Testing the Spirits
Have you ever heard a word from God or received a prophetic word from an individual and it Not come to pass? you are left discouraged, upset, and lost in a pit of confusion.
I have been there before and I am here to ask you; are you sure that word was from God?
This is a very important lesson so pay attention. Every voice you hear even if it may seem like it’s from God may not be form God; sometimes it is the Father of all lies sent to confuse and discourage you.
For this reason we are to test the spirits. You may be asking yourself “what does that mean?”
“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.”
The reason for the admonition to “test the spirits” or “test all things” is that there are
“Many false prophets” or “wolves in sheep’s clothing” that try to lead Christians astray. Sadly,
there are many people who claim to speak for God who are presenting a false gospel that is powerless to save.
Jesus warned in Mt.7:15-16, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits…”
You must pray for spiritual discernment before accepting any indoctrination. Another way to test the spirits is to get into scripture for confirmation. God will not tell you to do something that dos not align with his word. This is imperative. Get a bible that you can understand. People will discredit the Christian Faith by stating the fact that the bible has many translations, well this is true and I’ll be the first to say thank the heavens that they do!
For they all deliver the same message and share the same fundamental beliefs the language may be different but the scriptures say essentially the same thing. You wont be able to find scriptures that contradict one another from one translation to the next. The fact remains that people learn in different capacities and therefore need different methods of which to get their message. I personally relate better to the New International Version. I can understand what is being said and I can apply it to my life in a better way. After all, we all don’t learn the same exact fashion do we?
Every voice that you hear in your head is not always God so you have to be able to discern what is God, what is your inner voice, and what is coming from the author of confusion, Satan. In the bible, the devil disguised himself as an angel of light. This is how some false prophets are able to operate. I for one have been deceived by this voice before. Now that I know how to test the spirits this will never happen to me again.
There are ways that you can discern what voice you are hearing.
If it is God what he is saying will be confirmed. God does not want you to be confused he has sent us the spirit of a sound mind therefore he will send confirmation after confirmation either through people to confirm what he is trying to tell you.
Another way that you will know if it is the father is by speaking to him on a daily basis. The more you develop a relationship with the father, the better your ability to recognize his voice. When your mother, your sister or your best friend calls your phone, no matter if they call from a new or private number, immediately you recognize the tone and inflections of their voice and can identify them. The same goes for our heavenly father. Though his voice may not even be an audible one, I have heard some describe it as a whisper, for me it’s more like an impression of the word followed by the vision of the actual word in my head if that makes sense. The point is I know his voice.
Recently I asked a friend how does she test the spirits and she had an awesome response. Whenever she hears a word from God, she immediately asks that voice in her head “Did Jesus Christ Come in the flesh?” If the answer is “Yes” then she knows that it is God.
I now use that as a way to Test the spirits in a way. I know that the devils biggest attack on our life is to make us believe that Christ does not exist and wants to discredit him at every chance he gets therefore he will not give credit where credit is due.
Most importantly God sends us a helper, the Holy Spirit to confirm things. When I am speaking a word from God or hearing a word from God I will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit all over me. You may ask “What is the Holy Spirit?” Again to different people it can be different things, for me its goosebumps all over my body or tears of joy, sometimes its uncontrollable urge to shout out to God, or trembling and the energy to run across the room or dance. In all things honor and acknowledge him and he will counsel you.
Somebody ought to give him thanks