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. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
—1 John 4:1-8
by: Katie Brown.
Not everyone who claims they are preaching the Good News is filled with the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible warns that the world is filled with false prophets who will deceive people while claiming they are speaking God’s truth. We may receive these harmful messages through our television programs, books, friends, co-workers, or even some churches in our community. We are to test the spirit of these teachings by comparing their message to the truth in Scripture. It can be easy to be led astray if we do not spend time in the Bible and surround ourselves by other Spirit-filled believers.