Do Not Believe Every Spirit

by Eric Dunbar

Test thespirits“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). People today are searching for God, and because they are hungry for knowledge of the Creator, many people are being misled by spirits that are not of God.

There is a lot of misleading information being circulated on the Internet about spirituality by people who mean well. But do not believe every spirit because there are many false prophets, some of whom do not know they are misleading people. If you’re on Facebook and Instagram, you see examples of spiritual inaccuracies all the time; you may have even forwarded some of them to your friends.

Messages that contain spiritual fallacies will immediately get your attention because they sound spiritually “deep.” However, the end of the message is a dead giveaway as most of them will say something like: “Resend this to ‘18’ of your friends, and 1 miracle will happen today”; or, “Trust in God and send this message to 18 friends, don’t ignore it, and in 4 minutes, you will receive good news.” Really! Surely you must know that the God of the Bible is not a God of chance. He is deliberate and purposeful. He blesses directly and you don’t have to do anything to merit being blessed. If the only qualification for receiving a blessing from God is to send a message to 18 of your Facebook friends, then everyone in the world would be blessed.

If you are a Christian, you should at least know the basic attributes of the God whom you profess to worship. Do not believe every spirit that comes to you in the name of God, but rather you should learn to test the spirits to see whether they are of God. How do you test the spirits? Weigh their words by the Word of God. In other words, if the spirit is of God, the Bible will bear witness to what that spirit is saying.

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