THEME: SIGNS OF A PROPHET
1 John 4:1-4
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
-John the apostle reveals that since the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we are able to discern Him from other spirits present in the world. He cautions that we should not trust every spirit but test them first. The foundational teaching of a prophet should be built on the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. We are cautioned against prophets that pose as true witnesses of God but are counterfeit in orientation and do not proclaim that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh from God. Before Paul and Silas were throne to prison, they discerned the spirit of a slave girl possessed by the spirit of divination also known as the python spirit. Her masters made profit out of her predictions of people’s future and could tell that Paul and Silas were servants of God; who proclaimed the message of salvation. After some time; Paul prayed for her and the Lord delivered her from the evil spirit (Acts16:16-18). We should then distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood (1 John 4:6). Some prophets operate under both spirits and can cause spiritual misalignment among their congregants. They tell of false and deceptive visions to gain a following (Lamentations 2:14). Like the slave girls encounter, some also use their seer abilities to enrich themselves. It is advisable then to test every spirit and the Holy Spirit who dwells in us will direct us in all truth.
I love You O LORD, my Strength, my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, My God, in You I put my trust. You are my Shield and the horn of my salvation, my Stronghold, I will praise You all the days of my life. I call upon You LORD, who is worthy to be praised and You shall save me from all my enemies. Fill us with the gift of discernment Holy Spirit and save us from the spirit of deception we humbly implore You. Reveal to us the spirit of falsehood and deliver us from false prophets. Save all Your people Lord and bring us all to life everlasting. We acknowledge that only You Jesus are our Lord and Savior; who became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld Your glory. Only You are the Rock of our salvation, we put all our hope and trust in You. Thank You for becoming our ever present help Holy Spirit in our time of need. May Your grace overtake us and may Your presence always go with us. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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