Good afternoon! Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Today we are testing ourselves with God definition of every.
1 John 4v1 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.
When we walk through our life journey of seeking our Lord there will be proof of false prophets we will recognize because of the gift of discerning of the spirits we receive from God. (1 Corinthians 11v19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God's approval) These differences arise in our families, friends, churches and governments for a reason. We do not need to hide from them but to face them with the love He gives us for them so they can face the love of Christ and repent. We that have been given gifts through the Holy Spirit can lead them into knowing God's love for them so they can repent and change their direction of living so they may live now and forever in the presence of our Lord and Savior. We are accepting sin in our families, churches, and government by not testing the spirits with the gifts He has given us. We are given gifts for a reason, to be used for His purpose, and we are not using the gift of distinguishing between spirits. Most of us stop receiving all that He has for us because we do not want to put Him first or give up what we have created for ourselves. All gifts are given to God to be used for His purpose and He knows who to give them to because He knows how each person will use them, that is why it is written; just as he determines. Many will try to take us captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2) God gives us all we need for this life to be dependent on Him through the gift of the Holy Spirit. We have many gifts, we do not come to receive the gifts by our natural ability, they are gifts of God from God given to those that believe in Jesus Christ being our Lord and Savior. Jesus said we would recognize the false teachers and the false prophets by their fruit, meaning their dispositions and attitudes that respond to their life relationships and circumstances. The gift of distinguishing or discernment of the spirits can help cleanse your family, friends, government and churches. ( Ephesians 5v27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.) Are we truly willing for this gift of the Spirit to function ? This is a place we must reach with Him, where we are ready and willing for the gift of the Spirit to function in their fullness among us, so others can be changed through His power of love He has for all people. Most of us do not rise to this place with our Lord and allow His power to work in us for the goodness of Him to prosper through us. We would rather live in fear of losing a relationship or losing what we have gained by our own power, than stepping out in Faith in Him changing relationships and circumstances to a more whole healing supernatural level where we live without want! The discerning of the spirits is a gift that enables one to distinguish motives, emotions and attitudes. But more than this it gives the believer power to see what others do not see. We will recognize the ones that overcome those that are in the world, because the one that is in them is greater than the one who is in the world. The world around them will be changing into a Christ led kingdom, with the nine fruits of the Spirit manifesting in them, and His love will be made complete in them. There will be no fear. Those of us that have been given the gift to test the spirits are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. We do not believe every spirit is from God because we have been given His discernment to test the spirits, and if they do not love as we love we know God is not in them. God is love. (1 John 4v16 And so we know God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.) For this reason we are given the Holy Spirit and His gift of discernment so we can lead those that do not know His love to know Him in a more complete way! Read; 1 John 4 and Colossians 2) I love everyone with the love God gives me for you!