Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” ( I John 4:1). This issue of testing all spirits to know if truly they are of Good does not ment for PROPHETS only. Soo many christians today has done so many mistakes and many will still do more if knowledge is not taken. Why do i say this; men that is instructed to test spirits to know if they are of God, now test the spirits not with REVELATION but with THOUGHTS which is the number one mistake.
Number 2, in our church today unfaithful and unserious members now speak against their shepherds claiming to have tested the spirit and found out that they are not of God. In church, If they are 100%, there is every possibility that almost 90% of them is wrong perception; because not all of them test with REVELATION but with THOUGHTS & GOSSIP. Some test with what another church member said maybe to him or her or to some else, or maybe what an out-sider who does not even know or believe in your doctrine might say to them.
The spirits we need to test first, is not the spirit of that prophet or man of God, but the spirits behind the REVELATION you got concerning that prophet. By-the-way, what is the meaning of this REVELATION? It simply means a surprising disclosure. So which means that there is every possibility that satan can as well have his own REVELATION but still we call it REVELATION. The spirits we need to test first is the spirits of our friends. Testing of spirits has nothing to do with gossips or THOUGHTS but REVELATION. And the bible said that From the moment the girl first saw Paul, she followed him and his companions around shouting, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). Day after day, she continued to follow Paul and shout her chant. Paul found it annoying and finally, could bear it no longer. Believing that the girl's psychic abilities stemmed from possession by a spirit, he ordered the demon to depart. And he was able to test the spirit of this damsel not by thoughts or gossip but by DIVINE REVELATION.
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