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Test the Spirits

September 30, 2015

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Test  the Spirits

There isn’t anyone  (except God Almighty)  who knows everything.     God knows all things,  even our most secret thoughts.     But every single person  in this world  lacks all sorts  of knowledge.     It can be frustrating  —  to say the least  —  especially when  our lack  of knowledge  leads  to troubles.

There are many times  when we can save ourselves  a lot of trouble,  if we take the time  to do some solid,  trustworthy research.     We already know  that Jesus warned us  in Matthew 24:11,

Many false prophets  will arise  and will mislead many.

We need  to pay attention  to Jesus’ warning.     Jesus’ disciples  witnessed all sorts  of false prophets  right from the beginning,  so the New Testament has many warnings about false prophets.     1 John 4:1 lovingly teaches,

Beloved,  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.

These warnings should put us  on guard  —  and keep us  on guard.     We can only be  on guard  by studying the Bible  for ourselves.     God’s word  has already revealed  all the truths  we need  to know  in order  to be  a truly saved child  of God.     So,  we need  to think  and compare  everything  that is being preached  with what God’s word  has already shown us.     Honest truth  will stand up  to a full investigation  with God’s  eternal word.

We need  to compare  the Old Testament prophecies  with the fulfillments  in Christ Jesus.     When we do that,  2 Peter 1:19  tells us,

So we have  the prophetic word  made more sure,  to which  you do well  to pay attention  as to a lamp shining  in a dark place,  until the day dawns  and the morning star arises  in your hearts.

Seeing Jesus  as the fulfillment  of Old Testament prophecy,  we confidently say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for washing away  absolutely all  of our sins.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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