Spiritual Discernment – 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”
1 John 4:1
The Day of God is upon us; it begins in darkness and culminates in the brightness and radiance of His Glory.
“And the evening and the morning were the… day”
Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31
The sifting of His Church has begun in earnest. There are many aspects of this great winnowing of hearts as God determinedly separates the wheat from the chaff; those who “serve the Lord” from those who serve themselves.
“Then shall ye return,
and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not”
The test of the hour is determined by our serving God, not a church, an organization, a ministry or a teaching. Serving God is a walk in vital communion with Him, where He leads us, speaks to us and we respond by the doing of His Will. The criteria for our life is determined by Him. We live to do His bidding. Our doing is not based on seeking agreement with those around us. It is in our submission to His Will alone whereby we are able to serve Him in truth. Those who seek the consensus of others will never know the joy and depth of communion and relationship with Him. The doing of His Will brings us to the “narrow way”, the way of the Cross of Christ.
Within the confines of the testing of the spirits, which so freely minister in the household of faith, the Apostle speaks to us of the necessity to discern the many voices of this hour. It is critical to note here where John speaks of testing the spirit and says “many false prophets are gone out into the world”, that we are introduced to the correlation between ministry and the spirit in which they are ministering. We must understand the point the Holy Spirit is making here. While many may think they can discern between the true and the false by an intellectual process or scriptural analysis they will actually be ill equipped to judge correctly in this Day.
John is stressing to us the necessity
to try the spirit of the expression
not just the content of it.
“Believe not every spirit…because many false prophets
are gone out into the world”
Excerpt from the Spiritual Discernment and False Prophets Part One Writing