Awaken to the snare of the world. Flee the spirit of error.
Beloved, try the spirits.
September 29th, October 2nd 2015.