Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Test all spirits

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1 John 4:1 (NET) Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

When Lara was an unbeliever on campus, it was quite easy for her to identify false prophets from real servants of God. She knew them because they were the same men she saw patronizing certain red districts where her friends worked. Her best friend was the girlfriend of one of such prophets in town, and she also knew his friends who were prophets like him. Lara knew that those false prophets were liars and their main goal was to raise money, but she didn't care because they had some results to present and results were what she was after. So she was a parishioner in a church pastored by one of such prophets until she had an encounter with the Lord and got saved.

After she got saved, she found it difficult to continue to attend that church. But she did not know how dangerous it was for her to remain in that church until she read a book about the power of seduction and how evil spirits are transmitted in such places.

Our Lord Jesus warns us to steer clear of false Prophets(Matthew 7:15-20). He reveals to us that their fruits are what will ultimately give them away. The fruit of a man's life is his character; the fruit of a man's ministry is the quality of people produced by that ministry. If for example, all the followers of a prophet you know are only Christians by words, but not in character, steer clear of such a minister.

If a person claims to speak for God but does not acknowledge the authority of Christ Jesus by living visibly under it, he is a false prophet. A person who says "lord lord" to Jesus, but does not do His will is not living under His authority. The proof that you've truly confessed [to] the Lord Jesus is that you'll live under His authority.

Go into today knowing that false prophets are out there, and their assignment from hell is to devour the sheep of God. If a true believer exposes himself to false prophets for long, he would be impoverished and afflicted and may not know why.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me steer clear of false prophets and teachers. Help me fulfill my glorious destiny in you.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In 1 Year: Zephaniah (In Devotional Audio)
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